Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Deepening the Pantry

How many of you have had food storage on the mind?

I know that with all the talk about viruses and quarantines and that more people are taking this topic a little more seriously. But so many other just like to do it "just in case."

Many homemakers have found it helpful and a lifesaver if there is a layoff or some other kind of unforeseen emergency that arises.

A wise man stores up choice food and oil but fools gulp theirs down." Proverbs 21:20.

I wanted to share a few valuable tips to get started if you haven't already:

1. Buy twice as many when you shop - to make it easier on your budget try just buying double of what you are already buying or just focus on getting a few things in bulk.

2. Think about shelf life for long lasting items - You want to make sure you get food that will last and won't perish quickly.

3. Rotate what you have. If you store a ton of food be sure to eat up what will expire quicker so that there won't be any waste.

We have three pantries in our home. One is upstairs in the kitchen, two are downstairs in different locations. Here is one type of shelving unit that I use for one and here is one that is similar in style to the other (I can't find the exact one on Amazon but I bought mine at Lowes).

And here is quick list of some basic items to deepen your pantry with. I have provided links in case you see something that you like or need:

flour (baking ingredients)
pasta sauces
dehydrated milk (or one that has a long shelf life)
canned soup
canned veggies
canned meat (chicken, tuna, salmon)
granola bars
dried fruit
nuts, peanut butter

(This is a inspiring picture of pretty jars but your pantry doesn't have to be anything fancy,
  you can just keep it simple and store it straight from the store like we do.)

ramen noodles
extra water
cleaning supplies
trash bags
pet food


toilet paper


laundry detergent
dishwashing soap
emergency kit (band-aids, rubbing alcohol, Neosporin)

paper plates, napkins, cups, silverware

Don't forget fresh and frozen foods. Some find having an extra fridge or freezer helps. Some large families I know even have a few of each!

We hope this list was helpful in building up your pantry.

What else would you add to this list?

Note: This post contains affiliate links--thanks for your support.


Keeping The Tie That Binds said...

Wow! Thanks so much for the list. My husband always says that we have enough food to eat on for a year without having to go shopping. I guess my hoarding may come in handy after all. I wrote this week on the importance of family dinner,

Regina said...

I want to mention about trash bags. Make sure you get the unscented kind in case you want to store food and you use your vacuum cleaner to make a vacuum seal.

Yvonne Chase said...

Great list. Jars of nut butter are a staple for me; almond butter specifically. It's a great and filling snack right out of the jar or with apples.

June Fuentes @ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home said...

Dear Unknown,

Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to checking out your link!

June Fuentes @ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home said...

Dear Regina,

Great idea-- thanks for the tip!

June Fuentes @ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home said...

Dear Yvonne,

Yes, nut butters are a great idea--thanks for sharing!


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