Posted on October 22 2020
If you have a guest bedroom or spare space that you rarely use, consider converting it into a survival pantry. A dedicated space to store extra food and supplies isn't just for preppers. A survival pantry can help you and your family when you can't shop for groceries and other items due to illness or inclement weather. A survival pantry can also help your family if you can't afford groceries due to the loss of a job. Follow these tips to get your survival pantry started.
Above any small refrigeration units, you can hang multiple shelves to hold dry goods. Cereal, oats, boxed pasta, crackers, coffee and whatever else your family enjoys eating will fit well on such shelves. You can also create a "snack" section for cookies, candies, chips, pretzels, nuts, and popcorn. If you are vacuum sealing any of your dry foods consider using oxygen absorbers to extend the life of your food even longer. This handy food storage chart is useful to know just how long your foods can be stored.
For items that you don't want in view, install several tall storage cabinets with adjustable shelves. The ability to adjust or remove a shelf, if necessary, works well when you need to store tall items. In the cabinets, you can keep personal hygiene supplies, extra medication, batteries, or whatever else you want behind closed doors. Storage cabinets are also a good place to keep cases of water and other bottled items. You'll want to store extra toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels in one or more of the cabinets as well.
Against your longest wall, install more shelves to hold canned goods. You'll want various types of canned and jarred goods such as soups, sauces, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, chili, and canned meats. You can also keep condiments here like mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, relish, hot sauce, honey, or whatever else that you regularly use. Don't forget your spices too. Spices will help make your bland anchor foods taste better.
Set up a table in the middle of the room. A table will give you a place to put bags or boxes of groceries while you're restocking. Also, keep a supply of small grocery bags in the space, so you can more easily tote supplies from your pantry to your kitchen.
The majority of your pantry should include items that your family uses on a regular basis. Doing this keeps the items fresh because you'll regularly replace the supplies as you consume them. If you decide to store items that you don't use on a regular basis, such as MREs, foods in mylar bags and buckets, sacks of rice, or boxes of protein bars, for example, then you'll need to check their expiration dates and make certain to replace them when necessary. A survival pantry, even a small one, can help your family in difficult times, so seriously consider setting up a dedicated space where you can store additional supplies and necessities.