In Times Like These...How Should A Pantry Look Like?


12:22 PM With the current situation, we are facing a momentum which doesn't really feel real. It's a lot and intense and day by day we realize that we are actually not prepared for a situation, human and health crisis like this! I said it before - how shall we be prepared? I am 29 years old, I have never been to war, I never experienced anything like this... I thought in times like this we would be actually safe. Period. 
Guess I was wrong. 

I already shared my fight and struggle with food and supermarkets: I have a veeeery small pantry, or let's call it a shelf in my kitchen. I can't hoard food, I have no space, and actually it's expensive to cover myself with whatver I have to provide myself with plus a little treat here and then. 
I planned some sexy meals for the next 2 weeks, but I still wander around the supermarket asking myself if I really got everything I need and if I need to buy a little more now, because soon it could get even worse here.

In the past, our government provided us citizens with a list of what to have at home at any special scenario, which I never read, studied, or cared about. After reading through it now, I felt even more confused and bought some more shit I didn't really need. 

This whole thing here is really making me anxious af and I just want to stay as calm as I can with the things that make me happy! 

Since we are facing this big threat right now, we are not safe for the future either. 
So all we can do right now during these times is studying what we have to do and how to do it in the right approach. Write it down and keep this close to you, becaue if something like this happens again, we will be much more calm, human, and understanding. 

I gathered some things below which we all should have in our households to have a good time at home, in self-quarantine, or whatever you are doing right now. We are not supposed to give up our lifestyle, so we can still eat the things we want. Be wise about the things you choose - this has a lot to do with your budget and also how long you can stock up and enjoy the most out of your product. 


 GROCERY 101s 


THE WORLD OF CANNED FOOD 


canned fruits (watch out for no added sugar)
good for breakfasts and smoothies 
peaches
pineapple
grapefruit
mandarins 

canned veggies (a great source of fiber and vitamin C) 
as a side dish, addition to soups and stews, but also baking goods
corn
carrots
peas
green beans
pumpkin
beets
chickpeas
beans (all kinds of beans - a good source of plant protein)


canned treats (especially important for kids at home) 
pasta (spaghetti, mac'n'cheese, ravioli) 
soups 
chilis 
stews 

fish (this can be inside your pantry forever!) 
tuna
salmon 
anchovies 
sardines 


REAL TALK NOW

applesauce (super snack, good for kids and grown-ups)
replace butter with applesauce in your next baking recipe!! 


grains and all that stuff
quinoa
brown rice
farro 
barley 
bulgur 
pasta (buy 2,3 boxes more, just in case

liquid love
if you happen to run out of a lot, this is also a great snack, too
chicken broth
beef broth
vegetable stock

snack time 
dried fruit
nuts 
seaweed 
seeds 
chips 
popcorn 
cracker
pretzels 
granola bars
protein bars
in my world chocolate is a big thing here, too...


when kids and babies are in the house - don't forget the baby things, formulas and anything you need to keep your child happy and healthy 


more liquid fun 
milk
water (it's recommended to have at least 14l at home for one week!)
juices 
creamers
iced teas 


frozen section 
in my world... I would cover myself with plenty of dumplings, samosas, or curly fries...
let's be more realistic with veggies like: 
peas
broccoli
cauliflower
spinach 
cubed mango
peaches
berries
pizza 
chicken breast
chicken wings
ground turkey
ground beef
ice cream!!! 


breakfast 
cereal (get a few more boxes, because being at home for a while we could use a little variety)
oatmeal
nut butters 
jam 
butter 
granola 
bread (all kind of - you can surely freeze it, too)
coffee
tea


fresh food, s'il vous plaît

apples (keep them in the fridge, so they will be fresh up to 3 weeks) 
bananas (eat them in a hurry, or make sure to freeze some for baking and later fun)
citrus fruits (all the vitamin C, please!)
eggs
cheese (cheddar or pecorino can last for a month...the harder the cheese, the longer you can keep it) 
carrots
garlic and onions
potatoes and sweet potatoes 
cabbage 


hygiene, y'all! 

hand sanitizer 
soap
multivitamins!!
Ibuprofen
children medicine 
allergy medicine 
cough medicine 
toilet paper (chilllll, please)
paper towels
wet toilet paper is fine, too... 
sanitizing wipes
dish soap 
band-aids 



Oh lord, what a long list! 
But go through it step by step. 
There might be a lot of stuff on which you might not like or you already have it in your home! 

I live by myself, so I am lucky to only care about me and cover myself with the things I want and need, but I guess people with kids and a higher responsibility have it hard these days! 
Check through the list, check what you got, and don't panic! 
We are all in this together! 

I can not promise that the people around us will finally chill and relax for a little bit, but it's up to us. We are creating the energy and spreading vibes - make sure those are good, warming, and inspiring! We don't need vibes which break us down. 

Also if you worry seeing lists like this and you actually feel anxious going out to the supermarket, do it like me, the last days I baked and cooked myself through the kitchen to create my own snacks, breakfast bread, or chicken soups which I can simply grab out of my freezer and create a moment of happiness in a second. 

Again, we will make it!
Together!

Thanks for reading along and supporting! I try to create fun content for us, too! Let's just educate each other first and then we can laugh a little again 🙃