6 Ways to Supplement Your Food Pantry

| 10/25/2017 1:43:00 PM

Tags: food pantry, frugality, cost efficient food storage, Tess Pennington,

There is no better feeling than growing your own food, in my opinion. Now that it is summer, it’s the perfect time to get a garden growing. An added benefit to doing so is that you can bulk up your pantry. In turn, this will get your mind on more sufficient ways of living.


As discussed in previous articles, dehydrating foods only minimally affects the nutritional content of food and is a cost-efficient way to bulking up the food pantry. By growing your own food and dehydrating it, you are literally saving hundreds of dollars in your budget.

Here are six ways to grow food for your food pantry.

1. Herb garden – Herbs are almost foolproof and one of the easiest additions you can make to a garden. Best of all, they like a little abuse and don’t require as much water as vegetables do. As well, apartment and small home dwellers can grow these herbaceous plants and reap the rewards. Further, since they are usually small in stature, you can easily trim them and make more room in the middle of the garden for vegetables. When the herbs are ready to be harvested, get your dehydrator ready to make teas, spice blends, herbal extracts, emulsions and medicinal tonics.  

2. Vegetable garden – There is a lot of pride in knowing you grew food for your family. As well, there is nothing like the sweet rewards of tasting fresh picked vegetables. Start with the easiest seeds to grow and then consider adding a berry patch and perennial vegetables (wild leeks, sorrel, rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus) to help you make the most of your time. By growing perennials, you’ll create a more diverse garden that ultimately needs less from you.

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