How to Start Your Pantry in 5 Easy Steps

Now is the time to learn how to start your pantry! But, where to begin? If you have done any research on how to be a prepper or create your own prepper pantry, you have no doubt seen hundreds of pages of material for people that already seem to know what to do. This can be a bit overwhelming for the beginner prepper; but do not be discouraged! Starting a prepper pantry does not have to be as difficult as you think. There are actually plenty of ways to easily learn how to start your pantry start and maintain it.

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How to start your pantry in 5 easy steps

Number one: Start Small

Do not try to buy out the whole canned goods aisle at once. This is one of my biggest pet peeves of late! A prepper pantry is not built in a day. Instead, buy a few extra cans of what you would normally buy. Just getting a few extra things every time you shop can really add up. Just make sure you have enough space to store the extras you get. And, doing things gradually won’t break the budget, either. You can watch for sales and buy a little extra then, too.

Number two: Choose the Right Space

A prepper pantry should be in a cool, dry area. Avoid garages and attics, since these places can get really humid and hot as temperatures fluctuate outside. In contrast, maybe you have unfinished basement or old storm cellar, but you need to mindful of flooding. It can be tricky trying to find the right space. In our house, we keep a working pantry. Our large kitchen/dining room features floor to ceiling cabinets where we store extras. We also store extra meat and vegetables in a large freezer. Whatever you do, keep in mind that you will need plenty of room for shelving, and the space needs to be safe from vermin or pests that can destroy your stock.

Number three: Experiment

Try out some easy recipes using shelf stable foods you have not tried yet. If you find yourself in a position to need your prepper pantry, you will be glad to have a bit of variety in your diet. Try new things, and add extras to your pantry as you discover things you and your family enjoy. Make sure you do this before you buy lots and lots of anything. And, collect those recipes in a binder or other handy place so if you do end up needing them, you don’t have to try to remember what book they were in and what website they were published on.

Number four: Remember the Basics

Water, rice, pasta, beans, peanut butter, canned fruits and veggies, vitamins, and supplements can seem like no-brainers. However, sometimes the most basic supplies can be forgotten because they are so obvious. You will want to be sure you have plenty of foods with lots of protein and nutritional value. Empty calories have no place in a prepper pantry. Don’t do what I’ve seen so many in my neighborhood do. Do not buy cases of ramen noodles! When there are food shortages, nutrition is paramount to preventing disease and sickness. Furthermore, if you have children, their growing bodies need good food packed with good stuff!

Number five: DIY Shelf Stable Foods

Pickling and drying out foods is actually a very easy process thanks to modern technology and appliances. One of the best parts about this is that you can preserve your favorite things all by yourself! With a little bit of practice and the right tools, you can preserve meats, fruits, and vegetables for your daily AND prepper pantry. Learning how to do this will save you money and ensure good nutrition during challenging times.

Now that you know to start your pantry in five easy steps, go forth and prep! Once you take that first step and give it a try, you will see just how easy it can be to prepare for anything that comes your way.


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