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The Pantry

It is so important for everyone to have some kind of food storage for their family.  In 1993, the South had a blizzard.  This was something that none of us expected – a couple of inches perhaps – but we were literally snowed in.  Our van was buried half way in snow and then of course it began to blow and snow drifts piled up.  We were without power and water for 7 days.  Our home was all electric, so I cooked soup on a charcoal grill.  Our only source of heat was a Coleman Lantern. I covered the windows and doorways with quilts, dragged mattresses into the living room at night and I lit that lantern every couple of hours to warm the room and then shut it off to keep us from carbon monoxide poisoning.  Thankfully, I had bought groceries the day before the blizzard and had enough knowledge to use our Coleman camp stove for quick meals and the grill for longer cooking items.  It was a difficult time for us but we survived and learned many lessons.  Since then there have been hurricanes, tornadoes, winter ice storms, etc, but we now no longer fear them.  The Lord has provided for us in every way. 

I am not advocating the hoarding of food out of fear.  To lay up storage of the summer harvest for use during the winter is not hoarding.  To buy grain and nutritious food when it is affordable is a wise use of God’s provision.  Allow me to add here to those who disagree thatChristians should prepare storage for their family some of the evidences in Scripture that this is a Godly plan.  We see clearly in the heart of God there is a desire for His people to be prepared – He prepared for our salvation through our Saviour before we were even born.  He spoke to the heart of Noah to build an ark in preparation to save mankind.  In Genesis 41 we see the Lord leading His people to store food against a coming famine.  In Proverbs 6 we are reminding to see the wisdom of even the ant who stores up for the winter. Proverbs21:20tells us “There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.” Again we see in 1 Timothy 5:8 shows us “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” For those who might use the scripture of “we are not to worry about what we are to eat or drink” please realize that indeed we are not worried.  Worry is what this scripture is about.  No, we cannot possibly store enough food to prevent any difficulty that may come in the future, the effort to do so would indeed be hoarding and it would require massive amounts of money, time and space to try to do so, but we can be diligent to do what we can as the Lord leads. 

This page is to help you begin to prepare for those times and to give you some ideas and tips on keeping and using food storage for your family.

 This is just the beginning of filling our pantry with our canned goods and storage. There is much left to be moved in but I wanted to get the pictures up for now to hopefully inspire (Hi Joyce!) and encourage you in your efforts.  There will be much added to this page and I will also be adding canning recipes too.  Please do check back from time to time.

 

Angelia

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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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2 Responses to "The Pantry"

  1. Kris says:

    Can you list things you can? My family cans but is looking for more ideas! Much thanks and God bless

    1. Angelia Angelia says:

      Hi Kris – that is a long list my friend. Pretty much anything you can imagine. Of course, all veggies – except squash and super sweet corn, like silver queen. The modern super sweets tend to carmelize when they are being processed and they turn brown. Still taste good but we don’t like the look of it. Soups, meats, broth, pie fillings, fruit and veggie butters (apple, fig, peach, etc). Pickles of many different veggies, jams, jellies. What am I leaving out???? If there is something you are wondering about, let me know. I don’t can anything with pasta in it because the pasta becomes total mush. Hope that helps.

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