Week 36 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

A deep pantry a good thing to have.

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.

50 pounds Wheat / Cocoa powder, chocolate chips, chocolate milk mix ect.


Wheat will store longer then flour, but if you don’t use wheat or don’t have a grinder there is no point in storing wheat so get 50 pounds of flour. If you live in a cold climate you can store the wheat or flour in buckets out in a shed where they will stay frozen all winter this will kill all the little critters that are in them. I also like to add some spearmint gum with the flour (someone told me years ago that that will help keep out the bugs). If you live in a warmer climate you will need to store in airtight containers and use oxygen absorbers in them to kill all the critters, or put in the freezer for 48 hours. I like to buy my flour and wheat in the fall so that it will sit in the cold all winter long. I have flour from 08 that is still good.

Cocoa Powder, Chocolate chips, Chocolate Milk Mix.

 It is nice to have a little chocolate when things are bad. If you can find cocoa powder in bulk it is a little cheaper.

You can make your own chocolate chips if you have cocoa powder I will try to show how soon. If you do store chocolate chips you need to make sure you store them with no oxygen. I have an attachment with my seal a meal to get the air out of jars for dry packing. I have some from 5 years ago that are still good  You could put them in your seal a meal bags. Or you could also store them with oxygen absorbers ( I haven’t used these yet but have heard they are easy and really work).

Same thing for chocolate milk mix if you have cocoa powder you can make your own.

Add a little more to our money stash remember it all adds up and every little bit helps.

Put back a little more water.

Have you thought about or got a wheat grinder?

Are you getting information on medicinal herbs found?

What I was able to get done this week.

I got the chicken coop cleaned and ready for the chickens, hopefully we will pick them up in the next couple days, I expanded the dog kennel by 24 feet it is nice and large now ( 48 ft by 12ft ), More work done on the shop, harvested some sage from the herb garden.

I got 40 pints of peppers canned. And bought a large container of dried onions, 2 gallons of white vinegar, 4 boxes of canning lids, 3 cases of wide mouth jars (for the honey) 36 quarts of honey, 5 frozen pizzas that were on clearance sale, 10 frozen oranges juices, 2, 32 ounce cranberry juice concentrate, 6 bars of Irish spring soap (for pest control) 3 pounds bees wax, and 2 bottles of lemon juice.

I think this is about all I got done this week

What were you able to get done this week?


11 Replies to “Week 36 Deep Pantry / Food Storage Challenge”

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      My girls keep telling me Mom you have enough, I say no because any time you guys need any thing where do you go? . Not the store lol.

  1. Lexie

    Ooh…interesting thoughts here. I haven’t ever really given thought to having an emergency supply of food in our home. Thank you for the tips!

  2. Lady Locust

    40 pints of peppers! And 36 quarts of honey?! Wowza! Nice! I’ve never tried with wheat berries but I have with rice- hot jar canned it and it keeps quite well without going stale. Hope that helps. I love my pantry ?

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      Lady Locust,
      I have hot jar canned but since I have my dry pack canner attachment for my seal a meal I really haven’t do it lately. I am lucky (well sort of lol) that I live where we stay in the freezing temps for long periods of time so it keeps my wheat and rice without having to do much else to them.
      Aren’t full pantry’s are the greatest.
      Have a great day

  3. BettieG

    Your deep pantry sounds and looks beautiful! What a blessing to be able to provide for your family like that! I am not able physically to do all of the work that I used to do. But this fall I have counted it a HUGE blessing to be able to use the extra cucumbers in our garden to make many jars of pickles. God does provide! Blessed to be your neighbor over at #TuneInThursday this week.

  4. Jann Olson

    You accomplished a lot this week. I was able to bottle salsa. A friend helped me and we got 48 pints. Thanks for sharing with SYC.