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Creating a Well Stocked Kitchen Pantry
There are very good reasons to create and maintain a well stocked kitchen pantry, even a small pantry.
At Quaker Farm, emergency preparedness is a very real consideration, especially in the winter time
when rain storms, ice storms and heavy snowfall often cause power outages and
limited mobility - sometimes for several days. Another good reason to keep a stock and storage pantry
is that it is economical and can save money in many ways.
We live in an area where there are no "convenient" stores nearby. The tiny town markets
located several miles from Quaker Farm offer little choice for wholesome food products.
Keeping a well stocked pantry, one seldom find has to run out to purchase just
one or two "quick" items, are usually not economical in price or worth the cost of
fuel in making the trip. But, the biggest advantage of keeping a well
planned home pantry is the quality of the food which can stored away for the future.
A well planned and maintained pantry should be a resource of items
that are nutritiously produced and preserved. First, consider canning or freezing thine own
fruits, vegetables, meats, sauses, jellies, jams and other preserves. Even if thee
don't grow thy own, there are surely farmers markets or local growers thee can locate
as reliable resources. Second, make purchases from thy local natural foods co-op. Organic
products are often easily found there in a trust worthy variety that certainly out does any "super-mart". Remember, real food value can not be measured in cost alone - one absolutely must consider the nutritional content as well as the natural, chemical free production of the product. Cheap food costs far, far more in the long run - don't compromise the health of your family with cheap, chemically laden foods. Invest in the health of your home with wholesome, nutrient rich foods.
It is also a good idea to research alternative methods for cleaning products.
Many of the items listed in the pantry recommendations below can be used
(alone or in combination) in place of commercial cleaning products.
Medicinal preparations are another important consideration.
Holistic preparations, herbal tinctures, cough remedies and more can be created and kept in
a well stocked pantry.
Thoughtful advanced planning is the key to creating a
pantry that will serve thee and thy family well and in many healthful ways.
The following are just recommendations to get thee off to a good start.
Butter (no margarine!)
Raw whole milk
Hot pepper pickles
Jellies or jams
Link and/or bulk sausage
Ice cream or frozen yogurt
Unbleached white flour
Whole wheat flour (store in freezer for longer shelf life)
Granulated raw sugar
Yeast (Keep in freezer for longer shelf life)
Semi or bitter sweet chocolate
Old Fashioned Oatmeal
Cream of Wheat
Whole grain Pastas:
Long grain rice
Great Northern beans
Onion soup mix
CANNED / BOTTLED
Condensed cream of mushroom soup
Whole kernel corn
Great northern beans
Light corn syrup
Dark corn syrup
Pure maple syrup
VINEGAR / OIL
Extra-Virgin olive oil
Red wine vinegar
White distilled vinegar
Beer - Ale & Stout
Dry red wine
Dry white wine
Brandy or Cognac
Note: However picturesque it might be, don't display spices on a sunny kitchen counter. Store herbs and spices in a dark area. This helps to preserve them longer. Though dried spices and herbs start to lose flavor after 6 months, they do not spoil. Rather than discard older spices, simply add a bit more to a recipe if needed.
Ground sweet paprika
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