I have updated the post on having a deep pantry to also include food storage since they are pretty much the same thing. I know that some people would rather say they have a deep pantry and that is the way they like to think of it, and some like to say they have food storage. Regardless of what you want to call it it is a very important thing to have. When I say deep pantry/ food storage, I also mean things other than food such as alternative heat sources, cooking sources, and lighting.
How long would you be able to feed you family if for some reason you couldn’t get to the store, or had no money to buy groceries with?
Do you have to stop by the store on your way home and pick up something to fix for dinner? (I worked at a grocery store years ago and every evening the same people would come in picking up something for dinner.) You get ready to make something do you have to run to the store or the neighbors to get an ingredient that you don’t have? ( Curious George is on right now and even the man with the yellow hat has to run to town to get food for dinner haha)
Most people have one to two weeks’ worth of food in their homes, if even that. So many people eat out, a lot. When they do eat at home most of it is prepackaged foods very little from scratch cooking. Just look at places that are getting ready to get hit by a big storm the grocery shelves are wiped clean. I know if you work outside the home it is harder to make sure you have from scratch dinners but with a little planning you can do it. I will be sharing ideas for that in the near future.
So back to the question how long could you feed your family if you couldn’t get to the store? Wouldn’t it be reassuring to know that if something happened, like a weather event, or a job loss, riots or some unforeseen event that you have enough food to feed your family? We have all kinds of insurance for our homes, car, health and life so why not have food insurance. Just think of the peace of mind you would have. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. You don’t have to get the expensive freeze dried foods in fact you want to store what you eat and eat what you store. In a crises situation the last thing you want to do is introduce unfamiliar foods to your family.
That is where having a deep pantry/ food storage comes in. So what is a deep pantry? Our ancestors relied on deep pantry’s to survive the winters. They grew a big portion of their food and stored it to get through the winters. Some people are trying to return to this, they are seeing the wisdom in doing so. We live in very uncertain times right now, natural disasters, manmade disasters, uncertain weather, The stock market is at an all-time high (what goes up must eventually come down) just like before the great depression. We have whole cities going bankrupt ( like Detroit did a couple years ago, and they cut all the city pensions by 80 %. ), Our national debt is almost 20 trillion dollars, Civil unrest, high unemployment, and underemployment. I feel it is a very important thing to do. It is not a matter of if, but when all this is going to come crashing down and the longer they kick the can down the road the harder it is going to be, so wouldn’t it be nice to know that you have some food and provisions set back just in case. Maybe none of these things will happen (we have to pray, but I am not going to hold my breath) then you could think of it as an investment, the cost of food is going up every day and the packaging is getting smaller. If you had bought food four years ago it would be doubled if not tripled in value today.
Having a deep pantry means you can eat more healthy by not having to just grab something or run by the nearest takeout place. And honestly wouldn’t be a great piece of mind to know that whatever happens you will be able to feed you family.
So how do you start a deep pantry/food storage? One way would be to follow my weekly deep pantry/ food storage challenge that I will share on Saturdays. Another would be to make a list of the foods that you use, and buy when they come on sale, and in bulk. Start with the basics then add to that. Get a weeks’ worth then two weeks and just keep adding to it. If you don’t already, learn to cook from scratch you will need fewer items in your pantry and you will be feeding your family more healthy foods. Plan to grow a garden, get a few chickens if you can have them where you live. Some places don’t let you grow a garden, so grow a garden in containers you can grow quite a bit in containers.
So what if you can’t afford extra food, that is where cooking from scratch comes in handy it is so much cheaper to make your own instead of buying it, buy sales and plan your menus around what is on sale and pick up a couple extras. On my deep pantry/ food storage challenge I have two items each week the first is the bare basics and not to expensive, the second is what would be nice to have to round out your pantry. I will be posting a lot of from scratch recipes in the near future from mixes to dinners hopefully this will help you to be able to get started.
Do you know some people who think deep pantry/ food storage is a waste of time and resources, or people who think it is a good idea but always have an excuse as to why they haven’t started. I would hate to be the one who knew they should do it but never got around to it and then have need of it. I think it would be horrible to have to watch your family go hungry. And you can’t count on the government to help, just look at past examples. So having a deep pantry/ food storage just makes good sense to me. What about you?
So do you have a deep pantry/food storage? If not would you like to start one?