Week 4 Deep Pantry/ Food Storage Challenge

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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 to fill 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.


This first month will be a jump start to get a little ahead so if things go south before you can get everything you want, at least you have something to survive on.
The amounts are for two people If you have more just double to what you need.


This week you will want to get.

20 Cans of Vegetables / 20 Cans of Fruit

20 Cans of vegetables, Canned vegetables at Wal-Mart are 68 cents a can. If you watch for sales at other stores you can usually pick them up for 50 cents. Get what your family will eat. If possible can your own.


20 Cans of Fruit, Canned fruit at Wal-Mart is 98 cents up to 1.98 depending on what you get.  Once again watch for sales, and if possible can your own.


The action item for this month is to get in shape. If things go south you will be having to do a lot more physical work and you will need to be in shape so that you will be able to do the things you need to do.


The extra item for this month is a car kit if you don’t already have one. You Can go here to see what I have in ours. You will want one for each vehicle that your family drives. Even the teenagers. They may balk at it but do it anyway.A few years ago there was a bad accident about 20 miles from us that had the highway closed down for most of the night. people were stuck on each end that lived on the other side, so a lot of people were displaced. Joleen’s boyfriend and his grandmother had come to town and were unable to get back home, and had to stay with us. But I was able to use that example as to why you should always have a car kit in your vehicle, even if you don’t travel very far from home.


Every week you will want to put back water. You can buy it, or fill your empty juice and soda bottles. You can also store water in your empty canning jars, as you empty your jars just add some water and put the lid back on. You don’t have to can this water but if you wanted to you could. You can also put water in bleach and detergent bottles ( this will be non-potable but you could flush and wash dishes with it.). You can go here for more information water


Every week you will also want to put back a few dollars, even if it is a small amount it will add up. Save your ones and if you can your fives and all your loose change from paying with cash. It will add up pretty quickly.


What were you able to do for your deep pantry?

5 Replies to “Week 4 Deep Pantry/ Food Storage Challenge”

  1. NRP

    Rancher’s Wife;
    I agree 1000% on the Caned Vegs/Fruit. Start with a couple of cases, AND add as you can.
    A word on “Best By Dates”. Please read up on this misconception of “Best By Dates” on canned goods, IMHO, a bunch of bunk that the producers invent to have millions of cans of food tossed out so they can sell more. YES some things do go “bad” and yes some foods degenerate after the “Date”.
    But guess what, if you FIFO (first in first out), have a GOOD Inventory, and “Eat what you store and store what you eat” you’ll never have to waste food. Sorry but this BB-Dates literally drives me nuts-er.

    Ok, what I got done this week…. Caught a ‘help’ of a cold from some idiot that would not stay away from work, YES he’s going to get yelled at today, and I’m flat telling my boss that if this fool comes to work sick again, I’m going home and he’s paying me to do so. I lost 2 good days of work and my weekend because if this cold…. UGHHHHH

    I was able to add some to my Pantry (not adding that cost to the $200 a month challenge) and add to the Fuel storage, (10 gallons of Kerosene).
    Other than that, got nada done around the house besides sleep and take Nyquil and Chicken Soup.

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      Hope you are feeling better, I know what you mean about stay home if you are sick I have parents bring their kids when they are sick, drives me nuts because then all the other ones get it then I end up getting it ( I was pretty much the same way this last weekend didn’t get much of anything done since I was feeling awful)there is only so much disinfecting I can do.

      Best buy dates drive me crazy I know people who will not use anything if it is past the best by date no matter how short they are on money. And all the good food that gets tossed drives me nuts.

      Kerosene is something I need to get more of I have a little but it is hard to find here so it always gets put off. Usually, have to get it in DUR. but don’t get over there very often.

      1. NRP

        Rancher’s Wife;
        On Kero, I get mine in DRO, at the pump (several stations have it).
        Do the math, in those 5 gallon cans ya buy at most stores is right around $50+, at most pumps it’s $3.00ish a gallon. so $15 for the very same stuff AND if you need to buy containers Wally World has Kerosene 5-gallon jugs for $14.
        so around 1/2 the price even if you buy the container…. Well worth the drive to California East for it.

  2. Marybeth

    I just filled a case of canning jars with water. Thanks for the tip. I will work on the other empty ones this week. I bought another 10 pounds of rice. I always have 5 bags in the pantry and then the one that is open so 50 -60 pounds of white rice are always in the house. I bought 6 big cans of whole tomatoes. They were on sale. They will last me 6 months with all of the sauce I canned myself.

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      Doesn’t it feel good to know you have things put back so if something happens you don’t have to worry :)? And that is such a good use for the empty jars.
      Have a great fay