“Life is fragile, peace is fragile, civilization itself is fragile. The economy is particularly vulnerable. We have been counseled again and again concerning self-relieance, concerning thrift…let us have some food set aside that would sustain us for a time in case of need.” -Gordon Hinkley
To have a pantry that is full of food and supplies is a gift to yourself of peace of mind. In this country, we have become so use to simply running to the store anytime we need a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread, we can’t even imagine or comprehend what we would happen if there was no food at the grocery. Grocery stores only carry a three day supply of food. In an emergency, the shelves would be empty. What would happen if there was a pandemic and simply going to the store was putting you at risk? What would happen if you had a job loss and your income was severely restricted? It would be a blessing to simply go to your pantry and put a simple meal together from your food storage.
(Art by Tasha Tudor)
When you are thinking of putting to together a prepared pantry, the first question to ask yourself is why? Why are you preparing and then make your goals and your list from there. My reasons may be drastically different from your reasons, and they will differ depending on where you live. If you live in an area with hurricanes, that would be one of the things you would prepare for. If you live where you have frequent winter storms, that would your preparation. You may be preparing for an E.M.P attack, or even something that you can’t quite put your finger on, but you just feel uneasy. That is OK! If you use food that is shelf stable, it will be there and waiting if and when you need it. I invite you to check out some of the sales going on right now at Thrive Life. Freeze dried ground beef is on sale this month. I love being able to open a can when I need it, and it be shelf stable for six months! You can add pasta sauce, make tacos or our favorite, Mexican rice.
Have you every considering putting together a prepared pantry? What do you stock up on?
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