“A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 27:12
Remember having a deep pantry isn’t just about having extra food on hand. It is also about having the means to survive in an emergency situation, having all the extra food isn’t going to do you much good if you can’t cook it when the power is out. If you are having a hard time trying to afford filling a deep pantry read my post on “having a Deep Pantry on a tight budget.”
Don’t forget to share what you were able to do this past week to have a deep pantry/food storage. Let’s encourage each other. And if you have a question feel free to ask or if you have the answer to a question feel free to answer. If you have a tip or idea you can share that also. As I said let’s make this a place where we can share and encourage others to get that deep pantry.
5 Pounds Shortening, lard, or oils / Foil. wrap, and baggies
Shortening, lard and oils, I use my own rendered lard to cook with since it is better for you then the hydrogenated shortenings. I do keep a little shortening and oil on hand. I use the oil in a spray bottle to spray the bottom of pans. The shortening I use in soap. As with everything be sure to rotate. If you plan to make your own soaps you might want to try and get a little extra. Shortening will last longer then oils if kept in a cool place. I keep lard and just rotate it, same as shortening if keep in a cool, place it will keep longer. I also have some tallow and lard canned which helps to keep it longer. Wal-Mart has 8 LBS lard for 9.78, 2 LBS 10 OZ shortening for 3.98, and 1-gallon Vegetable oil for 5.96, Get what you use so you will be able to rotate.
Foil, plastic wrap, wax paper, and baggies They are handy to have. I am trying to get away from using any of these. But I do like to have the wax paper and baggies for freezing. The foil and plastic wrap I have cut way back on and hope to completely stop using these. I hope to do a post soon on some of the alternates to these things. Remember you can wash out the baggies and reuse unless you have stored meat in them.
How is your learning to sew coming along? Even if you don’t know someone to teach you, there are a lot of u-tube videos that can get you started. As I mentioned start with an easy pattern, something like pillowcases where it is just straight seams so you can learn the basics then work your way up. If you don’t have a sewing machine try and learn how to sew a little by hand so you can at least mend and sew on buttons.
Have you been able to get some extra fuel put away? Don’t forget to add fuel stabilizer and store in a well-ventilated area away from any flames or sparks.
What I was able to get done the last couple weeks,
I bought 50 pounds of onions, 4 turkeys, peanut butter, we put 3/4 of a beef in the freezer, and canned 14 quarts of pumpkin. I think that was about it.