The Prepared Pantry: A List for Eating Well With Humble Ingredients

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Social distancing and quarantines don't mean you have to live on canned soup alone.

Many of us have practice in stocking up for storms and such, but the pandemic pantry is a slightly different animal. Hurricane shopping, for instance, has people buying "hedonic products" to weather the storm – like cookies, chips, and alcohol, along with the bottled water and batteries.

But stocking up in the face of a lockdown varies a bit. We expect to have power and gas, so cooking and food storage shouldn't be a problem. That said, in preparation for a pandemic the government recommends having a two-week supply of food on hand. Which makes many people think: Canned soup, rice and beans, pasta, and 46 cases of granola bars.

With this in mind, we took a look through our archives, and as it turns out, our food section is basically like Little House on the Prairie meets Pinterest – which is to say, pretty pandemic friendly. In terms of delicious basics, we've got this covered. Here's a start; we will keep adding as we find more.


glass jars of dried beans
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Canned tomatoes

open jar of canned tomatoes and hand with wooden spoon
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Frozen foods


ceramic white bowls of different grains and lentils
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Miscellaneous staples

hands cut up carrot on wooden board
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cut up potatoes on a wooden cutting board
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Roasted vegetables

Sauces + extra


white bowl with hands holding bowl of soup
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Winter squash

To be continued...