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Friday, February 20, 2009

What's In The Pantry?

I thought it would be nice to take a peek at some of the items that we have stored in our home pantry - most of this was put in place in the past 6 months to one year, as we rotate our items regularly. We make it a habit to try to stay 1+1 or more on almost everything. Each time we go to the store, in addition to buying what we need, we try to buy 1+ of each item and then put it in our reserve pantry. This is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to steadily increase your storage supplies.

Our 2009 Storage Pantry:

FOOD PRESERVATION (things I canned)

Apple Butter = 11.5 pints
Brandied Pears = 4 pints
Bread and Butter Pickles = 6.5 pints
Cucumber Relish = 5.5 pints
Fig Preserves = 3.25 pints
Hot Pickled Veggie Mix = 13.5 pints
Peach Cobbler Preserves = 20.5 pints
Pear Butter = 9.5 pints
Pears In Syrup = 7.5 pints
Pear Pickles = 9.5 pints
Pickled Okra = 10 pints
Squash Pickles = 9.5 quarts
Squash Relish = 15.5 pints
Stew Meat = 7 quarts
Sweet Pickle Relish = 11 pints
Sweet Pickle Spears = 6.5 pints
Tomato Preserves = 4.5 pints
Seasoned Ground Beef

FREEZER STORES

Apple Slices = 10 pounds
Bell Pepper Slices = 4 pints
Blueberries = 10 gallons
Green Beans = 4 quarts
Peach Puree = 4 gallons
Peach Slices = 4 gallons
Peas, Various = 2 gallons
Yellow Squash = 2 quarts
Home Canned Pesto
Coffee Beans
Butter
Cornmeal
Cheese
Nuts
Extra Ice Packs
Pizza
Meatloaf (homemade)
Lasagna (homemade)
Soup Stock

In the Freezer From our Pasture-fed Ranch:

Beef = 1 whole
Lamb = 1 side
Pork = 1 whole

Grain and Other Stores in our Overflow Pantry:

Kamut = 25 pounds
Millet = 10 pounds
Spelt = 25 pounds
Wheat = 300 pounds
Rice = 200 pounds
Pasta = 40 pounds
Pumpkin Seeds = 5 pounds
Unbleached All-Purpose Flour = 50 pounds
Sugar = 30 pounds
Oats = 20 pounds
Cornmeal = 15 pounds
Wheat Germ
Flax Seeds
Sprouting Seeds
Heirloom Vegetable Seeds
Popcorn
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Yeast
Spices
Powdered Milk
Peanut Butter
Oils
Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
Borax
Canning Jars and Lids
Spaghetti Sauce
Ketchup and other condiments
Coffee Beans
Tea
Walnuts, Pecans - vacuum sealed
Dehydrated Apples
Dried / Dehydrated Fruits
Various canned goods from the store, such as pineapple rings, mandarin oranges, whole corn, green peas, carrots, broths, whole tomatoes and the like.
Feminine Hygiene Items
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Rubbing Alcohol
Various Over-the-counter medicines

I'm sure I'm forgetting a few items in my overflow pantry, as I don't have my list handy right now, but you get a good idea of what we're keeping on hand at the moment.

It is comforting to know that we have plenty of food on hand for many reasons. One is that I'm not pressured to go to the grocery every week and pay whatever the going prices are. I usually grocery shop only once a month. By preserving my own food or buying in bulk on occasion, I stay away from the grocery and weekly spending. Also, the food that I've preserved is fresher, free of artificial colors and preservatives and, in our opinion anyway, tastes much better.

From an Emergency Preparedness standpoint, you never know when these food stores might come in handy due to job loss, economic downturn, bad winter weather or the like.

Please feel free to share what's in your pantry!

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