How to Stock Your Pantry for Winter Preparedness

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Are you wondering how to stock your pantry for winter? Winter preparedness is something that I take seriously in rural Vermont.  It’s not unusual for us to be snowed in for several days after a bad winter storm.  Being snowed in means that we cannot run to the store when we run out of the basics in our pantry.  It often also means that we lose power and that means that we lose refrigeration. When we lose refrigeration, those things that are sensitive to temperature changes need to be thrown out.  If I didn’t think about being prepared, we would find ourselves without food if we were snowed in for any length of time.

How to Stock Your Pantry for Winter Preparedness

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Stock Your Pantry for Winter

There are a few basic supplies that we always keep on hand in our pantry for winter preparedness just in case. While it’s important to stock up on food, it’s also important to have extra batteries, prescription medication, supplements, paper products, and first aid supplies.

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Easy to prepare food

  • Instant coffee – Normally, I do not drink instant coffee but if we are without power and my coffee pot does not work, I need to be certain I have some sort of coffee to wake up with.
  • Canned meat – Canned tuna, chicken, clams, shrimp, etc. can be made into a filling meal or even eaten cold if you need to.
  • Canned pasta and stew meals – Generally, we do not eat these but they are good to have on hand if you have no way to heat food up since they can be eaten straight from the can.
  • Bottled water – At our home, we have a well. No power means no water. We keep a large supply of bottled water for emergencies.
  • Snacks – Nuts, dried fruits, juice boxes, trail mix, energy bars. Make sure you keep a stash of these to keep on hand at all times so you do not run out. Fussy children are not fun at any time but especially not when you have no power. Since Marty is a diabetic, he needs to have quick energy snacks.
  • Baby food and formula – Always have at least a week extra on hand of baby food and formula if you use them. You never want to run out.
  • Canned vegetables and fruits – Keep extra on hand when you can and preserve your garden harvest over the summer.
  • Shelf safe milk – Whether you want to cook or give the kids a drink, you don’t want to have to rely on milk that’s going sour in the refrigerator.

How to stock your pantry for winter preparedness

Lighting options

If you lose electricity, you’ll want a variety of lighting options to choose from. It’s no fun sitting in the dark at night. And, it can be dangerous if you have to go up and down the stairs. We keep on hand a variety of candles, flashlights, lanterns, and solar powered lights just in case. Of course, if you are using battery operated light sources, you need to make sure that you have on hand whatever size batteries you need.

How to stock your pantry for winter prepardness

Heat Source

Depending on your location, a few extra blankets may be all you need. Here in Vermont, we use our woodstove regularly. But, I make sure we have extra wood just in case we lose our power and our furnace won’t come on. If you use a pellet stove, it won’t work without electricity. However, if you have electricity and are simply stuck at home due to poor roads, you will want to be sure you have extra pellets on hand.

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Comments

  1. Great tips! I need to get ready for winter. It's been unseasonably warm around here so I keep putting it off! Thanks for giving me the motiviation I needed.
  2. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
    I used it in my kids' lunchboxes all the time, almost every day. It's a little pricey, but it was worth it to me.
  3. Meagan Paullin says
    Great tips! We don't get storms like that on the West Coast. but we've been trying to learn a little bit more about preparedness, because you just never know. We do get crazy amounts of snow sometimes, so while it's very rare to lose power or have major problems - with the crazy changes in weather anymore, it's better to be safe than sorry!
  4. What a wonderful list and such a great idea. We live in a very desolate area too, we definitely need to be stocking up and getting prepared for the winter. Thanks for the suggestions and ideas!
  5. This is such a good list, especially if you live in an area that gets lots of snow. We always have this kind of stuff in the house just in case we get snowed in.
  6. Richard Hicks says
    These are are great tips.  I would rather be prepared and safe than sorry  other wise.  We once had an outage that lasted a week during winter.  It was HORRIBLE!
  7. I love having shelf stable milk on hand. I always run out of milk at the worst times!

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