Small Pantry

Take The Pantry Challenge!

By Melissa Tosetti

We challenge you to find out how long you can eat using only the items already in your refrigerator, freezer and pantry (outside of purchasing fresh milk, eggs and produce).

Often, we get into the mode that a well-stocked pantry needs to be static. Everything in your pantry should be consumed within three months. That is money sitting on your shelves!

An added benefit of the pantry challenge is that it forces you to get creative. You’ll look at canned soup and dried pasta a little differently as you figure out how to make a meal from what you have on hand.

Over the years I’ve received a lot of feedback from readers who have come up with new family favorites based on the need to get imaginative while taking on The Pantry Challenge.

The longest any Savvy Life reader has gone without having to buy groceries (outside of milk, eggs and fresh produce) was three months! Let me know how your Pantry Challenge goes by sending an email to me at Melissa@TheSavvyLife.com.

Note: This challenge does not include the food in your emergency kit. You should always have enough non-perishable food and water set aside to sustain you for 3 – 7 days. Keep your emergency food and water supply in a waterproof bin along with your other emergency items.