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Jul 10, 2014

Food Pantry Re-Do & Some Prepping Info, Food Fatigue

“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

Food Fatigue-
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...


Michelle said...

I love the ideal of using a closet for storage. This year I have started dehydrating my own veggie for long term storage. I am also trying some of the jar meals for storage. I am new to long turn storage. So any and all tip will help. I got some great ideals just from this post. Thanks.

Susan said...

I may have to fly you up here to organize me! My pantry has never looked that good! I use closets and shelving (in the cats' room) for my pantry. I keep telling myself I need to organize it, but it keeps going to the bottom of the list. You are an inspiration!

Nancy po said...

Thanks Michelle, it's good to share ideas:)

Thanks Susan, and I envy you having the room to grow all that food!

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Nancy po said...

Thanks!!! Your comment went into the spam folder or I would have answered sooner :)