Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Joyce's Pantry List...

I am fortunate that I have a room available now that my kids are gone from home that I use for my pantry. It's down in the basement and has no windows so it stays cool and dark in there. Perfect place to set up a pantry.

My favorite magazine "Backwoods Home Magazine" and Jackie Clay, my favorite author, has made a list of pantry items that she keeps on hand. Now some of that stuff I don't eat in today's world so I am thinking I won't eat it when times get tough. So I have adjusted her list to fit my own family's needs. You can take my list and do the same.

Remember to use the stuff in your pantry and rotate foods so the oldest get used first. And while you are at the store, check your expiration dates. No sense buying food that might be stored for a while that is already or almost out of date.

I also have freezers but I did not list those. If you have a freezer available you already know what you keep in it anyway.

I have also added a section on home canned items because I love to can. You may not do that so you can just adjust your pantry supplies to show that. And I did not add quantities because I cook a lot and you alone know how much your own family eats.

Many places recommend you have enough food for one month but I buy in bulk so I look further down the road than that. And if you have babies you need to add formula and diapers and all the things babies need. And if I had small children, I would add lots of spaghetti'O's and things I know they eat.

When tough times come, we may be forced to do more cooking from scratch like our parents did. And I cook like that anyway, so my pantry reflects that. And we grind our own wheat and make our own breads and jelly etc.

The main thing is to begin to plan a pantry that works for you and your family. And try to keep it together as much as possible. I found that when I had food items scattered everywhere that I was duplicating what I was buying because I didn't know what I already had. So it's just a matter of getting organized. I keep my pantry list on the back of the pantry door which works great for me.

If you have any ideas to share about your pantry, feel free.

Being a American Red Cross worker with the mindset of always "being prepared" over laps into my home life as you can see.

Oh yes, don't forget food for the dog or any other animals you might have. The Bible says that "the righteous man cares for the needs of his animals."

PANTRY LIST

Baking Supplies:
Wheat,
Flour
Salt
Yeast
Sugar
Non-Fat Powdered Milk
Shortening
Cornmeal
Bisquick
Brown Sugar
Cake Mixes
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Assort. Spices
Cooking Sprays
Oatmeal
Jiffy Baking Mix
Pizza Crust Mix
Corn Muffin Mix
Corn Meal
Cocoa
Corn Starch
Chocolate Chips
Raisins
Nuts
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Mil-Not Evaporated Milk
Chocolate Syrup for Ice Cream
Cake Mixes/Icing
Powdered Sugar

Condiments, Etc.
Ketchup
BBQ sauce
Mustard
Salad Dressing
Hot Sauce
Liquid Smoke
Pickles
Salsa
Olives
Popcorn
Relish
Mayonnaise
Jelly
Pear Honey
Pancake Syrup
Maple Syrup
Peanut Butter-Crunchy
Peanut Butter-Creamy
Coffee
Tea
Powdered Drink Mix
Hot Chocolate Mix
Country Gravy Mix
Crackers
Onions
Hard Candy for snacking

Legumes:
Dried Lima Beans
15 Bean Soup
Dried Pinto Beans
Dried Navy Beans

Pasta, Rice:
Spaghetti Noodles
Lasagna Noodles
Elbow Macaroni
Shell Macaroni
Regular Brown Rice
Instant Rice
Mac and Cheese

Buy By The Flat:
Whole Potatoes
Butter Beans
Tomato Sauce
Tomato Paste
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Refried Beans
Cream Style Corn
Whole Kernel Corn
Peas
Green Beans
Red Kidney Beans
Tuna, Spam, Canned Hams
Ro-Tel

Fruit:
Pumpkin
Asst. Pie Fillings
Pineapple
Applesauce

Giant # 10 Size Cans:
Sliced Peaches
Fruit Cocktail
Country Turkey Gravy
Crushed Tomatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Applesauce
Cheddar Cheese
Nacho Cheese
Vanilla Pudding
Chocolate Pudding
Whole Potatoes
Dinty Moore Beef Stew
Great Northern Beans
Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce
Red Kidney Beans
Baked Beans
Chili-No Beans
Hot Dog Chili Sauce
Sweet Corn

Dairy:
Butter-(freeze)
Cheese Powder
Dehydrated Eggs

Pressure Canned Items:
Corn Chowder
Ham/Beans
Soup Starter
Chili/Beans
Brown Beans
White Chicken Chili
Potatoes
Carrots
Vegetable Soup
Swedish Meatballs
Roast Beef/Gravy
Ham
Hamburger
Brisket
Chicken
Turkey
Pork

Canning Supplies:
Canning Jars-quarts, pints
Lids, Rings
Canning Salt
Vinegar
Mrs. Wages

Kitchen Supplies:
Paper Towels
Trash Bags
Plastic Wrap
Aluminum Foil
Plastic Silverware
Paper Plates
Freezer Bags-gallon, quarts
Freezer Paper/tape
Gloves-Disposable
Powder Dish Soap
Dishwashing Soap-Liquid
Light Bulbs
Styrofoam Cups

Bathroom Supplies:
Toilet Paper
Toothpaste
Sanitary Products
Baby Oil
Dental Floss
Tooth Brushes
Razors
Shampoo/Conditioner
Hair Brush/combs
Hair Spray
Soap-Lava
Soap-Dial
Right Guard
Secret Deodorant
Shaving Cream
Hair Remover
Lotions
Make-Up

Laundry Supplies:
Bounce
Bleach
Laundry Soap
Woolite for Darks
Spray and Wash or Shout
Spray Starch

Cleaning Supplies:
Ajax or Comet
Murphy Soap
Window Cleaner
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Vinegar

Misc:
Dog Food
First Aid Kit
Grain Mill
Bread Machine
Food Processor
Meat Slicer
Dehydrator

2 comments:

Deb said...

Thank you Nana - for sharing your list. Sadly, there are some today who don't have clue what most of these products are or what they do!!
Our modern society is at a loss when it comes to survival today.
Like you, we stock up and keep a steady rotation of foods/household products on hand.
Thanks again for sharing this.
Deb

GrammyGoo said...

Hi Nana,
Just stumbled across your blog as I clicked on prayer in my intrest section. I also love Backwood Home Magazine, Jackie Clay is Awesome. I just love your blog , I think I will be visiting often.
Blessings,
Grammy Goo