Quarantine Kitchen Shopping List

After you’ve secured some hand soap, disinfection wipes and a lifelong supply of toilet paper (bravo!), you can finally feel safe when during the quarantine at home. But what are you going to eat? How can you keep the socially-distanced meals interesting? Here’s a pandemic shopping list for your pantry, fridge and freezer!

Quarantine Shopping for the Pantry (Dry Goods)

shopping for quarantine pantry -- look for shelf-stable goods
pantry — perfect for shelf-stable goods with a super long life-time

These are the items you store at room temp (which means you can keep consuming after the apocalypse):

  • Pasta & Pasta Sauce — Good idea to get spaghetti and some other smaller pasta to mix things up. Can also add use them to a soup!
  • Beans, Beans, Beans — There are so many kinds! Go for the dried version – they taste better and you can get more quantity vs. canned.
  • Root Vegetables — like (sweet) potato, rutabaga, whole winter squash, whole cabbage (fine, this one grows on the ground but can last for a long time). Even at a time like this, you can still have your whole foods (even plant-based) diet!
  • Canned Fishanchovies, tuna, salmon, sardine and other canned fish are great mains or accents (anchovy dressing, anyone?).
  • Canned Veggies/Soupscorn, peas, tomatoes, pickles and canned soup (zero work! ready-to-eat!)
  • Rice & Grainsbrown, white, arborio – rice is great and versatile. If you are having a hard time finding it, try quinoa, millet, freekeh. Oats for an easy breakfast.
  • Oil & Vinegar — you probably already have these, just double check to make sure you don’t run out.
  • Seasonings like salt, pepper, garlic, onions, ginger, chili peppers, and za’atar if you are a foodie.
  • Beverages like coffee, tea, shelf-stable milk — you don’t want to go through a caffeine withdrawal while you’re stuck at home!
  • Baking Basics like flour, sugar — because now is the time to experiment with your inner pastry chef.
  • Nuts if you are not allergic — full of nutrients and if you’re feeling creative you can make nut butter and dairy-free milk.
  • Snacks — There’s always trail mix and chips, but you might have some time on your hands, so consider DIY ingredients to make your own spiced popcorns (listed above ;P ).

Quarantine Shopping for the Freezer

stock your freezer with frozen berries
berries are great at boosting your immune system — frozen for fresh!
  • Frozen Fruit like blueberries, strawberries, mango chunks, and pineapple slices. Great for breakfast, dessert or both!
  • Frozen (Mixed) Veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, or a pre-mixed blend for a stew or stir-fry.
  • Frozen Meals like a regular frozen pizza & slightly less regular meal-kit — although not the tastiest, it gets the belly filled from morning to dawn!
  • Frozen Snacks — Optional but will impact your quality of life: a pint of ice-cream or a green tea Mochi anyone?

Quarantine Shopping for the Fridge

fill your fridge with staples during quarantine
  • Eggs — so versatile, can be added to dishes or can stand alone. However, lucky if you can get some.
  • Fresh Fruits like apples, pears, oranges, bananas — plus, you can always freeze them for later.
  • Leafy Greens like lettuce, bok choy, Swiss chard, kale stays fresh longer in the fridge if rinsed and wrapped in a towel.
  • Dairy like milk, cheese, and yogurt and their plant-based cousins.

Now that you’ve bought everything on the list you are ready for a Quarantine Kitchen adventure! Just kidding. There’s enough here to feed a small army. That said, you may be home for a while, so don’t skimp too much. Wishing you luck with your shopping!

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