“Part of self-reliance is building a resilient community of hard goods and soft goods (spiritual, emotional, educational) around us, proximate, and relationally-oriented". Joel Salatin
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Food Pantry Re-Do & Some Prepping Info-
I was thinking it was time to re-organize my food pantry (bedroom) closet. I decided to bone up again, and started reading about more types of emergency food storage. I browsed the web. Wow, there's a lot out there in cyber land! I found the food section in this very useful- Zero to Prepared- Fast, Simple & Low Cost I was already doing "copy canning" I just didn't know it was called that. I moved things around, re-did some locations, checked what I had and did some shopping today. My weak spot had been veggies and pastas. I had 2 big buckets on the very top shelves, 1 of freeze dried veggies, and 1 of fruits. They ate up a lot of shelf space. So I put them here-
in the living room, back of the entertainment center, where my cookbooks/CDs live!
Today I bought- Pastas, dried beans, chili with meat, #10 can dried potatoes (I know I live in Idaho!), canned veggies. I'm pretty good on veggies, spices, condiments, fruits, dairy, grain and beans. Here's a peek-
Condiments, oils, shortening, snacks, pastas, crackers, cookies
Grains, rices, teas, coffee, vinegars
Veggies, quick desserts, baking supplies
6 gallons of water, we also have a 55 gal. rain barrel so the filter is out, to the left of the bottles
Longer term storage in back- dried butter, eggs, fruits, veggies, corn meal, food mills,
empties are for rolled oats... forgot to re-stock!
Drinks, dairy, pilot bread/crackers, chips, & table cream (awesome). Tastes like the real thing chilled.
Meats, soups, broths
Fruits and honey, some of the fancy goodies were gifts
Quick soup mixes, camping quick breads
As you can see I like a lot of variety! I've heard about food fatigue, where people will simply stop eating out of the sheer boredom of subsisting off few foods. Not a good idea. When you hear certain groups promoting storing only a few foods, branch out! I have wheat, and flour, but I also have: buckwheat grouts, rolled & steel cut oats, rices, spelt, cornmeal. You can make a lot of different things out of that. Keep lots of spices, condiments, jams, jellies (I can a lot of my own). Think different combos! Be creative and plan ahead...