Is Your Pantry Full?


Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard,
To give the poor dog a bone:
When she came there,
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.

Old English Nursery Rhyme

It may be time to start thinking about stocking up on food again.

Economists are divided on the economy. Nothing new there. But there are a few signs that the economy may get worse this year before it gets better. Food prices may start going up again.

Based on the increase in gasoline prices the last few weeks the cost of basic necessities does appear to be rising. Some predictions have gasoline rising to $5 or more a gallon by summer. Last fall my heating and my electricity both went way up. Food seems to have been slowly rising since last summer too.

It is all so uncertain.

In uncertain times, I don’t know about you, I prefer to err on the side of having food just in case!!!!  I am going to be stocking up on some non-perishables and have food to eat if things do take a turn for the worse. The worst that can happen is I won’t need it. Then I can donate some of it to a food bank. That is not so bad.

So what am I going to stock up on? I will scour the store ads for what is on sale.

I have used up quite a bit since I showed you pictures of my pantry last summer. I need more tuna fish. I am completely out of peanut butter. I need some powdered or evaporated milk. But I will wait till I see them on sale.

And to help me make informed decisions I turned to the internet.

Following is a compilation of what I leaned.

Experts say each family should have a few food stuffs in case of an emergency like a blizzard or tornado. Then there is long term storing.

According to the best article I found these are the top ten food items you should stock up on for the long term:

  • rice
  • peanut butter
  • beans
  • canned meat
  • coffee
  • canned fruit
  • canned veggies
  • shortening (not oil)
  • flour
  • sugar

I will let you go to the website (link below) to learn why the author thinks  these are the best foods to stock up on for the long term.

This list comes from a web site I have never heard of before – Quazan. I  checked the Home and About pages and this is what I learned. “Quazen is the site for arts, hobbies, recreation, shopping, and a whole host of other topics.” Those topics cover a lot, A to Z and then some. The list of articles on the Home page is eclectic and interesting. I am going to add them to my list of Favorite sites.

According to The Learning Channel (TLC) these are the top 10 healthy and cheap foods:

  • Flank steak
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Bananas
  • Canned Tuna
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Brown rice

As you can see this list is a bit different from the previous one. Many of these items would spoil long term. So this list is definitely only for a short term emergency.

I would also encourage you to go to this web site and read what the author has to say about each of these foods. This is a slide show presentation.

Hopefully the economy will not get so bad that I don’t need these items. Then I can just cook and eat as usual.

Wouldn’t that be wonderful!!!!

What Do You Think?

I would love to hear from you on what you think will happen with the economy this year. Are you going to stock up? What items will you stock? Why? Do you agree with the listes above?

Leave your thoughts in the Comments section below.

I will compile the best of the comments and post them in a future post.

Featured Recipe    Minute Steaks with Butter Sauce

Today’s recipe is a hybrid recipe created from Betty Crocker’s Dinner For Two and Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine.

The two recipes are very similar. One difference is Martha Stewart calls for flank, sirloin, or skirt steak and Betty Crocker’s recipe calls for the less expensive beef cubed steaks. Martha’s recipe uses onions. Betty’s does not. Martha only uses butter and Worcestershire sauce for the sauce, while Betty uses those, plus lemon juice, chives, and dried mustard. Martha uses salt and pepper, and the Betty Crocker recipe seasons the beef with garlic salt. Martha Stewart also garnishes the finished dinner with chopped parsley. Betty does not use parsley.

You can tell just by the type of steak used that the Martha Stewart recipe would cost far more.

I have made both recipes and I like them both.  A lot.

I have made the Betty Crocker recipe with a small strip or sirloin steak as well as the cubed steak too. That works just as well as the beef cube steak.

What I did today was use the Betty Crocker recipe but added onions from the Martha Stewart recipe because I like onions.

Since More Thyme Than Dough was created for folks who have been hard hit by the recession and have a limited food budget I made the recipe with the less expensive beef cubed steaks.

There are endless possibilities with this recipe though. You can make this recipe as inexpensive or as expensive as you like by using  what ever kind of steak you like or want.  There are a lot of options with this recipe.

Options!! I like options!! Options are good.

This is what you will need for 2: 

Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

1 tablespoon oil

2 beef cube steaks

½ large onion sliced

Garlic salt

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce*

½ teaspoon chives

¼ teaspoon dry mustard

*NOTE: I use way more Worcestershire sauce; about 1-2 tablespoons.

Here is what you do:

Pre heat your oven to warm.

Slice the onions.

Season the steaks with garlic salt.

Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat.

Add the steaks.

Cook steaks over medium high heat until brown, about 3-4 minutes each side. Do not over cook or your steaks will become dry and tough.

When steaks are done, remove them from skillet and keep warm in the oven. Turn the oven off so the steaks will not cook.  Place steaks on  a pan and put in oven.

Drain or wipe the pan of  any excess oil.

Melt the butter in skillet.

Add the onions………………..

…………………and sauté until golden brown.

Stir in remaining ingredients and heat.

Place steaks on a plate and place the onion mixture in top. Serve with a potato, a vegetable, and a salad.

Bon Appetit!!!


1 tablespoon oil                               $0.04

2 beef cube steaks                           $3.47

½ large onion sliced                        $0.47

Garlic salt                                       $0.17

2 tablespoons butter                        $0.26

1 teaspoon lemon juice                    $0.15

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce              $0.05

½ teaspoon chives                           $0.03

¼ teaspoon dry mustard                  $0.05

Total cost = $4.69
Cost per person = $2.35

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2 comments to Is Your Pantry Full?

  • Wow, the sauce really makes the difference here. I remember minute steaks from when I was a kid…

    Regarding “stocking up,” I can remember both my grandmothers had shelves in the basement for stocking up. My father’s mother had all sorts of things, I remember mayonnaise best but possibly because it was so alien. My mother’s mother had tomatoes, which shows where her priorities lay! 🙂 Seriously, though, it never hurts to have a few basic things on hand if you have storage space for them. It’s often cheaper to buy things in bulk, and you never know what could be around the corner. It could be the Great Blizzard of 2010. It could be hard times. It could be good times – so busy at work that you don’t have time to shop or cook properly. So it’s just a good idea no matter what.

  • Melissa Creamer

    Regardless of what the economy is actually doing, I think people are scared. I’m a small business owner and sales are not good. I’m hearing similar from other small business owners. The less people spend with me, the more I have to cut back, which means I’m not able to shop as much with other small businesses, the more they have to cut back and so the downward spiral goes.

    I think it’s a great idea to keep a well stocked pantry regardless of the economy. As pointed out in this article, you never know when a disaster can strike. My father is a guardsman and he saw first hand what happens when people aren’t prepared for disaster after Sandy. You need to keep a supply of food on hand and make sure that supply can be eaten without electricity or gas.

    Thanks for the list and resources! 🙂