Episode 552 – Developing a Stable Pantry vs Panic Prepping

Today we address an issue: How to quickly develop a deep pantry vs panic prepping. Day after day as the rumors of food shortages abound, I see lists distributed by people who do not appear to have prepped a day in their lives. Usually wheat, beans and rice are heavily featured. Instead of panic buying these items, consider taking an afternoon to develop your deep pantry plan. You will be much happier with the end results if you do.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Addition of an electric smoker
  • Precooking workshop things: Chili, Sweet potato chili, bacon, meatloaf, sauerkraut, feta cheese
  • The 25 lb bag of carrots for $20
  • Fresh yard greens (Plantain is up!)
  • Pre-canning assessment season

Frugality tip 

  • Rags vs paper towels

Operation Independence

  • Ordered the last of our 2022 garden seeds (Only needed green beans, turmeric, tarragon. Could use radish, beet and a few other things for the fall garden. Thank you to the seed fairy of 2020)

Main topic of the Show: Developing a Stable Pantry vs Panic Prepping



  • Inflation
  • Supply chain disruptions
  • Crop failure
  • THINK – what season is it in the US and why does this matter (Corporatized Food System)

What happens when you wake up to the instability of our system?

Panic prepping advice

  • Mre’s 
  • 20 year storage
  • Wheat, beans, rice
  • Conspiracies

I Have guns, I’ll just hunt, shoot people for food, etc

  • US Civil War

What really works: Developing a stable pantry

Story: I live waaaaay out away from everything

Story: homesteading the west

Short term rectock – do it now

  • Investigate
  • Allocate
  • Prioritize
  • Purchase
  • Store properly
  • Rotate

What about rice and beans?

Stable Pantry System

  • Store what you use on a rotation
  • Measured in months of stability
  • Replenishment strategy
    • Play the what if game? (herbal remedies, grow food, local sourcing, do i really care if it is gone?, substitutions)
  • The Perpetual motion Game
    • Garlic example
    • Chicken Tractor on steroids
    • The local apple orchard
  • Storage SYSTEM as in things are MOVING
    • Long Term storage, short term storage, creative storage, Inventory systems

What about inflation (coming soon)

And what about 20 year storage? (A word on freeze dryers)

Membership Plug

MeWe reminder

Make it a great week!


GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


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4 replies
  1. Susan McGuinness
    Susan McGuinness says:

    Dear Nicole,

    Your podcasts are so useful, am passing them on constantly. However, there’s a thing that keeps happening: they freeze mid-podcast and I can’t get ’em going again.Bewildering. Something I’m doing wrong? Thanks. S

  2. John Paul Smajda
    John Paul Smajda says:

    Hey Nicole,
    Excellent episode. I’m passing it along to some friends that need to hear it.
    You never linked Jacks episode that you mentioned. At this point I forgot the title myself.
    Also, as an idea Perhaps you can do your “housekeeping” or other segments towards the end of the episode? You didn’t get to the subject of the episode until 24 minutes in. 24 MINUTES!

    Take care, hope to see you soon.

    ~ John

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