Keeping a deep pantry can be a bit complicated, as I alluded to in my last post.
Sometimes though, simple rules can go a long way towards keeping the storage on an even keel.
What goes down must come up. – Sounds gross, I know. What this rule means, is that if there is a sale on green beans and I pick up a half a dozen cans, they are likely going downstairs to the main can storage rack. Upstairs in the kitchen we have enough pantry space for the more “normal” amounts of food, we keep about 3 days worth of canned fruits/vegg upstairs in that space. So, with this rule, if I’m taking down a new influx of green beans, at least one can of green beans needs to come up to the kitchen. I find the oldest can or cans and those are what I take up to be used with meals for the next week or so. This helps rotate the old stuff out so I rarely have to throw any canned goods away.
Always have one unopened. – This is what I use with our flour and oatmeal and oils. We store 5 different types of flour. We buy the 5 pound bags at the store. I try to make sure we always have at least one bag unopened of each kind. That way we always have at least 25 pounds of flour, and if the opened bags are only half empty, we have 35ish pounds of flour. Oatmeal, oil, same deal, with the largest containers I can get of those. This rule gets used for cat food too. I always have one unopened bag waiting for her.
Eat what you store, store what you eat. – This one I can’t take credit for, I’m stealing it shamelessly from one of my favorite authors. Sharon Astyk. If you need simple, approachable books written from a woman’s perspective on peak oil and the end of abundance and food storage solutions to those problems, you can’t do better than Sharon’s books. Depletion and Abundance, and Independence Days. Anyway, this is where knowledge about your family’s eating habits is useful, and estimates on rates of usage. It won’t do you much good to store food your family should be eating. If the family doesn’t eat it now, they aren’t going to like to eat it when TSHTF. I make sure to store the crackers the boys like to eat. And some of the chocolate that I like to treat myself with.
What about y’all? Got any great simple rules that help with the pantry problems? Share in the comments!
Hey Everybody. Jarhead Survivor here adding an addendum to Calamity Jane’s post today. I just wanted to mention that I’ve started a Facebook page as a way for our community to shout out thoughts and ideas on whatever happens to be on your mind.
It’s a more informal way of interacting with each other. It’s all new and strange to me, so please stay with me while I get it working. I’m hoping to draw in more people to add to our prepper family. If you’re a prepper with Facebook experience help me out! Give me some advice!
Here’s what I’m hoping is the link to it: SHTFBlog Facebook link