Saturday, October 01, 2016

Living the Pantry Lifestyle - The Prudent see Danger

The prudent see danger
and take refuge,
    but the simple keep going
and pay the penalty.
Proverbs 22:3 

I was looking through some past Pantry Posts recently when I came across one I had written four years ago, before the last presidential election.  It had some good stuff in it (even if I say so myself!) so I'm reposting part of it here.

The first part of that post was about the news headlines at the time.  Which are amazingly similar to what we have now.  However, I didn't include them for it was the second half of the post I wanted to share currently.

From 2012:
...My friends, I try to stay away from politics here because I know we have all different flavors of political opinions among us... but when I was looking at this (the crazy-ness in the world), I felt I had to send out a warning. 

When I saw on Facebook that a couple Preparedness Sites were talking about the very same events... I knew it wasn't just my imagination.

What can we do (during unsettled times)?

Well, first and most obvious... don't get tired of praying even when we see such events. 

Get serious about stocking up however little you can do each week.  I know how you feel when you don't have enough cash for putting good food on the table and gas in the car as it is... but even if it is only a few dollars a week... buy a little extra.

Pray about your needs and God will supply.  The Word tells us we are not to "take thought for tomorrow", which... in context... reminds us we are not to worry.

I put one of my favorite verses at the top of this post.  When I've been challenged that the Bible tells us not to worry about tomorrow so we should not do any stocking up, I remember the above verse.  There are similar verses and then, of course, the whole story of Joseph in Egypt.

Do your best to trust and not fear.  You may be an Esther or a Joseph in this time... or at least one who can intercede and pray from their home.

What if I stock up and nothing happens?

We already know food prices have started to rise so if you have carefully stocked up... with what your family already uses... you can shop your pantry instead of the store and save money.

People remind me of Y2k and how "nothing happened" but I believe Y2k was a dress rehearsal for a later event... and so do other preparedness people.  For one thing, Y2k did not happen because the computers that would have been most affected were fixed (as I have heard, at the cost of billions of dollars).

What if we are warned... what if we get those "liver shivers"... and the situation cannot be fixed by bringing in old computer geeks as they did in Y2k?

I learned so much by stocking up at that time, for one thing we ended up using just about everything we stocked.  Those items we did not use were all food and materials we were not already using in our home.  Nothing was wasted, everything went to other people who could use them. 

What did I learn from Y2k?

  • Stock what you eat and eat what you stock.
  • Don't use another person's list, make your own from what you already purchase for your family.
  • The better organized you keep your pantry, the easier it is to use what you have.
  • Set up your pantry to make it easy to rotate... rotate... rotate*. 
  • Date your canned goods and those without an "expired by" date.
  • Remember most items are good far past the "expired by" date (except for items like those with baking powder, which have a shorter shelf life).
  • Buying in bulk is not always cheaper for smaller families.  We gave away beans bought in bulk and used all those that came in smaller packages.
  • Always try a new food before you buy more than one, even if it is on sale.
  • Learning new skills and obtaining information can be as important as buying anything.
  • Don't listen to just a few people speculate on what may happen, read widely.
  • Do not depend on national news sources for all your info but discern what you read on the Internet (most of us have realized that already, right?).
  • Do not go into debt to stock up or buy items for an emergency situation.
  • Be careful not to cause fear among the family but at the same time... make any preparedness a family project if possible.


Remember those who came before us lived a Pantry Lifestyle as part of their everyday existence.  Read books such as The Long Winter (my favorite Little House book) when the snow is flying and the winds are howling or Winter Days in the Big Woods to the preschoolers.  :)

God is in control, nothing surprises Him.  Spend time absorbing His Word.  Pray. 

*Rotate - using the oldest items first, placing the newest in the back of your storage on a shelf.  If using a box or other covered items, write the date of the oldest item on a paper and tape it to the box or container so you will know what needs to be used first.

In this way, you should rarely have to throw away anything! 

Books mentioned in this post**:
The Long Winter... here.
Winter Days in the Big Woods... here.

**Most links to are Associate links.  I thank you.


Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I've learned these things from you! Such good ideas. Simple and doable for anyone!

Melissa said...

I can still picture in my mind the Pantry at the Ingall's house in the book, "By the Shores of Silver Lake!"

Vee said...

I was shocked shopping at my regular grocery to learn that the chicken I have been purchasing in frozen bags was from China. China! Yikes. Therefore, when I found that my local farmer was offering meats grown on his own farm organically, I started purchasing one or two packets a week, everything from steak to porkchops to sausage. Now I have enough to get me through the winter in a Sunday dinner sense. That's one of the ways I have built up my little pantry. On the other hand, I am holding off on buying butter right now hoping that holiday prices will be lower. I'll stock up then. Thank you for recycling such good information. No need to reinvent the wheel.

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