Article contributed by Carl R
My prepper pantry happens to be a 9×11 room with shelves from floor to ceiling all the way around. By the door is a notebook of the contents of this room. I usually try to visit the grocery store once a month, unless I find a great sale in the meantime. Before my trip to the grocery store like everyone I need to figure out what I’m getting (a store list). I go to my pantry and pull all the Items on my list and take those and put them away in the kitchen cabinet.
Now I go to the store and replace the items on my list and if I have the extra money I’ll buy a few more. I’m not saying I don’t splurge and not buy other things on my list, but my list does come first and is what helps me maintain a solid 18 months of food for my family of 5.
Honey : No not the DW but just as sweet. This is a prepper staple and it should be used at least once a day. Diabetic shhmetic don’t give me that crap. If you got type II diabetes it was from eating all that processed food (no need to argue I’m right you’re wrong). Find a local beekeeper and buy that quart of honey (not store bought). Local honey has the pollen and what not from your area. I have seen it cure allergies to bee stings and spring pollen allergies. not to mention it is a great antibacterial for cuts and scrapes.
Grain mill : So you don’t have a wheat grinder, Me either to darn expensive for something I’m not going to use daily. But that don’t mean I don’t use my wheatberries there are loads of recipes that taste wonderful. Here is a book full of recipes. http://cltreasures.weebly.com/books.html. It was well worth 7 bucks. But you don’t store wheat? How do you know if you won’t like it? Go to your local store in the flour section they usually have a 2lb bag for just a couple bucks.
Doom and Bloom survival medicine hand book: You will come away with a wealth of knowledge with this book. You should not even expect the survival of your family, that they will have no medical needs whatsoever. Use M.D.s Amazon link to get it. My fish don’t get sick often but when they do I use Fishmox.
While we are still on the subject of buying books (I love books). Ball’s Blue Book of canning. It does not matter that you don’t know how. It’s easy. A pressure canner is helpful but not necessary. I have canned meat for years without a pressure canner. And it was still good 2 years later. ( I must be right I’m living proof or is that Hank jr. either way I’m here fat and healthy)
Dehydrator: Folk’s I love you but those big #10 can business’ love you more. My wife dehydrates everything do you hear me EVERYTHING. :) She has poured a can of campbells chunky soup on the dehydrater, put it in a pint jar with an oxygen absorber and we ate it 8 months later (magicaly delicous). We do cubed chicken, hamburger, refried beans, potatoes, all stored in quart jars with oxygen absorbers.
We live on a mini homestead we garden and we raise chickens, pigs, turkeys, rabbits and goats. We milk our 2 cross breed Nubians twice a day. My wife works part time and me full time. We have a 4 year old. Thanks to my FIL babysitter. MIL works full time also. Sometimes it’s hard but not impossible. But the feeling of being self sufficient is the most rewarding feeling ever.