Tips to Prepare Your Pantry for a Possible Shutdown

I came across a post on Facebook that had tons of helpful information in it, and wanted to share with my Homes of Shalom family. I added a few bits of information, and hope this assists you and your family in preparing for tumultuous times ahead. If you have any tips to contribute, be sure to do so in the comments!

Be sure to also check out our Pantry Inventory Tracker to help keep your supplies in order.

Food Pantry Recommendations

These products are unleavened, however be mindful of the ingredients for the specific items you purchase.

Rice: 30yr Shelf Life / 11 Servings Per Pound

  • White Rice or Parboiled Rice Only
  • Brown rice has a short shelf life

Dry Beans & Lentils, Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans (Best Choice): 3yr Shelf Life / 10 Servings Per Pound

  • High proteins, vitamins, minerals, & fiber
  • Low sodium & fat
  • Kidney, Pinto, Cannellini, & Black Beans can be substituted

Pasta: 2 – 5yr Shelf Life without special storage / 5 Servings Per Pound

  • Relatively inexpensive carb
  • Easily accessible

Oats (Quick Oats): 30yr shelf life / 10 Servings per pound

  • High protein, fiber, minerals, anti-inflammatory properties along with healthy fat.
  • Health benefits include weight control, better bowel function, lower cholesterol, blood pressure, reduce heart disease and diabetes risk.

Canned Meats: 2 – 5 year shelf life beyond printed expiration date

  • Pay attention to sodium levels
  • Tuna (packed in oil), Chicken, Corned Beef, Turkey
  • Easy to store

Canned Fruits & Vegetables: 2 – 5 year shelf life beyond printed expiration date

Pre-prepared Packaged Meals: 2 – 5 year shelf life beyond printed expiration date

The following are also important to include:

  • Stews, soups, chili, gravy, applesauce, mixed fruit, veg. medley
  • Tomato Sauce/Paste/Pasta Sauce
  • Evaporated or Powdered Milk
  • Chicken/Beef Broth
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Raw Honey & 100% Maple Syrup
  • Soy Sauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cooking Oil
  • Cereal
  • Power/Granola Bars
  • Tortilla Chips & Salsa
  • Tea bags & Coffee
  • Powdered Drink mix (Tang recommended)

More Helpful Tips

  • Do not buy dented cans. It is extremely important to inspect EVERY can for dents and imperfections.
  • Go with the lite version if possible.
  • If operating a pantry, smaller sizes work better. This makes it easier to distribute to individual families and single people.
  • Avoid buying survival food kits they are not cost effective.
  • Frozen Milk is good for up to 6 months

Storage Recommendations

How we store these items is critical to the preservation of shelf life and prevention of vermin infestation. The following are storing recommendations:

  • Dry Beans and Rice should be stored inside 5 gallon sealed mylar bags and placed inside resealable 5 gallon buckets.
  • All remain items that aren’t canned should be stored in sealable totes or resealable metal cans. I prefer metal cans, as vermin can’t bite through. You’d be surprised how easily even small mice eat through plastic totes.
  • Label everything!
  • If your pantry is offsite, avoid the cheapest facility because they have higher rodent populations. Be certain the facility allows 24 hour unrestricted access.
  • Break meat and fish down and freeze in meal sized portions for ease of use. This way you can take out one portion to prepare, without unthawing food you don’t need in the moment.

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Mylar Bags

Metal Cans – Large

Metal Cans – Small

Food Storage Oxygen Absorbers

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