With every natural disaster that happens, our thoughts turn to pantry stockpiles and how many supplies we have on hand. Now is no exception, with the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan. At our regular shopping trip this week, we noticed people had started their food hoarding already.
Remember that being prepared with a sensible stockpile is NOT the same thing as hoarding. Will we use up 50 pounds of flour? Probably not. What about 100 bags of beans? You get the point!
In a practical pantry stockpile we want to have about 3 months’ supply of foods we will actually use, even if there is no disaster. Check out our list Emergency Preparedness for the Pantry: Checklists To Get You Ready to get started putting together your pantry supply.
2 Week Challenge: Use Up Your Pantry
Over the next two weeks, I challenge you to live of of our pantry groceries so that you can 1) save on your grocery shopping and 2) start your stockpile over fresh with new foods. My family will be doing this pantry challenge too.
During the use-it-up phase, you may be putting together some strange meal combinations. That’s alright! We had frozen pizzas one night with roasted asparagus on the side as our veggie!
Use up the oldest foods you have in your pantry first. Use up the foods you don’t like to cook and therefore, keep getting pushed to the back and forgotten (just get them out of your pantry for good).
So whip out your menu plan template and start filling in meals using the inventory in your pantry. You should have enough on hand to only buy minimal ingredients, fresh produce, and milk during your grocery shopping trips during the 2 week pantry challenge.
Let us know how you do in the comments below!