2 is 1, 1 is none, permanent pantry

PantrySo you have a stocked pantry. You are all set for whatever scenario may happen to you and your family. Now what? If you are unable to get to the store to restock your pantry for whatever reason, what do you do next? It could be because of a job loss and you can’t afford to go buy what you use. It could be because the store isn’t there. It could be for any number of reasons. Wouldn’t you like to have a plan B, or a plan C?

Many people with a preparedness mindset or general planning have heard picture courtesy of stormdrane.blogspot.comthe phrase “2 is 1, 1 is none”.  If you have never heard this before it simply means that your plan A could fail and you should have a plan B. Here is a simple for instance. You are out hiking, and your shoelace breaks. You are 2 miles away from your car, and walking in the terrain would surely give blisters and possibly other damage like a twisted ankle. Do you have a plan B? What if you wear a paracord bracelet or you carry a bit in your pack. You unwind it and now have instant shoe lace. If you only had 1 option for a lace your walk back to the car would be a walk to remember. 2 is 1, 1 is none.

imagesJANC3764Here is another example that is more relevant to today. A friend recently posted that her furnace went out; it was 18 degrees at night and the repairman wouldn’t be able to fix it for at least another day. What do you do? Luckily she had a gas fireplace. But having a propane take and a Heat Buddy or other propane powered heat source could be the difference in hotel stay and staying in your own home.  Here the 2 options to have heat available vs. only one.

Permaculture could be your plan B or even C. Live as normal is your Plan A, Plan B is the stocked pantry and plan C is your food forest. It doesn’t even have to be plan C. It can be a way to save money, eat better, or become more independent.


My wife will occasionally make fun, but more in a positive way. That I add an additional layer of security in that I add to the slogan, “2 is 1, 1 is none, and 3 is for redundancy”. Because, sometimes it comes down to that third option. Better to have it, and not need it, than need it and not have it.

Over at Midwest Sustainable I wrote an article about how having a permaculture pantry is equivalent to having a permanent pantry. Check it out and see how you can start your own permanent pantry and have a backup plan.


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