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Homesteading, Food Preservation, Frugality, and Simple Living.  At Pantry Paratus, we mix it up with good old-fashioned “how-to”, food science, and recipes.

When Something Has to Change

#1 Industry Left--Food Processing

I do entirely too much research. 

It comes from the sense of empowerment this recovering control freak experiences when I learn the basics of the situation at hand, but it creates its own problems.

If I research it: now I know.  Now I am responsible for what I know.  Now I have to make a decision about what I know. If I know it, then something has to change.

Label-Free Zone

People often ask me why we started Pantry Paratus, and they ask about the driving motivations for the crazy hours and consistent requirements.  I think I give a different answer every time.  I can answer that question in no less than 10 different ways (like picking something to wear that day based upon my mood), because each day that I learn something new I gain a fresh insight as to why what I do is so crucial. 

Wilson Milking a Cow on Sally Fallon Morell's Farm

Pantry Paratus is only one small voice in a sea screaming for your attention. You have marketing thrust upon you all day long.  You have family, work, and social requirements and requests made of you all day long.  And at the end of the day, the last thing that likely appeals to you is reading about how that Plan D nastiness you sucked down during your 10 minute lunch is going to kill you because of pink slime or contamination or hydrogenated slop or whatever the Death-Of-The-Week may be.  Who wants to deal with that?

Pantry Paratus: Chaya & Wilson

And here we are, Pantry Paratus.   We know that lifestyles are getting busier, and people are getting sicker.  We know that families are every bit as important as they ever were, and family time is at a premium.  So, if you ask me today—right now—“Why do you care about what you do, why Pantry Paratus?” this is the answer I’m going to pick out of my closet:

Pantry Paratus exists because we know that something has to change.  It has to change on your plate to get your health back, it has to change on the dinner table to reclaim the antiquated notions of family connection, it has to change in the farm field to save our soil and our food sources, and we have to work together to change the next generation.

So we continue to research.  We continue to share that with you, and we will continue to provide you with the tools, equipment, and knowledge you need to make the change.  The knowledge empowers us here at Pantry Paratus, and we want to encourage and empower you as you walk beside us.  We are here to rally those concerned consumers to produce, prepare and preserve their own food supply because you understand that something needs to change.

Support what we do, so that we can continue to support you through the food habit changes you make for your life, your family, and your world.

Forever Yours,

Chaya & Wilson

Pantry Paratus

Salatin's Blessing


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Best Indoor Plants to Buy

Best Indoor Plants

If need a pick-me up, if you need to add some color and life to your living space, try some new indoor plants!  These are the best indoor plants to consider, and a plan of action to keep them alive.

Whether you plan or wish to grow ornamentals, a bee-friendly garden, or vegetables, much the same approach applies. You need to care for them and know what you’re getting and ensure that it suits the environment that you have. People who fail at growing plants, flowers or vegetables generally haven’t taken the time to understand the needs of the organism so it of course doesn’t survive!

This infographic from Capital Garden Services is a guide on what plants to choose depending on the situation you’re in. No matter why you want a plant, there’s one to suit you! After you check out the infograph below, be sure to read this article to help you take care of them well.

You can also learn how to grow food indoors here. 

Best Indoor Plants

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Feeding Pets Organically (& Deleting Corn from their Diet)

Feeding pets Organically

Although humans are eating more fresh fruits and vegetables as a part of our organic diet plan, this should also include our four-legged friends. Especially in the shadow of growing concerns and recent reports of pet poisoning from imported animal foods and treats, we need to be more conscious and aware of what we’re putting into our pet’s dishes. This is why we should all be feeding pets more organically.

Many of our companion animals can enjoy a well-balanced diet that includes more greens, fruits and vegetables as a part of their feeding regime, but corn should not among these ingredients. Which is ironic, when you consider many manufacturers of processed pet foods list corn as the first and primary ingredient used in their products.

But Why Use Corn?

The answer is simple and very straight forward, because it’s cheap. In order to meet caloric and protein requirements for production, many manufacturers use corn as a staple in their process because it’s inexpensive. Never mind the fact that this grain is often responsible for skin allergies, digestive issues and other health problems with pets, but the “big guys” are more concerned with profits than they are with the welfare of our pets.

Feeding Dogs Organically

There are so many reasons that corn isn’t healthy for animals that it’s difficult to know where to begin. Another obvious answer comes from the fact that dogs (or cats for that matter) are more carnivorous than they are herbivores. Left to their own devices in the wild, they would completely ignore corn or any of the other by products found from consuming this fattening grain.

A Healthier Orange Alternative

There’s so many natural ingredients that supply our beloved animals with plenty of benefits that something like corn simply can’t deliver and pumpkin is an excellent example. When it comes to digestion, it’s difficult to ignore the many ways this popular fall vegetable (technically it’s a fruit) offers to animals. On a personal level, I can weave you a “tail” about how pumpkin saved my dog from an expensive and unnecessary surgery due to a delicate digestive issue.

Long story short (not usually), when my dog was acting lethargic and showing signs of dehydration, I took her into the vet. I was informed by my doggie doctor that my canine had consumed some carpet fibers without my knowledge and had built up a blockage in her intestines.

Passing Pumpkin

My veterinarian initially and hesitantly recommended surgery, which paralyzed me with fear, but she offered another, safer, less-invasive alternative that my dog’s doctor wanted to try first – pumpkin. I happily agreed, along with a sense of curiosity. Low and behold, several hours later, my dog had “passed” the mass without the aid of a scalpel. For this reason, I still keep several portions of frozen pumpkin on hand for summertime treats and just in case of a gastric event that may be easily cured without traditional medication or intervention.

In this particular case, whether it was my caring vet that wasn’t looking to make a quick buck off an unnecessary surgery or an organic alternative that proved to be effective, organic fruits and vegetables have much to offer humans and their four-legged friends. Before you open a can or bag of processed pet food, think of feeding pets more fresh fruits and vegetables instead.

Feeding pets Organically

Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.

Five of the Coolest DIY Sustainability Projects

5 of the coolest DIY sustainability projects

These days it’s as important as ever to find ways to reduce and reuse, and there are several sustainability projects you can do yourself that won’t take much time or effort but will make a big impact on the Earth…in a good way. The first step is to decide what you need, then look around your house, garage, or storage space to see what items you can use to make it happen. Get creative and force yourself to think a little outside the box in order to see things in a different way.

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Is the World Going Crazy (or do we just need to can it)?

Is the world going crazy or do we just need to can it?

Just so we’re clear before we get into the thick of this article, also so we can just know each other as humans, my name is Cory Thomas and I’m what some would call a “prepper”.

Kinda feels like I just stood up at an AA meeting after I wrote that.

But what I’d like to do in this article is not incite fear and government hatred/bashing, like so many of those who paint people who like to prepare for disaster. I am a simple man with a wife, kids on the way, and a miniature Australian Shepherd. And it’s because I love my family that I’ve taken on these concerns about preparedness.

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How to Know Your Food Freedom Rights

How to Know your Food Freedom Rights

Even if living in a food freedom state that permits raw milk sales, know your rights.  Sometimes this has less to do with the law, and more to do with the personalities or preferences of people with titles and badges.

Perhaps police officers, who likely deal more with real crime, simply did not know about the food freedom laws and trust the inspectors to know it.

What would you do if inspectors or police officers question you?  Who do you call?

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