Practical Advice for Building and Stocking Your Survival Pantry

In case you don’t already have a designated pantry area in your home or apartment, you’d be surprised what you can do to store extra food. And it’s important to be doing that, too. Store things you’ll use and eat, and accumulate what you need one step at a time.

Jackie Clay-Atkinson has written an excellent article about her experience building and stocking a pantry. She’s a regular contributor to “Backwoods Home Magazine” because she practices what she preaches. Below is an excerpt of an article that proves it. It’s from the September/October 2010 issue.


Building and stocking your pantry

By Jackie Clay

At the turn of the 19th century, most country homes had a walk-in pantry, as well as a root cellar for keeping vegetables and fruits. This pantry contained the essentials for daily meals. Today we have walk-in closets to hang all our clothes, but no pantry. How times have changed!

Everyone should have a pantry containing a good supply of the foods they use most frequently. A well-stocked pantry is not only the foundation for a good kitchen, but it is essential to a family’s well-being, should some unforeseen calamity pop up. I have two years’ worth of food stashed away in my basement pantry. All that food sure came in handy the first year we were here on our new homestead. Not only did my small garden freeze out on July 27th, but suddenly Mom and Dad came to live with us in “camping” conditions, doubling our food consumption when we were all broke.

Read the whole article here:

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. 1-800-835-2418


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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “Practical Advice for Building and Stocking Your Survival Pantry”

  1. You know, I have thought of that very same thing before. We had to build our own food pantry because it wasn’t an original part of the home!

    1. One important thing to keep in mind when building your own pantry. Jackie Clay mentions in her article that it’s important to build shelves with good support. She describes an incident where she lost several jars of pickles because the shelves crashed.

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