Lifestyle & Wellness,  Motherhood

Quick Guide Stocking Up a Working Pantry in Case of Emergencies

As we’ve seen recently, there are some potential supply chain issues going on that could get worse. Now, don’t look at me like I’m “some crazy prepper” because it’s really not that crazy when you think about it. We have a lot going on in the world right now and woah, the anxiety that accompanies it can be crippling. One of the ways that I’ve approached that anxiety is to be prepared for anything that could come our way with a working pantry. This means I’m always cycling through things and nothing sits too long to possibly go bad.

We talked a bit about what I’d buy first (like right now) on Instagram with the potential impending supply chain disruption, but I wanted to keep that all in one place. I’ll also come back and add a larger, more in depth “PREP” list of other things to start to get on hand just in case because there was a lot of interest in that too!

What I’d Buy Right Now

Baking Items

Have you ever heard people say “get your flour and sugar”? Well that rings true here too. And you want to make sure you have some recipes readily available as well, so grab one of my favorite cookbooks or print things out from the internet.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Cacao/cocoa
  • Brown Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Good Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Unsalted Butter (you can freeze this)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Honey

In this “short list” case, we’re not prepping for worst case scenario. This is all stuff you will actually WANT to eat. That’s why you won’t see anything on my short list that my family doesn’t regularly consume or cook with.

Kid Foods & Snacks

I like to keep 4-5 of every single thing that my kids like to eat. You don’t have to buy it all at once, each week, buy 2-3 of a few things and put them back. Remember, this is the short list of what to keep on hand in your working pantry, so it’s things they love, things they’ve eaten in the past, things that you either have room for in the freezer or that are shelf stable. You already know what your kids like, just have a few extra on hand. This has saved me from a toddler meltdown multiple times too when we run out, but I have extras in the basement.

  • Squeezies
  • Canned/packed tuna
  • Cereals
  • Steel cut oats
  • Regular oats (can make granola with this)
  • Chips
  • Crackers of any kind
  • Nuts (multiple kinds they like)
  • Beef Jerky
  • Organic hot dots (freezer)
  • Chicken nuggets (freezer)

Working Pantry Items for Meals You Love

This is going to be specific for you and your family. For us, it would be things like ingredients for:

  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Shepherds Pie
  • Chili
  • Tacos
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Flatbreads

Personal Care Products

  • Tooth brushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Razors
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Diapers
  • Wipes

Vitamins and Supplements

If you or your family gets sick, you want to make sure you have everything on hand that you’ll need in your working pantry. This includes your day to day vitamins that will keep you from getting sick. Check out this blog post for the full wellness guide and what we take on a daily basis. In short, things to have on hand are:

That’s the bare minimum when it comes to supplements, check out the Wellness Kit Guide for more.

Recipes to Make with What You’ve Got in Your Working Pantry

Emergency Items I’d Buy Next

Coming Soon…

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