What's in your pantry?

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  1. Dec 6, 2018 at 10:32 AM #1

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    I thought this might be a fun thread. I'm just going off memory of whats in my pantry downstairs. I find myself grabbing things from it almost daily. I keep a pen and paper in there to make notes of things I need to restock on during sales. I also have the canned food annual flyer taped to the inside of the door so I know what the best prices on the canned goods are, in case I forget. I rarely ever get down to the last item of one thing and I get uncomfortable on the off chance that I grab the last of something. It's typically pretty full this time of year b/c I've stocked it during the fall canned goods sale. Anyways, here's what's in my working pantry.....

    spaghetti sauce
    salt
    flour
    sugar
    oil (cannola, olive, coconut)
    baking powder
    beans (kidney, green)
    tomatoes (stewed, diced)
    fruits (peaches, pears)
    tomoto juice
    potatoes (canned)
    mixed veges (various kinds)
    pudding
    chocolate chips
    cake mix
    frosting
    cookie mix
    brownie mix
    chocolate
    nuts
    boxed pasta and rice sides
    mac and cheese
    stuffing
    cooking spray
    pizza sauce
    soup mix (onion, chicken noodle, steak, chili)
    broth
    cereal
    chips (potato, tortilla, doritos)
    crackers (saltines, town house, etc)
    popcorn
    popcorn butter
    pancake mix
    spices (various types)
    powdeed milk
    condensed milk
    jerky seasoning and cure
    liquid smoke
    shake-n-bake
    hard candies
    salad dressings
    condiments (katsup, mustard, mayo)
    coffee & filters
    plastic bags, foil, parchment paper, & saran wrap

    I'm sure there's things I've forgotten about but this is a good start. Just curious what ya'll have in yours.......
     
  2. Dec 6, 2018 at 1:29 PM #2

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    Good thread!
    I have much of what you have, but others.

    I don't keep my nuts in the pantry because they get stale there. I keep them in the fridge or even the freezer. I also keep my chocolate chips and a few other chips varieties in the refrigerator and freezer. I also have a large package of yeast in the freezer. It keeps a long time there.

    In addition to your bean varieties, I have canned black beans, Northern beans, pintos, garbanzos. I also have canned peas, corn and creamed corn. Peas and corn are a good addition to pasta, salads and casseroles. I also have 1 pound bags of dried beans, as well as larger quantities of dried pintos, black beans, white beans, garbanzos, lentils in # 10 cans and buckets. There are more than 1,000 varieties of beans, and I want to try more varieties. I have noticed that most grocery stores carry very few varieties.

    Lentils: I have several varieties. A few years ago, I set about trying all kinds of recipes for Indian dal, to help with variety of foods to prep for in a SHTF situation. There are Indian or similar cultural small grocery stores where I have found many varieties. I have cooked many of the varieties into dal, and have quart jars of several varieties of lentils. Lentils take less time to cook than beans, so it takes less fuel to cook them. I have collected recipes for the dal varieties. There are a few varieties of split peas that are used as well.

    Rice: I do not eat rice often, but keep a few varieties. I have jasmine, basmati, long grain. Uncle Ben's, minute rice.

    Canned meat: I have never been a big user of canned meat, but thinking of preparedness, I have tried and keep some: Spam, chicken, beef, salmon, sardines, clams. I used to eat plenty of tuna, but haven't bought any since Fukishima blew up. Canned chicken is good to add to the noodle mixes along with some peas. It helps round it out.
    Baking basics: cocoa powder, food coloring, powdered sugar, brown sugar, granulated sugar, molasses, honey, birthday candles.
    Milk: evaporated milk, and the boxed UHT milk that is $1 a quart box from Dollar Tree, powdered milk and coconut milk. Also have powdered mix to make whipped cream (forgot the name, not at home to check--Dream whip?)
    Olives, pickles, and canned artichokes.
    Vinegars: balsamic, red wine, apple cider, white.
    Salad dressings, mayonnaise, mustards and hot sauces. I am always looking for soy free. Salad dressings usually have soy oil as the first ingredient. I avoid soy. Ranch dressing mix, Italian dressing mix.
    Canned pumpkin, pie fillings, poppy seed filling (for kolaches).
    Bottles of lemon and lime juice.
    Jello--(long shelf life and good for sipping when someone has had a stomach bug for rehydration)
    I also keep broth, but it seems I never have enough of it. A large variety and many cans of soup. When they are on sale, I buy a case.
    Dehydrated vegetables: onions, carrots, celery, potatoes, tomatoes.
    Teas: i have a large variety of teas--loose and tea bags. I watch the reduced bins and buy teas from there. I have many medicinal teas in a special holder. I also have Lipton's instant tea.
    Velveeta cheese
    Rotel tomatoes
    Dried corn (for grinding and other purposes)
    Wheat
    Chia seeds--can use with a few things (such as milk, vanilla) to make a pudding like food for breakfast or snack.
    Coffee: I have a few varieties of coffee, whole beans (and an electric grinder, but want a hand grinder as well), grounds and instant.

    I may have a few more, but I am not at home to check.
     
  3. Dec 6, 2018 at 1:34 PM #3

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    Our pantry is ok but not as stocked as yours.
    We also need to can some more veggies and meat soon though.
    And need more flour to store.
     
  4. Dec 6, 2018 at 3:19 PM #4

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    I have all the regular stuff like listed above, but also have 2 years of dinners, desserts, sides dishes, drink mixes all ready to go in mylar. About 1000 pouches total. Just pull a pouch and add what it says. Usually just water, butter, sometimes a can of something. Also a wall of home canned stuff.
     
  5. Dec 6, 2018 at 6:48 PM #5

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    Much the same , but I do have a lot of home canned veggies. I need to can more meat.
     
  6. Dec 6, 2018 at 7:03 PM #6

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    Ours is similar to the OP's list. But also store dried beans ( both bought and grown) and other types of canned beans. large quantities of peanut butter, soups, canned meats, canned fruits. Various tomatos products (lots home canned). Homemade stuff includes, pickles, taters, maters, jellies and jams, peppers. All kinds of frozen foods, and harvested squahes, pumpkins, taters, and onions.
     
  7. Dec 6, 2018 at 7:19 PM #7

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    Amish that is good you are so prepared. We are trying to learn to grow what we need in case things got really bad. But it would be nice to have extra and thigns we like to snack on and sweets too.
    I do know sugar cane grows good around here we have some growing that is probably over a 100 years old far as mother plant. An old farmer gave it to us years ago. But we have never used it just watch it grow. We have been too busy with chicken pens, vehicles andgardens.
     
  8. Dec 6, 2018 at 7:33 PM #8

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    My pantry is pretty basic compared to yours:
    5 pounds of flour in cannister,10 pounds in chest freezer
    2 pound of stevia(sweetner) in can, 5 pounds in chest freezer
    5 pounds of dark red kidney beans in glass container
    2 pounds of pinto beans in glass container
    2 pounds of white navy beans in glass container
    2 pounds of rice in glass container
    4 pounds of spaghetti in glass jar
    4 pounds of macaroni in glass jar
    The things in glass I use weekly in some form or another.
    1 st kitchen cabinet:
    2 cases of 15 ounces for green beans
    1 case of 15 ounces Peas
    1 case of creamed corn( use as thickening for some soups,chowders)
    2 cases of whole corn(prefer low sodium)
    1 case of Spinach,greens
    2nd kitchen cabinet:
    10 cans 15 ounces of chili beans
    15 cans of mixed vegetables
    4 pounds of dry milk powder( need to pick up few more)
    12 packages of dry soups mixes
    12 packages of dry salad dressing mixes
    4 worchister sauces, 4 low sodium soy sauce,2 sweet and sour sauces
    4 gallon of white vinegar, 2 gallon of apple cider vinegar
    3rd kitchen cabinet:
    4 new cases of quart canning jars
    4 new cases of pint canning jars
    4 new cases of half pint canning jars
    4 extra boxes of lids and flats for each set of canning jars
    4 th kitchen cabinet :
    4 boxes of trash bags; 13 gallon and construction grade big black trash bags
    4 boxes of LED night light bulbs
    4 gallons of oil for oil lamps
    5 boxes of matches
    At least 96 rolls of TP.
    Thant's all I can think of right now.
    Pretty sure that's not everything I need, but space wise it's what I have
     
  9. Dec 6, 2018 at 7:46 PM #9

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    I try to keep multiples of everything that we use. Special trips to the store are inconvenient, cost time, and burn gas. The problem is space. We try to keep a years worth of each item. This isn't always possible. Other items we have multiple years worth. I don't like to bury one item behind another. This means that I can store three cases of gallon zip-loc's for the same shelf space as one case. This means that I have a disproportionate supply of some items.

    Spices don't seem to take up much space so we keep large bags in the pantry to refill the smaller bottles in the kitchen. Powdered horseradish is on the list to try next.

    While there are a few items, like instant coffee, that are kept for emergency use almost all the food is on a regular rotation. The wife prefers frozen corn to canned. I keep extra canned veggies for the day when fresh or frozen are not available.
     
  10. Dec 6, 2018 at 7:50 PM #10

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    Interested in how you'll like the powdered horseradish, Caribou. Not my favorite, but husband loves it.
    Lucky you have sugar growing near you, Meerkat. I have a ton of sugar stockpiled and some molasses and syrup, but would probably have to settle for sorghum when that runs out. We do and can grow stevia here, though. And my cousins raise bees and I helped them harvest honey this year. Set they would set us up with some.
     
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    It is a good plan, but I think with inflation, it will turn out now to be more like $10 a week. I also think that just having a plan that you work is better than nothing, even if it is not exactly what you eat now. There are a few plans out there, and the $5 a week thing is not uncommon.
     
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    We try to keep extra coffee around too. At least a months worth.
     
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    I keep coffee, too...need it! And expresso beans and Yerba Matte Tea.
     
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    Lucky you! Wish we had honey. And I forgot all about Stevia we grew it here really well. But let it die out so need to buy another plant. Last year we let sage, stevia, rosemary, thyme and other herbs die from neglect.
     
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    I wonder how well rosemary and thyme would grow in a pot? I haven't had any luck growing them indoors. I have grown stevia as well and need to get another plant. Isn't sage a perennial?
     
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    I am interested in the pouch concept. I imagine that creating one meal in one bag, then replicating it would be one way to go. I saw one person who uses gift bags (with handles) and keeps everything for a meal in one. Mylar pouches would be sturdier and less likely to be raided.
     
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    I just use the recipes for "meals in a Jar" that are good for the main meals. Just don't put it in a jar. Photocopy the instructions on what to do with what's in the mylar and tape it on. I make about 12 each of each recipe. I store mylar bags of meals in totes. Label the totes mains, sides, dessert, drinks, breakfast, etc...My version of fast food dinner. Also can get Bear Creek Meals, which are pretty tasty and put in mylar. Those are all just add water meals. I even package ramen in some for sides and include a small baggie of dehydrated mixed veggies in the bag to make it healthier. Buy up mac and cheese when it's on sale cheap and package that.
     
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    My rosemary and sage come back every year. I leave it in ground outside.
     
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    Oh, and oregano comes back, too. As long as the dog doesn't dig it up
     
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    English Thyme,Rosemary,Sage,Russian Sage,Stevia,Marijam,Garlic Chives, Ciltrano,Basil Chives, Sweet basil, all come back yearly.
    These are in my standing wash tub herb garden.
    Raised bed herb garden has those and Ciltrano,Basil, Sweet Basil, Lavender,
    Leave mint - all mints in flower pots they have tendency to take over.
    Strawberry tends to roll in raised bed herb garden.
    When she does no fleas or ticks.
    When she has upset stomach, she eats peppermint out of raised bed herb garden.
    Not bad, for living in a an apartment.
    Need to add shelving for actual pantry all that's in there right now is trash can.
     
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    It will grow good in a pot or container mine was in containers fro a couple years and cleaning out GH put all of them in soil and they all died. Of course it was lack of care but answer is absolutely you can grow it in a pot but they do need sunlight or grow lights if inside.
     
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    They are both perennials. I know your colder up there, but we grow rosemary and sage outside with nothing but a wind block and they do well here.
     
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    We need to condition the raised bed soil again down here it is very sandy and nutrients and water go right thru it. So it is too much upkeep if we don't use soil amendments like peat or perlite. I've thought of buying red clay from Loews to add to it .
     
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    You want me to send you some clay soil.
     
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    I sure do!:). I have put lots of fall leaves in it but last couple of years running out of energy with all the things here to do. I have leaves laying all over the yard and that use to never happen, we raked most up just left some to feed the grass and trees,rest went into beds and containers..
     
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    I tilled the raised garden bed 3 times before I planted this year.
    Nothing got thru the clay this year,hence why I went to standing raised beds.
    No to mention it's easier on my knees,back, new beds are waist high.
     
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    I did turn it with a shovel several months ago but didn't add much to it.
    I save cardboard so I need to cover it and let break down after next good rain and add some of the chicken manure when I add it. And add leaves too of course. Next time we clean out pens.
     
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    Wow! I only have three bags of chips and partial case of soda.:)
     
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    Go to the store, Hiwall. I don't want you to starve when SHTF happens.
     

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