I truly believe that a fully stocked pantry (home) is FREEDOM.
As we have all seen this year STUFF HAPPENS - and then what? Panic???? Why not just be prepared and go with the flow?
It sure pays to be prepared in all ways - not just your food pantry. You need medical supplies. You need paper products (TP) or alternatives. You need pet supplies. You need cleaning and antiseptic supplies. You need food. You may need cash. You need seeds.
I know it sounds overwhelming and expensive - but it doesn't have to be.
Many people are on fixed incomes and stocking up seems impossible. Do a little at a time. Even if you can only do $5 or $10 extra a week - add to your supplies. Each item you add - is something that will sustain you later. Don't stop - don't slack - just DO IT!
I will give you an example from personal experience. When hubs was here - we had to be careful to keep anyone away that was sick - getting the flue or even a cold could have had devastating affects for him. I always had masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer on hand. Honestly in all the years of having these things - they were only necessary a couple times. BUT boy did they come in handy this year!!!!! I had what I needed and I was not in a panic like so many trying to find supplies. I still have ample supplies and I know I wasn't taken advantage of with price gouging!
Learn new recipes and open your mind to trying new recipes and alternatives. Have good old basic recipe books on hand (you never know the libraries may close again). It is nice to have your own - then you can mark special recipes or tag pages that you like. Get creative.
Realize that you don't have to have meat everyday! We have some plant foodies here and they are surviving just fine. There are alternatives to meat for protein.
Keep dry goods on hand. Evaporated milk, buttermilk powder, powdered eggs. You can get just about anything in powdered form - really!!! Vinegar, butter, sour cream, honey, milk, eggs, horseradish...………..the list of powders goes on and on. I have always found just about anything I can think of at Spices, Etc. I get milk, buttermilk and eggs at the store - but other things can be hard to find at the grocery aisles.
Make sure you have cleaning supplies. Soap, vinegar, alcohol, peroxide, laundry supplies, baking soda and health and beauty supplies.
NOW is the time to buy your holiday baking supplies. I know that maybe prices can get cheaper at the holidays - but who says they will be there or you can get out to purchase them. Get them now. Be prepared. I am not banking on the holiday season being 'normal' - but this girl wants to make it as normal as possible. That includes some baking!!!! That includes gifts - start NOW!
Think about buying extra veggie seeds for gardens. Here in the U.S. it is about time for stores to be marking that stuff down. Get garden supplies now - just in case. They will be good for a long time.
I know we all get complacent and when things seem somewhat 'normal' and we tend to let our guard down. You should have learned that is not what we should be doing. We all need to be prepared for anything at anytime.
I keep seeing people on FB pages ask "I am new at this - what do I need to stock?"
My answer is always - stock what you use!!!!!!
Then they ask "how much should I have?"
Well - how long do you want to be prepared for? A month, 6 months, a year or longer? Decide how much of everything you use each week or month and then multiply it out.
Make sure you have FUN foods or treats as well. If you are bored and stuck inside those fun things hidden away can make life seem more tolerable!
I know a lot of people are talking about this subject - but right now it is important. We all need to make sure we take advantage of sales, clearance and deals. Take advantage of gardens and fresh produce markets.
PLAN AHEAD - it doesn't get more clear than that!
IF "it hits the fan" AGAIN this year - do you want to depend on the stores to have what you need or do you want to depend on your PERSONAL store of goods?
Me - I want to have what I need and not depend on others. I don't want the stress and worry about not finding things. I want to stay home and be content - and just go on living a good life - no interruptions.
I want the FREEDOM my pantry supplies provide me.
Think about it.
GET BUSY and do SOMETHING - it will all be for the good in your future.
Do NOT be complacent.
Tomorrow: recipe ideas