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Welcome to A Working Pantry!

Whether you're new to A Working Pantry or just want to know a little about the author of this blog, this is the place to start.

My grandmother was a preserver, my mother was a preserver and I am a preserver.  (Actually I am more than a preserver.  I don't just preserve our food, I also hunt down bargains, barter, swap and glean in order to keep my pantry well-stocked.)

I grew up in a household where we grew huge gardens every year and canned, froze and raised most all of our food. I remember as a child eating in season from the garden and working long hours preserving food for the winter months that would last until it was time for gardening season again.

I remember milking cows, making butter and gathering eggs.

I remember butchering days too, chickens, rabbits, turkeys, pigs, cows, this was how we got our meats.

That was how my parents kept our family fed and yes, it was a lot of work sprinkled with a lot of satisfaction.

Today, we don't do the butchering or milking cows, but I do have that same mindset of 'putting by for the winter and for hard times.'  While our efforts may look different from what my parents did, the outcome is the same, a well-stocked pantry.

Over time I learned that knowing how to build and keep a well-stocked pantry was a skill others wanted to learn so I decided it was time to start passing on those skills. 

I hope your visit here is profitable and that you'll come back often!

Thanks for stopping by ...


  1. So glad to find a church member's blog! I look forward to browsing through your posts!

  2. I am in desperate need of help with using an All American pressure canner. Do you know of anyone who could help troubleshoot why the canner isn't putting forth a full, steady column of steam for 10 minutes and also leaking issues around the metal to metal seal.

    1. Leah, I don't have an All American pressure canner but I'll post the question to my readers to see if any of them have any ideas. So sorry you are having these issues. It can be so frustrating when our canners don't work right!

  3. Love your blog Patsy. I am wondering if you are on "bloglovin"? As I would like to add you to my list of blogs to read. I find no spot on your blog to join bloglovin under your blog name.

    1. LaurieS, thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. I've heard of 'bloglovin' but that's about all. I don't know anything about it. I'm sorry, I'll do some research and see what I can learn.

    2. Go to your bloglovin reader page. Type https://aworkingpantry.blogspot.com in the search bar. When a working pantry comes up click on follow and it should appear in your reader. Hope that helps Laurie.

  4. I'm excited to read this blog and see where I need to improve.