The quarantine period doesn’t look like it will be ending anytime soon. If you’ve been organizing your pantry and stocking it up regularly, you’re off to a great start to creating a pantry that will serve you well during a quarantine period.
You might already have a standard grocery list of items that you regularly buy. However, with stricter quarantine protocols looming every month, is your kitchen ready to handle it? Have a stock of these food ingredient essentials in your kitchen so you’re prepared should the quarantine be extended in your area.
It can’t be said enough how important water is. While you can drink the water from your faucet, it’s not the safest to consume. That’s why stocking up on water, at least 1 gallon or 4 liters a day per person in your household, is the safest and best way of keeping hydrated during the quarantine period.
2 Dry goods
“Dry goods” is the general term for anything, including food, that is shelf-stable. For food, this means rice, flour, dried pasta, dried beans, powdered milk, oatmeal, oil, sugar, and other food that you may normally store in the cabinets of your kitchen. This also includes processed and canned food that are not frozen or refrigerated and yes, even instant noodles, cereal, and hard biscuits. This also includes any food that doesn’t expire.
These are fantastic to store in bulk because these are generally stored at room temperature. Unless these are stored improperly or the packaging is compromised where mold, insects, or moisture makes the food unsafe to consume, these will last long periods of time without the need for refrigeration. Once opened, however, these are best stored according to the package directions.
3 Seasonings, dried spices, and herbs
This may be a surprising inclusion to an emergency list but unless you can survive on bland and unappetizing food, salt, pepper, chili powder, dried basil leaves, and other such seasonings and flavorings will not only help your food be delicious but also make your dishes not taste the same at every meal. This list also includes your favorite soy sauce, vinegar, patis, dried stock in cubes or granules, and sesame oil, too.
4 Peanut butter
Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, the peanut butter is the spread to stock up on. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and nutrients as well as being delicious. If you need convincing, peanuts in the form of peanut butter have been used for years in preventing malnutrition in many developing countries. It’s a hearty spread that doesn’t require prolonged refrigeration while keeping you full and satisfied. You can even make it at home to avoid any preservatives and control the amount of any particular ingredient (aka sugar and salt) is in your spread.
The quarantine is forcing everyone to make change their lifestyle and even change their eating habits. You’ll need to take stock of your ingredients and maintain it. By adapting, you will not only be a better cook, but also provide for you and your family better.
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