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I was happy to chat with my sweet Kitchen Pioneers during this month’s live stream on October 27, 2022. Among the topics we talked about was how to find space to create a Prepper Pantry.
This live stream replay is available to Kitchen Pioneers who have joined my YouTube membership community—The Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy.
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Finding the Best Place for a Prepper Pantry
As I shared with you during the live stream, I originally didn’t have a place designated for storing my extra food and supplies separate from my working pantry. But I wasn’t too worried about it. What could possibly happen to keep me from getting to the grocery store?
Then in 2014, there was the threat of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States, and my husband asked me if we had enough food and water on hand if things got serious and we could not go to the grocery store. I have always had a well-stocked Working Pantry, so I knew we would have enough food on hand for months. But my husband’s question got me thinking about the additional supplies we might need, such as water, first aid items, an emergency radio, and more.
As I shared, my son Ben and I quickly got to work scouring the house in search of a place we could designate as our Prepper Pantry. And we found it! A small area under our stairs turned out to be perfect. Yes, we would have to crouch down a bit, but it was the ideal place for our long-term supplies. So we put in some low-rise shelves and started adding items to our extended pantry each week until it was well stocked.
Here’s a recent video where I give you a tour of my working pantry along with a behind-the-scenes look for my Kitchen Academy members.
The Prepper Pantry to the Rescue in 2020
As time went on, we expanded our Prepper Pantry to include essential supplies to get us through whatever would come our way. We made sure to have extra water, candles, and blankets. The worse we thought that might happen was having to shelter in place in the event our area was hit with a weakening hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado.
We never expected what happened in March 2020. A pandemic! But we weathered it well thanks to our Prepper Pantry. We had food, water, and medical supplies for minor emergencies, and we were able to hunker down in our home with everything we needed.
Here’s a video where I share with you how to build a two-week emergency food supply. Be sure to download the free printable checklist and meal plan too!
- How to Build a 2-Week Emergency Food Supply (Includes Printable Checklist and Meal Plan)
And Then Came 2021!
Just when we thought we were in the clear and things were returning to normal, we were hit with a once-in-a-100-year ice and snow storm in Texas.
Again, we were able to get through the subfreezing weather without reliable power or the ability to drive on icy roads. And thanks to our preparedness, we could share water and firewood with our friends and neighbors in need.
Any Extra Space for a Prepper Pantry Will Do
So as we all agreed during the live stream, finding any little space in your home, whether under the stairs or the bed, will do when it comes to creating your Prepper Pantry. Because what matters in the end is that if you have to shelter in place during any type of local or national emergency, you’ll be prepared with what you need to manage until you can get out and about again.
Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy Live Stream
These live streams and live stream replays are available to members of the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy, who we call Kitchen Pioneers. You can learn more about my optional YouTube membership community, including members-only videos and exclusive perks.
This membership community is optional. I’m still publishing my weekly detailed instructional cooking videos on my public YouTube channel that you can watch for free. (Thanks so much for being a Sweet Friend and subscriber!)
In addition to links to the latest Kitchen Academy vodcasts, this blog post lists some of the public videos that I talk about in my live stream.
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Be sure to bring your questions for me to our live streams. You can also get to know the other members in our Kitchen Pioneers community. You’ll find a lot of fellow Kitchen Pioneers who are working on sourdough starters, ferments, and more traditional foods recipes, just like you!
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