Stocking a Pantry - You Need More Food Than You Think (#19)
The main goal in developing a pantry and preparing for uncertainties is to have everything you need for an extended period of time. Most people, however, don’t realize how much they would need if they only ate at home day after day for a number of days or even weeks. It’s so common to eat on the go and stop for quick items at the grocery store that we don’t really know how much we go through.
Let’s consider eggs.
You might think to yourself, “We don’t really eat that many eggs so I’m not going to keep many around.” But is that true? And would it be true in a difficult situation?
Let’s say you are stuck at home for whatever reason. What might you do?
Bake comfort foods.
What does baking generally need?
So do things like pancakes and meatballs and all sorts of other foods.
So while once you thought you really don’t eat that many eggs, you might realize that you would go through quite a few quickly. (Plus they are easy to prepare multiple ways and a good source of protein.)
What Do You Really Eat?
Before you can build up an effective pantry, you need to know what you actually do eat in your home. For one week, you’re going to write down everything that gets consumed by everyone in your home. Be as accurate as possible.
The What Do You Really Eat? worksheets will give you a place to record this.
Once you complete this step, you’ll be ready to do more with your pantry building.
If you really want to dig deep, make the decision that you will only eat at home for one week with what is in the house right now – no additional shopping or outside food purchases – and see how quickly your supplies diminish. It was eye-opening for me when we had an extended period of time at home to see how much food we really went through when there was no other option available to us.
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