To be honest I’ve not paid much attention to the Covid-19 numbers very much for quite some time. Yesterday though, the numbers caught my attention:
My initial reaction was shock. But my thoughts quickly came back to food and preparing the pantry for the next lock down. I’m using this blog to maintain my personal pandemic pantry list and it is not intended to be THE LIST to follow. (At least I won’t forget where I put my pantry list.) IMO there are several reasons to keep your pantry well stocked:
- government mandated lock downs.
- self-imposed periods of sheltering in place either from direct exposure to an infected individual, becoming infected or living with an infected person, rampant uncontrolled viral spread in your community and/or social unrest.
- Panic buying/hoarding.
- Supply chain disruptions due to Covid-19 outbreaks at various points in the supply chain and/or panic buying behavior.
We just survived the worst ice storm imaginable and several days without electricity teaches you a thing or two. So I’ve started a list of non-food pantry items which over time will consist of stuff you need to have around when the lights go out. My shopping the past several months included picking up one of this and one of that to build up and back up the pantry. So here’s what the Pandemic Pantry looks like today with the supply on hand in parenthesis. Zero = no backup.
Pandemic Pantry Items – Last Updated 11.08.20
- Mayo (1) Mustard (0) Salsa (1) Ketchup (0)
- Pickles (1)
- Canned tomatoes in 14.5 and 28 ounce cans. Diced, crushed, diced with green chilies and stewed (8)
- Extra virgin olive oil (1)
- Brown and white sugar (0 and 1)
- Bay leaves, dried oregano, basil, and parsley (0)
- Onion and garlic powders
- Salt (1) and black pepper (0)
- Baking powder, baking soda, corn starch (0)
- Parmesan cheese (1)
- Bread crumbs (plain, Panko, seasoned) (1)
- Dried pastas (10 lbs)
- Dried beans such as brown and green lentils, pinto, black, adzuki, mayocabo, yellow and green split peas, black eye peas and cranberry (5 lbs)
- Canned beans such as garbanzos, black, black eye peas, pinto, great northern, navy (10)
- Broth, vegetable, beef, chicken (3)
- Rice – multiple varieties like basmati, brown, Texmati, arborio and plain long grain white (6 lbs)
- Flour and corn tortillas (0)
- Wheat germ (1)
- COFFEE ground (0) — K-cups (50ish)
- COFFEE FILTERS (0) — I suggest owning a single cup drip cone.
- Tea (120 tea bags all green decaf plus a few normal ones for me)
- Nuts (1)
- All purpose and whole wheat flours (or alternative flours if you’re into that sort of thing)
- Canned tuna (6)
- Canned green chilies (1)
- Oats (0)
- Cornmeal (0)
- Dried fruits (1)
- Whole grain and fruit/nut bars (20ish)
- Dry cereals and granola (0)
- Crackers (3)
- Vinegar (red wine, white wine,Balsamic, white Balsamic, apple cider, etc.) (1)
- Oil (besides EVO, vegetable, avocado, corn, etc.) (3)
- Peanut butter (2)
- Jelly and/or fruit spread (1)
- Glenmorangie 10 and 14 Single Malt Scotch (2)
Non-food Items – Paper
- Paper towels (66 double rolls)
- Toilet paper (56 double and MEGA rolls)
- Tissues (16)
- Napkins (2 small, 2 large packs)
Hopefully you’ll find this list useful. Personally while updating the list I’ve thought of items to add to this list and to my shopping list. Stay safe, stay well.