Week 9 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 was 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. If you are just starting you will want to go back and start with Januarys challenge.


The amounts are for two people If you have more just double to what you need.


Also while you are doing this if you see something on sale that you think you will need pick it up. You can catch up the with the list later. Always better to buy when on sale then not.

This week you will want to get.

 6 lbs yeast / Garden seeds get Heirlooms or non-hybrid, so you can save seeds for next year.

You can store your yeast in the freezer to give it a longer shelf-life. Look into sourdough for when there is no yeast or you are short on yeast. Sourdough is easy to use, taste good and you can make a lot of different things with it.
I order my bulk yeast and spices from Bulk Herbs. We don’t have a large discount store ( Costco or Sams) close so I try to order a lot of these kinds of things.

Try and get non-hybrid or heirloom seeds and plants and save the seeds for next year so you will always have seeds.


The action item for this month is to learn C.P.R. and some 1st aid. A lot of fire departments and Red Cross centers will offer CPR and basic 1st aid classes for a small fee and sometimes for free.


The extra item this month is packs, we use our hunting packs for this and we take them where ever we go. Each one of us has our own. These would be the same thing as bug out bags. I will try to get a post up soon on what to put in them.


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.


Continue planning your garden and getting it ready.


What I was able to get done this week? I have been taking a First Responders class I stared a few weeks ago. It will give me a little more than basic first aid and CPR. We bought a pig that will be going to the butcher this week.

2 Replies to “Week 9 Deep Pantry/Food Storage Challenge”

  1. NRP

    Morning All;
    6 lbs yeast / Garden seeds, Ok I’ll be the first to say it, 6 pounds of yeast is a LOT of yeast there Rancher’s Wife.
    BUT if you store it correctly than yes it will keep for a VERY long time, as a matter of fact, I broke into a ‘Brick’ a month back that well over 3 years past its “Best By” date it is still very active.
    I kept in sealed in the Mylar packaging in a cool place, worked well. But seriously 6 Pounds??? HAHAHAHA
    I get the Fleischmann’s® Active Dry Yeast from Sam’s Club sold in the one pound brick bundled in two for around $4.78 for the two, so with that in mind, just go for the 6 pounds LOLOL
    For storing it even longer, just freeze it.
    You mentioned Sour Dough, I happen to have made my first ever Sour Dough Bread this past weekend, I will NEVER buy bread from a store again…. YUMMMM!!!!! And so dang easy it’s amazing, AND cheap. Did I mention Easy? And cheap? Seriously I ate ½ the loaf within an hour…. No wonder I’m Fat… heheheeh

    A word on heirloom seeds, if your one with even a little consideration on the shape of the world and have a Garden, use heirloom seeds. I use a company called Baker Seeds. Very nice people and have never had a problem with the seeds, never.

    The extra item this month is packs; I agree, time to dump all the “stuff” from the BOB, GHB, Med-Bag, Vehicle-Bag, EDC, and the Dog’s BOB. Sort it all out, refresh the perishables, change out the water, check the dates on the Med-Bag medicines, and just clean the darn things out.

    Well, it’s been snowing and raining for 35 years now, or so it seems, so I’m knee deep in MUD!!!!! Perfect time to make some more additions to the Deep Pantry; also service the Generators and just do a good cleaning up in the sheds and Garage.

  2. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

    So does that mean my 15 pounds of yeast in the freezer is too much lol.

    I agree about the sourdough it is so so good I even made fry bread out of it last night and it was so good. I have a hard time eating bread but it seems like the sourdough doesn’t bother me as bad as the regular bread.

    Thanks for the info on where to buy seeds I am going to have to go check them out.

    Going through my pack and updating it is something else I need to do.

    P.S. We had an earthquake this morning, craziest thing ever.