Stocking up your pantry is a key component of preparedness. Whether you’re a busy mom, a meal-prep enthusiast or just someone looking to be more self-sufficient, prepping your pantry is an excellent way to save money and ensure that you and your family have plenty of healthy food to eat, come what may. It also provides peace of mind knowing that you’re prepared should any emergency occur, or if you’re ever stuck inside due to inclement weather or other unexpected situations. If you’re looking to be more self-sufficient and reduce your grocery bills, here’s how to build a perfectly prepped pantry.
What to Stock in Your Prepped Pantry:
Stock your pantry with a mix of the following food items, separated into subcategories:
Grains and Legumes:
- Rice (white, brown)
- Pasta (spaghetti, penne, macaroni, etc.)
- Dried beans (black, kidney, garbanzo, navy, etc.)
- Canned fish (tuna, salmon, sardines)
- Canned chicken
- Canned beans (black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans)
- Protein powder (whey, casein, plant-based)
- Beef jerky (if you have enough storage)
Fats and Oils:
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Canned coconut milk
- Peanut butter, almond butter
- Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts)
- Seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin, flax)
- Avocado oil
Dairy and Beverages:
- Dried milk (powdered milk)
- Coffee, tea, and cocoa powder
- Drink mixes (Gatorade, Crystal light, etc.)
- Maple syrup
Fruits and Vegetables:
- Canned fruits
- Canned/bottled vegetables (corn, beans, peas, potatoes, carrots, etc.)
- Dried fruits (raisins, apricots, cranberries, dates)
How to Organize Your Prepped Pantry:
Now that you know what to stock in your pantry, it’s essential to know how to organize it. Here are a few tips:
- Assign a dedicated space for each category of food items
- Label everything to avoid confusion and easy finding
- Store items in transparent containers to avoid spoilage and contamination
- Arrange the items in a way you can easily access them, with frequently used items in the front.
Cooking with a Prepped Pantry:
Cooking with what you’ve stocked up in your pantry may seem complicated, but it’s very simple. When you’re prepping meals, don’t forget the necessary ingredients for taste. These are the herbs, spices, and condiments that will help you make your meals more flavorful and exciting. Get creative but try to make minimal use of electricity and running water in a crisis.
FAQs about Prepping Your Pantry:
Q: How much food should I stock up in my pantry?
A: It’s advisable to store a minimum of a thirty-day supply of food in your pantry. If you have more storage space, you could stock up for longer durations.
Q: How often should I rotate my pantry food items?
A: Foods such as canned goods have a shelf life of 2-5 years, depending on their ingredients. It’s essential to check your food periodically, dispose of expired items and replace them.
Q: What if I don’t have enough space for a prepped pantry?
A: If you have minimal space, you can make use of storage containers or even under-bed storage compartments.
Building a prepped pantry doesn’t demand a lot of money, but it certainly requires careful planning and organizing. With time, you’ll have a well-stocked and efficient pantry that can support you and your family in a crisis, reduce your grocery bill, and provide peace of mind knowing that you’re well prepared for any emergency. While it can take time and effort to get your pantry in order, it’s worth the peace of mind it provides. So, start now, and soon you’ll have a perfectly prepped pantry that can support you during any crisis.