COVID-19 is starting to wane slowly, but this does not mean you can put your guard down. Know what to stockpile to keep your family ready, just in case another outbreak occurs.
- Personal hygiene basics
Keep a month’s worth of personal hygiene basics like toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, antiperspirant and feminine products. If you have a baby, make sure you pick up extra diapers and wipes, too.
- Vinegar and baking soda
In case you run out of cleaning supplies, you can turn to vinegar and baking soda to keep the germs at bay.
Staying at home for a prolonged period of time does a number on mental health. Candy can help in this regard. Stockpile your favorite treats for that oxytocin boost just when you need it.
- Dried fruit
Fresh fruit is nice but they can spoil quickly. Stock up on dried fruit and they will last a lot longer. Make sure you store them properly to maximize its shelf-life.
- Soups and broth
If you become sick, cooking may not be an option. A few cans or boxes of soups and broths can help feed you and your family with very little effort.
- Pet food and medications
Of course, family includes your pets. Remember to get their food and medications so your pets are always happy and healthy.
Applesauce is an awesome substitute ingredient. You can use it in place of oil in baked goods, mixed in oatmeal for flavor, or even eaten straight out with a spoon!
- Sugar, salt and pepper
These basics can improve the taste of your food. You can keep them in your pantry for a long time and there will be no change in flavor or quality.
When frozen, meat can keep in your pantry for months. Stock up when there is a sale to get the best prices. Eat the older ones, too, and rotate your stash frequently.
- Canned tuna
Another great source of protein, canned tuna is a convenient way to get nutrition inside your body. It is shelf-stable and flexible, too. Apart from tuna salad, you can add it to casseroles, pasta dishes, and bakes.