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

    A suggestion, or two, on the Canned Fruits and Vegetables.
    Stick with the good old “Store what you Eat and Eat what you Store”.
    Also, shy away from the high acid canned foods, Pineapple and Tomatoes mainly, as they will not “store” as long.
    Buy some goods in Glass not Plastics or tin, such as Pineapple and Tomatoes.
    Lastly, please remember the “Best By” date is not necessarily the OMG I have to throw this away and buy more date. Be smart, know how to store foods, become one that can recognize when to toss food and when it’s good.
    BUT!!!!! Remember, when in doubt, throw it out.

    Stuff I got done;
    I cycled out my Gas, used it, and treated the new with Pri-G.
    Picked up some more Dog Food, canned and Dry.
    Added a few more Soaps to the DP and rechecked the Inventory
    YOU are keeping an Inventory….. Right?????

  2. Chaniqua

    I’m in scramble mode now. Been having a toothache and avoiding the dentist. Just made an appointment. Put in an online request to have prescriptions refilled and mailed to me. Things I should have already had done…but I’m a habitual procrastinator lol.

    Bought some untreated lumbar to make my raised garden beds tomorrow.

    Picked up some extra disinfecting wipes and bleach.

    Hopefully I am worried for nothing. I just don’t want to be caught off guard and this coronavirus thing ends up being as bad as some people expect.

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      I hope your tooth is better nothing worse than a toothache. I did the same lol git some extra wipes and bleach and I never use the wipes but would rather have them and not need them then need them and not have them.

      I really hop it isn’t bad but I have a really bad feeling about it and I am not one to worry about things like this but it does have me worried.

      Have a great day

  3. Toni (in Niagara)

    I found a deal on mangoes – a $15 lb box for $4.50. Now, I need a quick Youtube lesson on how to dehydrate them. I’ve had mango one or twice in my life, but never bought or prepared any. Maybe I can can some too? A skill I am learning is cheese making – bought my first rennet today. Sometimes we can find milk on clearance just before its BB date for 50 cents for 4 litres (regular price of milk here is $4.59 for 4 litres). Knowing how to turn that into cheese would be amazing.
    I noticed these things from your 2018 canning/freezing list: 2-gallon bags dried orange slices; 3 gallons frozen orange slices; 1-gallon orange ends dehydrated; and
    1 gallon dried orange peels. If you have a free moment, could you please tell us what you do with these? Are the ends and peels just for flavorings? Are the peels on the slices when you freeze or dry them? How do you use these things please?
    Many thanks!

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      That is a great deal on Mangos, I hadn’t ever had one till a few years ago and I loved them. Last year I got some on sale and canned a bunch and made jam with some they were so good. I didn’t dehydrate any but would like to try I think they would be so good dehydrated.

      That is a good deal on the milk also, I have done a little cheese-making but not much is something I need to try and do more of. You can also can milk when you have extra.

      On the oranges I use the ends in water to make the house smell good, I grind up the orange slices and peels to use as flavoring in foods, for Vit C powder, Cookies, and for zest. I also add the slices to water for flavor. You can also use the peels for fire starters. And yes I leave the peels on when I dehydrate the slices. The frozen slices we just eat, add to water and cook with. You can also freeze the oranges whole to eat or use. I also make a whole orange cake that uses the whole orange I will get that posted soon also.
      I will try to get the recipe up soon for the cookies.

      Have a great day