With health officials advising social distancing to help slow the spread of Covid-19 and schools and offices closing for the next few weeks, having a well-stocked pantry and a plan for how to use it is a must. Here are our suggestions for what to stock and what to cook for the next few weeks.
The list below covers a lot of ground, but isn’t exhaustive. Don’t feel like you need to stock up on everything. If your family doesn’t ever really eat yogurt or frozen shrimp, no need to stock those items. Double up on the items that you DO eat regularly so you know you’ll have good food choices for the coming days and weeks.
Remember that you need to account for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plan your shopping list and recipes accordingly!
Long-Lasting Fresh Foods
These items should keep for at least two weeks or more in your fridge or pantry. Also, remember that you can buy many fresh foods and freeze them for later, like berries and many vegetables, or turn them into freezer foods, like freezer burritos and casseroles.
- Milk (check the expiration dates; now is the time to buy UHT milks and dairy)
- Cheese (also freezes well!)
- Butter (also freezes well!)
- Bread (also freezes well!)
- Potatoes and sweet potatoes
- Hearty greens, like kale, collards, and spinach
- Hard squashes, like acorn squash, spaghetti squash, and butternut squash
Dry Pantry Items
- Canned beans and dried beans
- Chicken stock
- Canned tuna and other canned fish
- Pasta and rice noodles
- Rice and other dry grains
- Canned and jarred vegetables, including diced tomatoes
- Canned and jarred fruit
- Dried fruits
- Jarred tomato sauce
- Cans of soup
- Peanut butter and other nut butters
- Olive oil and other cooking oil