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)
dehydrated milk (or one that has a long shelf life)
canned meat (chicken, tuna, salmon)
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.)
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?
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