Before we know it bad weather will be here.
Every year it seems to hit us harder and harder throughout Canada. Many people are not prepared and often caught off guard. we all know to keep an emergency bag with a first aid kit on hand, but what about other necessities? What if you were snowed in or without power for days? would you be able to manage? If you have a generator with fuel or a woodstove, you will be fine for heat. But food may be a problem without power even if only for a short while.
Having a well stocked pantry is essential this time of year. You can buy a little extra with every grocery store shopping trip and not even feel it in the pocketbook. My grandparents always had a well stocked pantry full of foods they canned themselves along with dried goods. My parents as well, but it included more canned items from the store. Seeing them being prepared like this for times when money may be thin or weather may cause issues made me be more prepared. I always stock up on fried goods and canned foods when they are on sale.
You really never know what may happen. Foods with long shelf-lives and expiry dates longer than a few months are good to keep on hand. Once we were without power for 10 days in the middle of winter due to a crazy storm. Luckily we had a generator and lots of food as well as a woodstove. The woodstove allowed us to keep the house warm and cook using our cast iron pan.
Since Fall is here and our Canadian winter will be coming fast and furious, I wanted to share this important list with you.
What to Always Keep in Your Pantry
Nuts and trail mixes
Granola bars and power bars
Pasta or rice
Canned soup and stew and chili
Sugar and seasoning
These are all great to have on hand and have a long shelf life. They will keep you going if you are without power for a while. These can all be eaten on their own, combined together for a recipe or combined with fresh ingredients as well. I personally like to rotate my nonperishable foods every once in a while. I add the new to the back and move the old to the front so it gets used first. If you take advantage of grocery store sales when stocking up you can save big. Tight on money? Buy a few items at a time and before you know it your pantry will be stocked. A stocked pantry is also great when you are running low on groceries and need quick meal. My teens often raid the pantry when it is ‘make your own meal’ night here.
I should add that we always have a weeks supply of dried dog food on hand as well for our pets.
What do you have in your pantry?