Remember having a deep pantry isn’t just about having extra food on hand. It is also about having the means to survive in an emergency situation, having all the extra food isn’t going to do you much good if you can’t cook it when the power is out.
Don’t forget to share what you were able to do this past week to have a deep pantry/food storage. Let’s encourage each other. And if you have a question feel free to ask or if you have the answer to a question feel free to answer. If you have a tip or idea you can share that also. As I said let’s make this a place where we can share and encourage others to get that deep pantry.
50 Pounds Beans/Gelatin, Pudding
50 pounds of beans, get the beans that your family will eat, just about the only thing my family eats is pintos so that is just about all I store. I do have a few black and kidney beans (just to have a little variety) Pinto Beans at Wal-Mart are 72 cents for a 15.8 oz bag or 13.42 for a 20 pound bag.
Pudding, Wal-Mart has the small packs for 68 cents or once again you can make your own. You can also get Corn Starch at Bulk Foods
Basic Pudding Mix
- 8 cups Powder Milk
- 4 cups sugar
- 4 cups Corn Starch
- 1 teaspoon salt
Stir together all ingredients until well blended. Store in a covered container. Attach a tag with mixing instructions.
1 Cup of mix
3 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon Butter
Place one cup of the mix in a small saucepan. Slowly add 3 cups of boiling water, stirring as you add the water. Cook over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened. Add 1 tablespoon of butter at the end of the cooking time once the mixture has thickened.
For Chocolate Pudding
Add 3 tablespoons cocoa powder to the dry mix before cooking.
Omit vanilla and add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon lemon zest.
Add 1 tablespoon Banana extract (when you add vanilla) and 1 cup sliced or mashed bananas to cooled pudding
Keep working on your alternate cooking sources. There are so many options from Solar, wonder oven, bbq grill, rocket stove, even on your wood stove if you have one, to name a few.
Have you learned anything about canning or found someone who can teach you?
Add some more to your water, buy some or fill your own containers.
Add more to your money stash. Remember it all adds up.
What I was able to get done this week
I got 8 bags of powder Sugar and 8 bags of brown sugar, several cans of tomato paste, frozen apple juice to make vinegar with, the water kefir grains, and natural yeast starter came in ( can’t wait to get these started), several seed starts replanted, a few cans of beef and chicken broth, I got some herb seeds in that I had ordered. I also talked to someone I know who has a few sheep about getting some wool from them when they shear their sheep.(He said there should be about 100 pounds woo hoo)
So what were you able to get done this week?