Here you will find some of the best foods to stockpile on for possible quarantine or any other emergency. You will also be able to download a free PDF Food Shopping Guide and Other Essentials Checklist as well as 15 Easy Freezer Meals.
Now that the Coronavirus has reached us here in the United States, everything that just a few weeks ago seemed far away, seems more real and uncertain for a lot of us.
With schools closing, people being sent home from work, restaurants closing or no longer offering a “dine in” experience, limitations on how many people can gather in a group, economic instability, etc…it’s all becoming very real.
And if you have been watching and keeping up with the ever changing news everyday about this pandemic, it has become abundantly clear that some form of preparation is in order.
And although I am not one to freak out or an alarmist in any way, I’m definitely a realist and do believe in being prepared.
That means that we must accept the real possibility that a potential for quarantine whether at the community, local, or state level is a very real possibility and inherently we must be prepared.
But through these uncertain times we are living, one thing is certain and that is, we all must still eat.
That is why I am writing this post to help guide you through a list of foods that will help carry you through these uncertain times. Consider what you may need to get through a 6-8 week stay at home.
Please keep in mind, this post is not meant to cause any extra alarm or hysteria but more so to offer a helping hand and offer some help in bringing some form of peace of mind. When we are prepared, we can think clearer, we can pay attention to other areas in our lives that require our attention, we can live. Because remember just as all things come and go, so shall this.
So lets prepare, we are all in this TOGETHER.
Note: Please keep in mind to use judgement, this is just a guide and you surely will not need all things on this list. I have included all things food as well as household items and possible medications. So for example, you may not need diabetes supplies!
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For the Pantry
Lets begin with two key food items that are a must for any pantry.
Dried or Canned Beans: Legumes and beans last a long time, inexpensive and pack a lot of protein and fiber which makes you feel full.
They’re also highly versatile and could be used in many dishes such as salads, chilis, soups, stews, tacos, dips and quesadillas.
Rice (White and/or Brown): Inexpensive and keep bellies full. Great as a side dish or even as a main meal.
Other Pantry Foods
- Canned tomatoes and paste
- Canned or jarred fruits
- Canned veggies
- Pancake/waffle mix
- Baking Ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, packaged yeast, sugar, etc)
- Snacks (such as dried fruits, rice cakes, crackers, popcorn, pretzels, chips)
- Corn tortillas and or flour wraps
- Powdered milk and creamer
- Canned fish (tuna, salmon, sardines can be used in salads, croquettes or even topped on crackers) *versatile*
- Canned soups
- Cooking oil
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For the Freezer
- Frozen vegetables (peppers, onions, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, zucchini, spinach, kale, etc)
- Frozen fruit (good for smoothies)
- Frozen bread
- Shredded cheese
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- Cabbage (is GOLD because it last forever in the fridge)
TIP: Avoid watery and leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce. These have a short shelf life and will spoil quickly.
- Milk and creamer (both are freezable but take up a lot of freezer space)
- Butter (freezable)
- Sour cream
- Cream cheese
- Eggs (eggs are gold as they will last and can be used in many ways and dishes)
- Shredded cheese (you can freeze too, best to buy shredded cheese as some block cheese will change form once frozen)
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Chicken and beef bouillon (avoid beef and chicken broth in cartons as they take up space in fridge once opened if you didn’t use it all)
- Cayenne pepper
- Soy sauce
- White or Cider vinegar
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
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- Ground beef, chicken, turkey or pork (or a few packs of each)
- Chicken breasts
- Pork chops/boneless pork ribs
- Chuck beef
- Breakfast sausage/bacon
Baby and Toddlers
- Extra formula
- Extra diapers and wipes
- Snacks and juices
We can’t forget about our other family members!
- Buy extra bags of dog food, cat food, bird food, etc
- Laundry detergent
- Dish soap
- Hand soap
- Bar soap
- Wipes and sanitizer
- Disinfectant spray
- Bar soap or body wash
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Feminine products
- Creams, powder and other skincare
- Hair products
- Toothpaste, toothbrushes
- Toilet paper
- Over the counter medicines
- Prescription medicines
- First Aid supplies
- Diabetes medication and supplies
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Any other supplies and medicines
I hope this list was helpful for you. Let me know how you are preparing with your family in the comments below.
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