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Pantry Basics

A well stocked pantry is always a good thing to have to provide for a good meal. If you have the ingredients on hand, you can quickly create satisfying, delicious meals for family or guest.  Keeping these items on hand prevents extra trips to the grocery store, which in return saves you time and money. Everyone's pantry is different but these are the  basics everyone should have on hand. Add more items according to your families needs. Think of your "must haves" and always keep those items in your pantry. Use these basic pantry suggestions as a handy reference list. 

At the Supermarket
spiral noodles
Herbs and Spices


Baker's Chocolate
Baking Powder

Baking Soda
Barbecue Sauce

Bread Crumbs
(plain or Seasoned)

Chocolate Chips

Cocoa Powder

Corn Meal






Lemon Juice

Mayonnaise or Salad Dressing

Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Nuts- Almond , Pecans, Walnuts


Oil (olive or vegetable)

Pancake  Mix

Pancake Syrup

Peanut Butter


(Granulated, brown, powered)


Packaged and
Canned Foods

Beans (canned, dry)

Broth  (Chicken, Beef, Vegetable)

Canned Diced Tomatoes

Canned Fruit

Canned Mushrooms

Canned Soup

Tomato Paste/Sauce

Canned, Tuna, Chicken


Dried Soup Mix

(flavored or plain)

(packets or jarred)

Jarred Salsa

Milk (evaporated, sweetened condensed)

Non-fat dry milk


Rice (brown, white, Jasmine)
Spaghetti Sauce

Spices and Seasonings


Bay Leaves

Black Pepper

Bouillon Cubes

(Chicken, Beef)


Chili Powder



(dried, prepared)

Garlic Powder

Garlic Salt



Onion Powder

Onion Salt






Soy Sauce




Worcestershire Sauce


Italian Seasoning

     When Covid 19 first started, we were shocked at all the food hoarding that was happening. We understood it because we were long time preppers who were prepared, (or so we thought.) We never imagined of all things running out of toilet paper, or aluminum foil, but those are some of the things we hadn't prepped. Freezer bags were another, but I've been canning for years so those didn't really bother me. We were pretty stocked up on the rest. 

     How we prep is not by going to the store and wiping the isles clean (lol) but for years we have bought extra of pantry items and non-perishables.  It adds up fast. If we needed Garlic Salt we bought 4 (put 2 up and used 2) when I got low on one of the two I used, I would buy 4 more. Then I ended up with 4 in stock. Spices and things don't go bad for a long time if stored right. We bought a food saver and the Jar Sealing kit so we could seal our mason jars (air tight) that way we could seal our spices after each use. (it's easy)

     Learn how to can, it's not as scary as you might think, and with the presto canning pressure cooker, it's a whole lot easier. It will come in handy if your freezer ever goes out too! There are tons of canning recipes, and if you take them step by step , you should be fine. I also have the 8 qt and 3 qt Instant Pot. (Great for canning small jars of jams and jellies.) YouTube is great for teaching you everything you ever wanted to know about canning and prepping, and it's one of those skills that will not only save you a ton of money, but it's something you can pass down to your own kids. (So that they know how) Let's face it, the world is only getting worse, and knowing you are one step ahead is not only comforting it's a survival skill, that will be a valuable tool for the rest of your life. 

Storing Water

(FEMA) recommends storing tap water in clean plastic, glass, enameled metal, or fiberglass containers. Once you have filled the container, it should be tightly sealed and stored in a dark, cool place. Every six months you need to replace water. Bottled water will last indefinitely.  If you buy  bottled water, buy 1 or 2 extra a week and store them. Until you have enough for 3 to 6 months.  The water itself will last indefinitely if kept in a cool dark area, however we all need to keep in mind, that this may not remain potable (drinking) due to plastic break down. It is best to store in glass containers, it is always best when storing water for a long term to have chlorine tablets on hand to insure disinfecting. You can use the dispensing machines, just change out the water every six months or keep chlorine tablets on hand.

What are some things you keep on hand? If you are a prepper, what are some of your tips? Comment Below

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