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Old 08-07-2007, 09:32 AM   #11
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Hmmm. Interesting question. My pantry is small, I built the shelves myself into a little recess of the laundry room. I keep lots of dry goods there but I don't have the room to stock up 6 months worth of stuff. I keep lots of dry cereal, soup, rice, pasta, crackers and "lunch" items there (fruit snacks, those little cracker and cheese things) and I do a fair pile of canned goods too. Soups and canned tomatoes etc. My freezer is full of things like salmon (good sale this week!!), farm chickens, boxes of chicken breast and thighs. We usually have beef and pork in there too.

I'm not much of a doomsday person, so I don't stock up for stuff like Y2K. I just think about how to stretch what I DO have.

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Old 08-07-2007, 09:54 AM   #12
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I have a pantry like this one:
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:37 AM   #13
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I keep large quantities of a few items, just because I only get to a health foods store about twice a year, and I simply can not be without these items:

canned ground coffee
organic oats, usually a 50# bag
olive oil, in the gallon tins, this store has a NICE selection
dried beans
pasta in the 10# box

plus the usual stuff

Have 2 small freezers, each about 1/3 full, bout time to clean them out, for the corn calleth.....
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:40 AM   #14
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My food stores are running on the low side right now. That will start to reverse itself when the kids go back to school.

I usually keep a couple kinds of pasta on hand, mac-n-cheese, ramen noodles, flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, canned green beans, canned hominy, some pork-n-beans, several different kinds and sizes of canned tomatoes, Bisquick, big bags of Malt-O-Meal cereal, etc. I prefer frozen or fresh veggies over canned, with the exceptions of the ones I've listed.

My g'mother gave us several cans of evaporated milk, some sweetened condensed milk, canned pumpkin, coconut flakes, different kinds of nuts, etc. She knows I like to bake during the winter.

I do try to keep some Asian ingredients on hand. I've got a can of coconut milk, soy, toasted sesame oil, chile garlic paste, soy, oyster sauce, etc.

I don't always think end-of-the-world prep, but I will sometimes keep some powdered milk on hand. PeppA, my other half, likes to keep instant rice and instant mashed potatoes in the pantry. We also have some stuff from her mother in our stores, things like shake-n-bake mix, some kind of boxed potato side dish, bread crumbs, etc. Those items are rather old, and need to be File 13'd.

I've had to scale back the sheer quantity of stuff that I keep in stores, as our current pantry is the size of a coat closet, and my last pantry was the size of a bathroom.
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:03 AM   #15
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My pantry isn't all that big to look at, but I keep it really full. When I lived near my family I kept a lot more food on hand (at that time a side-by-side fridge/freezer, a 9 cu ft freezer, a huge pantry closet, and many bulk items in the garage). Now I don't live near my family, and still I think that my husband and I could live out of my pantry for over a month. I keep at least two kinds of rice. I keep at least one couscous and one taboule. I keep many cans of beans. I keep some kind of poultry, some of pork, some of beef in the freezer. Once a week I go shopping for vegs and fruit. I keep a variety of ethnic stuff (there is always a can of coconut milk, a couple of nukulator curries, many cans of beans, many frozen and canned veggies, pickles, chutneys; lots of cheese ...

well, I have enough food in the house to feed a family of 12 I think, and just for the two of us.
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Old 08-14-2007, 10:53 AM   #16
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WOW!!! Phenominal!!!!!! I wish I had the kind of space you all have!! I hoard what I thought was alot of foods because I like to stay stocked up for hurricane season. I only live in an apartment though so I have very limited space. Once I fill my kitchen cabinets it overflows into my second bedroom closet..LOL!!

I got some great ideas for new things to stock up on here!! Thanks!!!

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