Week 2 Deep Pantry/ Food Storage Challenge

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In this year’s Deep pantry/Food Storage Challenge I will be doing it a little different then last years so be sure to check out each week’s challenge. I will also be focusing a little more on skills which I will have a separate post for in the next couple of days.


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.


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, 

50 Lbs flour or wheat and 1 lb yeast (More if you can afford it).

50 pounds of flour or wheat, if you have a grinder you can get wheat, if not get flour. I don’t remember the exact price of flour at Wal-Mart, but I know it was right around 9.00 for 25 pounds. So a little under 20 dollars you can get 50 pounds of flour.


White flour will last longer than wheat flour in storage. If you live in a place that freezes during the winter get your flour now and you can store it out in a shed or somewhere where it will freeze. Just pour in a bucket, add a couple pieces of spearmint gum, and put the lid on.  If it freezes really good for at least a few days, it will last a very long time ( I opened some flour a few months ago from 08 and it was still good). If you don’t live where it freezes put it in the freezer for a couple days to kill all the little bugs that are in it. Then put it in some Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers.  If using Mylar bags you still need to put them in buckets, this will keep varmints from trying to chew through.


1 pound of yeast is 5.69 at bulk foods where I buy mine.

1 Pound yeast,  1 pound of yeast is 5.69 at bulk foods where I buy mine. Sams club has it for around 7 dollars for 2 pounds. Not too sure how much it is at Wal-Mart.

Yeast will keep for a very long time in the freezer. I keep mine in the freezer and have a smaller container that holds about a cup that I fill and keep in my fridge to use.


The action item for this month will be to get in shape. If things go south you will be having to do a lot more physical work 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 (at the time) and his grandmother had come to town and were unable to get back home, and had to stay with us. Andy had been checking on his Mom and was stuck on the other side.  I was able to use that example for the girls 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. ).


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 I was able to get done this week. I didn’t get as much done as I had planned I am working on the fairs web page and trying to get the lessons started back up in the daycare. I did get 5 gallons of kombucha in the second fermentation and I did several different flavors ( Root beer, Cherry, Strawberry lemonade, pomegranate, and plain), I was gifted a sourdough started woohoo have been wanting one for a while ( it made the best bread ever), I got some lemons and tomatoes fermenting, I have some carrots and garlic to ferment, got grapefruits in the dehydrator, got my sprouting system for chicken feed back up and running, and a little bit of basil off my plant stored in salt. I think that was about it.


What were you able to do for your deep pantry?

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

  1. NRP

    Flour or Wheat berries.
    I always freeze them for at least a week, not that there ‘are’ bugs, but there ‘could be’. Make dane sure to allow to defrost/thaw before you package allowing the moisture to stabilize. You don’t want the floue to rot from moisture.
    I usually store the Berries in buckets without the Mylar bags, a stick of Gum, as Rancher’s Wife suggested, or a few Bay Leaves.

    A hint; go to the local Grocery store that has a bakery, that usually have food grade buckets to give away, seems I go to Safeway and get 10-15 every time, also they have anywhere from 1 gallon to 5 gallon, Free is good.

    Do NOT use Pickle Buckets, or your flour WILL taste like pickles, I don’t care how you clean it, you will never get all the ‘smell’ out.

    I get mine from Sam’s Club, $4.78 for two pounds Fleischmann’s. It’s in Mylar foil already, so I just toss it into the freezer. AND it will last for many years if you don’t have the freezer room.

    The ‘Extra Item’ for the month is a Car Kit; welllll it just happens I’m now in possession of a new-to-me Jeep Liberty (got a heck of a deal on it). So I will be putting a Car Kit together this month for it, and if Rancher’s Wife has no problem, I’ll list the things I’m putting in it. Now remember this is only the Car Kit, so no food, water, clothing, stuff like that. Just what I want in for ‘car stuff’.

    The deep pantry.
    I added a few cases of caned vegies and some Spices (don’t forget Spices in your Deep Pantry) and a splash of Fuel to the stash, Propane and Diesel mainly.

    On the Sour Dough, remember the older the ‘Starter’ the better it will work, a ‘new’ starter will need a little more added to work. A friend has a starter that 5 years old, and they now use ½ the ‘normal’ amount, and boyyyy ohhhh boyyy is it make GOOD bread.

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      I wish we could get the buckets for free here I have to pay a dollar for them but still cheaper than buying new haha.
      I also wish we had a Sams a little closer I know it isn’t that far but it still takes a day by the time I go to Hobby Lobby and everywhere else I need to go haha.

      I would love for you to share what you put in your “Car Kit” I have been wanting to do a post on that but since you are already putting on together haha would love for you to share.

      I was really lucky the starter I got comes from a starter that is close to 100 years old and so far I haven’t killed it haha. She has been keeping it in the fridge and only uses and feeds twice a week. I think I am going to take half of it and put it on the counter and feed every day so I have it to use every day.

      Have a great day,
      AKA Ranchers Wife

  2. Marti

    Great post. We’re not at the point yet where we can have a deep pantry, but soon I hope. We always have a lot of water stored in our storm closet and my goal this year is to get a Berkey filter. A car kit is a good idea for everyone in every type climate or situation.

  3. Sheri

    Great info. Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma’s House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Link Party. I pinned this to Pinterest! Hope you can join us again next week.

  4. Ma Kettle

    I have appreciated your Deep Pantry posts for several months now. Sure has woke me up to the need to take an inventory so I can try to have things on hand.
    I am a widow so it’s really important to me to be sure that I can take care of what I need and have it on hand BEFORE I need it and when I need it.
    Your posts give me a guide to go by and for that I am really appreciative!
    Keep up the good work!

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      Ma Kettle,
      Thank you, It does feel good to know you have on hand the things you need and are prepared for what comes your way. Keep up the good work
      Have a great day