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
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!