Friday, January 15, 2016

Preparing a Proverbs 31 Pantry ~ A Happy Homemaking Hobby


"The little house was fairly bursting with good food stored away for the long winter. The pantry and the shed and the cellar were full, and so was the attic."
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

Provision, prudence, planning and preparation are all wonderful words that can describe our excellent example of the virtuous woman. If she was to have a pastime, in my imagination, it would be that of keeping a well-stocked pantry. A Proverbs 31 pantry, if you will. It is quite the happy homemaking hobby and has been practiced by necessity for hundreds of years by our pioneering foremothers. If that alone isn't convincing enough, I invite you to visit here for 10 modern-day reasons to prepare a pantry. But despite the many advantages, I simply wanted to share how the pantry has become an enjoyable but practical amusement for me. Please visit our guest post today at Raising Homemakers for the remaining article (I would love for you to leave a little note there to let me know you "dropped by"!). Happy homemaking, ladies!

29 comments:

  1. I love my pantry too. It is nice to be able to cook and not run to a market so much .

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    1. So very true! Especially when you live in the country! :)

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  2. Your pantry is always inspiring to view. I really love those large crystal cut jars with the wooden(?) stoppers. Most of my jars, etc. are a mishmash of style from pickle jars to my beloved Fido jars, but they are all useful for storing. And the biggest part my pantry is in our unfinished basement, but I'm glad to have it, anyways.

    Have a great weekend!

    p.s. The site where your full post is at won't let me leave a comment so I had to leave it here.

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    1. Oh a basement sounds amazing!!! The crystal cut jars were purchased on clearance at J.C. Penny's for $4 a jar (and they are a nice large size :) ... I also have mishmash but try and keep the like-looking jars together to make them look like sets. I am just weird like that ;)

      P.S. I am sorry about the comment problem. I remember that happening last time and don't understand why... Thanks for making the attempt!

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  3. Isn't that fun. I love organization and putting things where they can be found. Interesting containers always add to interest. I enjoyed your posting!

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    1. I couldn't agree more! Thank you for sharing Bernideen! :)

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  4. JES, I could not comment at Raising Homemakers either, but wanted to thank you for this very inspiring and comprehensive post on the pantry--the home keeper's delight. I appreciate the amount of thought, time and effort you invested in creating this beautiful post for us, your readers. Nancy D.

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    1. Dear Nancy, Thank you for taking the time to comment and encourage here! It means a lot to the author of this blog ;)

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  5. Also could not comment there... nice and big work done here!

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    1. Thank you ver much for taking the time to visit and comment so kindly! :)

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  6. I can't print out the printables. It goes to a download that you have to join to keep reading?

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    1. Hi there, I think all you need to "join" is an email but if that isn't the case, then please feel free to email me at pleasewritetojes@hotmail.com and I will email you the files you would like. Sorry about the inconvenience (we do hope to upgrade our website one day to a more printer-friendly one)! In the meantime, hope this helps! :)

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  7. Hi JES, just visited your post on Raising Homemakers, and was not able to comment, must be some technical difficulty. Regardless, what a lovely, well thought out and informative article you wrote on the pantry! In our tiny home, we do not have a pantry, and I have made use of creative shelving, and it has worked out nicely. I love all your labels, they are so pretty, and I always enjoy reading your thoughts! I do hope you have a lovely and blessed day :)

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to share! Our home is pretty small also and we ended up changing a smaller storage room into one. When there is a homemaking will, there is a way! :)

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  8. Loved this amazing and informative post but I could not comment there.. Just wanted to thank you...xo

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    1. Thank you Faye! I guess the website was having some technical difficulty of some sort. Thank you for taking the time to comment here :)

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  9. Thanks for adding to FromTheFarm. You were chosen as one of the featured posts this week! Hope to see you again soon!

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  10. Stocking my pantry before the winter makes me feel like such a pioneer woman! I love the feeling of knowing I've prepared my family for winter. :)

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    1. I couldn't agree more! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  11. I do enjoy keeping a well stocked pantry as well. Fall always bring the feeling of trying to get just as much in there as I can before the snow flies. At this time of year it is fun to use from the bounty of Summer and Fall.

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    1. Yes, winter is wonderful in that way! You get to open up all that hard work in those gleaming jars! :)

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  12. I'm always inspired to be more intentionally-domestic by your posts, JES! Thank you so much for faithfully showing up to share at Coffee & Conversation each week! :-)
    Lovely, lovely blog...

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  13. I just reorganized my pantry today and I love how it always makes me feel afterward. I switched a lot over to clear 1/2 gallon mason jars that I already had and it just looks so pretty. The biggest compliment is when my youngest just wanted to hang out in there. He got the mortar and pestal and started grinding up some spices, mixing and playing. He came up with a wonderful mixture, we're going to use it for dinner! Lol! Thanks for all the photos and tips!

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    1. Ah, thank you so much for sharing! That makes my day! I also love the feeling of an organized pantry. I will just stare at the final outcome because I am weird like that :)

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  14. I have been reading your blog for some time now and enjoy it very much. I would like your input on how to store carrots through the winter. We don't have a cellar. I appreciate your advice. If it isn't too much trouble, please, e-mail me your answer. darlene@campbellcountygov.comcastbiz.net
    Thank you very much.

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    1. Hi Darlene! I tried emailing you but don't know if I ended up in your spam box since there was no reply. If you don't want your email to show up on the blog, you can delete your comment and I would understand.

      Hope all is well with you!

      I have never stored root vegetables but I did read the following in a book and was hoping to try it one day:

      "The traditional way of storing mature root vegetables is to arrange them in layers in silver sand.
      Then cover them completely and store in a cool, dark place and they will keep for months, retaining good flavor and texture."
      ~ Stephanie Donaldson, Country Store

      Perhaps an under the bed box or 5 gallon bucket or barrel would work?

      I hope this helps! I may end up adding this to my carrot post

      Have a lovely weekend! JES :)

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