I have gone through many things in life but never thought I would be self isolating for so long. We live in Ontario Canada and are now on week four of staying at home. I have had a two week list that I prepared for myself at the beginning of this self isolation but now we are moving on to week five and I had to adjust the list and create a new one based on what I used/needed most last month. I wanted to share this list with you as it might be helpful for you. I will have a free printable at the end of this post.
For those of you that do not know what I am talking about it is COVID 19 and most of the world at this time is suppose to stay at home and only go out for essentials when needed. I was going out once every two weeks but now with meat processing plants shutting down I wanted to have enough meat to last me at least a month. If you do not know what Pandemic means its definition is “an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents or worldwide, affecting a substantial number of people”.(wikipedia)
I also want to clarify that this list is an Emergency list but it is not for No Power/No Water emergency list. This list is for now when we have those things and can store our food properly.
Water (we have an RO System so I don’t buy water on regular basis but like to have around 3-4 cases in case for anything that we might need it for)
Coffee / Tea (we ground our own coffee beans and for a month supply I like to have about 4 big bags of beans)
Sweetener that you use (I like to have a bag of brown and white sugar, bag of monk fruit, stevia and a jar of honey and maple syrup)
Bagged beans (go a lot further than canned)
Canned tomatoes ( I buy a case from Costco )
Bottled tomatoes (sauce kind that has just tomatoes)
Steel Cut Oats
Rolled Oats (I like these for baking and granola)
22lb AP flour
Any other specialty four that you may need
Pancake mix (I use Kodiak and buy 2 boxes)
Cereal ( I buy one big box we are not big on cereal)
Broth ( I buy a case. I use a lot of broth and usually use my own but in case I run out I like to have back up)
Pasta (I buy the 6packs from Costco)
Semolina (to make my own pasta)
Bag of Rice ( I buy a big bag it lasts me for a lot longer than a month)
Big bag of Potatoes
Big Bag of Onions (I buy red and white)
Garlic (I like to get fresh but you can also get jarred)
Box of Salt
Any other type of seasoning that you use on regular basis
Vinegar (cooking, cleaning, salads)
FRIDGE / FREEZER
Frozen fruit and vegetables
I like to have enough meat in the freezer to last me a month (ground pork, turkey, beef, steaks, pork loin, pork tenderloin, whole chickens, chicken breasts, fish, whole turkey halved, soup bones, Beef for roasts and stews etc)
Bag of French fries
Box of chicken strips
Sausages and Hamburgers (we make our own sausages so I have them in the freezer and I also make Hamburgers myself so I need to have ground meat on hand)
Eggs (I buy couple flats, they keep long in the fridge)
Fruit (properly stored can keep in a fridge for a while. We usually eat fruit that will go bad faster first and than save apples for later)
Vegetables (same way as fruit)
Paper Towel ( I typically don’t use it but I have a new puppy and don’t want to wash poopie rags)
This list is good for a month for most things. Fresh fruit and veggies as well as any dairy I buy won’t last me a month. I did not include yogurt and milk or cheese however I do buy them when I go and just try to find the longest expiry date and if it is could of weeks away I will buy a few especially milk and yogurt, the cheese lasts a lot longer if properly stored.
Let me know in the comments if you would like to see how I store all my food for longer shelf life. There are a few things I use and follow for proper food storage.
Hope this was helpful and I think I covered and included everything but if you have something that you think I should add to my list let me know.
If you would like to see how I equip my purse for the safest grocery shopping check out my What’s In My Bag video
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My name is Sonja and I am so happy you have made it to my blog. I am a wife and a mother to two beautiful children. I have been wanting to share my life with you guys for some time and finally decided to do it through a blog. I love sharing tips on planning, cooking, crafting, home organization and home decor, health and fitness, travel and more. I hope that you will enjoy my blog and join me on my journeys.