Pantries were commonplace ‘back in the day’, these days…not so much…
Why with a WalMart on every corner, bother with it? Quite a few reasons, really.
The homestead pantry was meant to be a designated place in the home to keep a good supply of food on hand, food that was lovingly prepared in season and canned or ‘put-by’. It was what was done…the way of life. Folks didn’t ‘run out to the store’ daily, like our society tends to, there wasn’t a market on every corner TO ‘run out to’. You had to prepare and think ahead, plan.
If you live rurally, a ‘run to the store’ can be an all day event, as it is for us. Not a wise use of time or money. Not to mention, the preparedness factor. When you hear of a large weather event coming your way, are you one of those folks dashing to the store to get the basic neccessities? What about the inflation that is arriving at your local grocer–be it WalMart or Bob’s Country Market, as I type?
Do you have a pantry area set up? NOW is the time, folks. Whether it is a converted coat closet or 2, under beds, that extra shelf space, or a spare room–make it a priority. We have a small homestead, however we are blessed that it has a 7’x7′ ‘room’ that is seperate from the rest of the house (we can control the temp, which is optimal for food storage) and it’s LINED with STURDY shelves. This doesn’t have to be ‘pretty’–my shelves are mostly made up of 2×6’s. This also allows room for our bigger items (TP, Bakery Buckets filled with mylar bagged food for long term storage, big bins of spuds, etc.). I know a gal who stores old empty soda 2 liter bottles, cleaned out and refilled with water, under every family members bed, not just a couple, the whole area! She lives in the desert, wise planning on her part.
The pantry or food storage area is a wise investment of space, whether it is investing in food at their current lower prices (than what is definitely coming our way!), emergency preparedness (job loss is a real reality these days for sure!) a family medical issue, or regional/national/world scale emergency! Our american society is so over-run with ‘stuff’, ‘toys’ (and I’m not talking Lincoln Logs), and ‘things’ we just “gotta have”…what do we REALLY NEED? Donate and bless someone else with some of that ‘stuff’, sell it on Craigslist or eBay–recoup some of that $ and fill your pantry for your family. Clear out an area at your homestead for pantry storage- today.
I’ll be back next week to go over some inexpensive ways to FILL that cleared out space, with ‘things’ your family can REALLY use.