Just because I am not posting weekly on this now doesn't mean I am not still working on building my pantry. Each week this is an important thing for me and I participate in weekly pantry goals which I post over with Patsy at A Working Pantry.
I am really passionate about this. Your stores are better than money in the bank. In a crisis, even if the power is out, the bank will be closed and no use to you. But your food and necessities will be.
Jane's scones... whipped up from pantry ingredients.
Having a week stocked pantry is a really important part of having a peaceful home and a house that is really a sanctuary. Running to the grocery store for one or two things is such a drain on time! We are busy enough! Having to buy things when they are not even on sale is just a drain on the budget! If you are stocked up during the sales you just use things from your pantry until the price is down again. I menu plan from what I have and what the best deals are.
Jane's fruit cake.
If the pay doesn't come through, the power is out, the stores are closed, the streets are not passable... whatever it is... if you have a well stocked pantry you will just keep things going at home just fine.
If dinner plans don't work out you can quickly whip something else up. If visitors arrive you are fine.
When there is sickness in the house there are healthy meals to just heat up and everything you need for a big batch of bone broth or chicken soup. If someone needs emergency assistance you can handle that too.
This is peace and security. It is your back up plan. It really is a way to build up your home that makes a difference in so many areas.
Jane continually makes the most of free and bargain produce.
Also she swaps produce with her neighbour.
A beautiful walk in pantry would be nice but I don't have one. I have the usual kitchen cupboards and I am lucky to have a little wine cellar. It isn't full of wine it is full of our emergency things like back up cooking plans, lighting, batteries, duct tape, water, food...
I have an entertainment unit that is full of food rather than DVD's and several stashes around the house. Hilde has a laundry cupboard as her pantry. You can add book shelves to a spare room or be like Vicky and turn a whole room into a pantry. If you have a seldom used spare room consider this!
It just isn't about a cupboard or a room, it is just about getting ahead, being prepared and making hay while the sun shines! I love they way the US ladies say they "put something up" I never had heard that before. I think of it as "I put something up on the shelf for future needs" and I think it is beautiful.
Pomegranates ... I need a lesson on how to use these as a tree is dropping them on a street just around the corner!
The wise woman is not afraid of the winter for many reasons. Some of them are that she works hard with her hands, she is like a merchant ship gathering food from afar, she plants, she makes, she trades, she provides food for her family. She is prepared and laughs without fear for the future!
Maria made my use it up fruit cobbler. It looks beautiful!
Teri gave me a really good laugh. She posted on her instagram this quote that is kind of the opposite story...
Don't be upset about the results you didn't get from the work you didn't do.
I am not sure of the source sorry! I can't say anyone here has this applying to them. But you do see it an awful lot and pretty much everyone is having a chuckle as someone comes to mind. haha!
Often it is work to turn free food or great deals into meals for the family and things you can put away for the future. And also it is work to use up something that might be wasted but this is another way of getting ahead.
This leads me to today! I have peaches to use up and more to pick. I have herbs that need harvesting. I am grocery shopping so I check for great deals that I can add to the pantry. Last week our store was clearing out all the small tins of pineapple. It was discontinued and out for an amazing price! So I was able to add ten cans of pineapple to my stores.
Jane's mango and chilli relish.
Another aspect of pantry peace is having it well organised and to be making the most of it, rotating your goods, being able to see what you have or to keep an inventory. I often need to have a review of what is in my freezer and to be careful to use things and make room for more bargains!
Over the last few years my pantry has come so far! Many of you have helped me enormously with this! It has added so much security and help to our home.
What kind of pantry do you have? How does it help your family?
Do you need to work on replenishing or organising it?
Do you have pantry ambitions? I do! I want to add more things to do with health and build an essential oils and remedy pantry. But that is another story!
Have a really good new week! xxx