Thursday, February 27, 2020

Pandemic Pantry ~ Kitchen Necessities

With all the news about the Coronavirus, I thought I'd write a series of posts on how to best prepare for what may come our way. In yesterday's post, we discussed what we should squirrel away in our medicine cabinets.

Let's tackle the kitchen cupboards today!

What might we need if we are quarantined at home for 30 days?

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables - It is great to have a supply of fresh fruits and vegetables but these may not readily be available to purchase.  Gardens do take time to grow.  It may be a good idea to look into buying a few vegetable plants that are already mature.  Many can be planted in containers and kept in a small sunny spaces.

Frozen Fruits & Vegetables - I try to keep a few packages of these in my freezer but you can't always really rely on having electricity in times of distress.

Canned Fruits & Vegetables - These are a great alternative to fresh produce.  Whether you are ill or healthy, you will want to include some kind of fruits and vegetables in your diet.  They will provide vitamins, minerals, protein, iron and fiber that will help your body recover from illness and/or stay healthy.

Fresh/Frozen Fish & Meat - It is great if you can stock up on meat in your freezer but as I stated earlier, you can't rely completely on having electricity.

Dried/Canned Fish & Meat - jerky, tuna, chicken, beef, spam, corned beef

Fresh Dairy - while available -  milk, butter, cream, yogurts, cheese

Dairy Alternatives - shelf stable milks (including soy/almond) and creamers

Legumes - beans, lentils, peas, and peanuts.  Legumes will add protein, vitamins, and fiber to your diet and fill you up!

Starches - rice, couscous, instant potatoes, pasta, breads, crackers, tortillas etc

Staples - salt, pepper, herbs, spices, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cornmeal

Oils & Vinegar

Ready Made Meals - canned chili, canned stews, canned soups

Canned/Jar Sauces - spaghetti, tomato, cream, gravies

Peanut Butter

Honey & Jelly

Cereals - hot & cold

Mixes - cake, cookie, Bisquick, pancake, waffle

Beverages - COFFEE!!, tea, bottled water, hydrating drinks (gatorade), fruit juices, vitamin water, soda pop

Speaking of coffee, I need another cup.  I know there is more to add to this list but for the life of me, I can't think of them at the moment. If you'd like to add to my pandemic pantry kitchen cupboard, please let me know what else you would include!

**It is good to check expiration dates on foods. Most state sell by or best by. Personally, I would consider eating/drinking food past their date depending on if they pass the smell test and don't look moldy etc. Do not eat food from bulging cans.

Tomorrow, my post will be on the Pandemic (Household) Pantry.

Sharing again - I found an excellent source of up-to-date information on the Coronavirus that is easy to understand.  The YouTube channel is by Dr John Campbell. Dr Campbell is a clinical nurse, medical teacher, and author from Northern England who is posting daily updates and information via YouTube. I have found these videos so informative and interesting!


  1. This is something I need to print out and keep on my pantry door, Gina - it's a great list for all the 'essentials' to keep stocked up on. I live in 'earthquake country', so this is essential for disasters, too. Thank you for putting it together for us! xo Karen (P.S. so sorry I have not been visiting lately - it's been one thing and another going on here and hopefully now I can get back to my routines.) Always thinking of you, dear friend. Sending hugs xo Karen

    1. Dear Karen, I grew up in Northern California and I remember preparing for the "BIG" one. It is wise to have a stockpile for any disaster! No apologies needed! xoxo

  2. Hi Gina~

    Great information! I usually keep at least a year supply of essentials, but I need to take inventory to make sure that things have not expired, and that I have plenty of the basics. I have read that we need at least a 3 week supply to get through...just in case. I am off to Sam's club in the morning to pick up things I might need. I think we would all be smart to prepare for the worst case scenario, again, just in case

    Be safe, and wash your hands!

    Hugs and Love,

    1. Barb, a year supply is wonderful! You have me beat!! Let us know how your Sam's Club visit goes. Stores here have been crazy busy! ♥

  3. Super list of essentials for daily living as well. You might want to add cereal and crackers to your list. Have a fabulous Friday!

    1. Thanks, Robin. Crackers I had under Starches but I forgot about cereal. I'll add it now. :-)

  4. I am going to say that you covered it pretty good, I am lucky I don't care for coffee but I know my hubby would say that is an important thing to have on hand, LOL! We tend to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, a little frozen but mostly fresh, so that is one thing I will be getting a few more of canned.

    1. Connie, check your dates. Usually the expiration date on canned food is a year or more away. Every now and then you run into a forgotten can that is almost expired! xo

  5. Once again, Thank you Gina, I have been making my list we will be shopping Monday, I try and not go to the grocery stores on the weekend! I am pretty well stocked on canned goods, but need a few staples.
    have a blessed weekend.

    1. Sue, if I go on the weekend, it has to be really early! I am not one for crowds!! Have a lovely weekend!

  6. Thank you, Gina, for helping us be prepared!

    1. You are very welcome, Kitty! I know most people probably know all this but there might be just one that needs a little help. :-)


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