My memory strays to a time when we took our small boat to a beautiful place down hood canal. I had the brainy idea that I could wash our load of clothes before we left and hang them to dry on the back deck. Bad idea. It was wonderful all the way over, until we hit a bay and strong winds. We were taking waves higher that the boat. My husband and I took turns steering while the other one wiped their glasses so one if us could see. Needless to say, we not only didn’t get dry clothes, we got salt water soaked clothes! Thankful the resort had washers and dryers.
I digress. My husband took ill. He was the only one that could navigate the boat. We had enough food for four days and some extras I threw in the “ pantry” aka the space under the dinette seat. I made it work. There were no stores. We walked into town, there still was no grocery store or pharmacy. My point is, even if you aren’t in a place where you have no money 💰, you can be on a place to need to stretch what you do have.
I just saw a U tuber that is truly a miracle worker when it comes to the subject of making something out of nothing. She took part of a potato, some broccoli stalks, onion, and water, added floor and seasonings and added a tablespoon of cream cheese and made enough soup for four people. She guesses at ten cents a serving. She makes milk out of oatmeal. Truly a miracle worker.
I purchased a small cookbook from the dollar store. The pages are small, but there are 200 recipes for pasta and some of them use the ingredients that could be what’s left on the refrigerator. Some of them, just sound good regardless of their meager beginnings.
Linguine Florentine with ham
Vegetable pasta : broccoli, garlic,green beans, tomato, parm cheese
Spaghetti with broccoli and shrimp
Pesto with penne
Creamy mustard sausage pasta
Spaghetti with pork and mushrooms.
Broccoli and ham pasta
Spicy, anchovy dressed pasta
Spicy zucchini fusilli
Garlic and black pepper spaghetti
Baked sausage and spinach pasta
Spinach and blue cheese pasta salad
And many more
Top ten emergency food pantry
This bears repeating, Most grocery stores carry a three to four DAY supply of food. Store shelves can deplete fast in an emergency even one as innocuous as a snow storm in Seattle. We had a Christmas where the I 5 interstate flooded at Centralia. No trucks could pass. We have had government shutdowns. It is a good thing to have a small emergency stash. The quantities of food will depend on the size of your family.
From a warehouse store :
From someplace that carries bulk food like Winco
- Dry milk
- Baking powder
- Salad oil
You can’t say that just these ten ingredients will make for a well balanced diet. We can say that you will get protein and enough calories to sustain you for a short haul. Hopefully. You can add vegetables, fruit of some kind. This is a start of a good basic pantry to get you over a rough spot.