No one knows how long these challenging times will last. This could drag on for a while; it may be over fairly soon. And there may be new, unexpected national or global crises right around the corner. One thing we know for sure: Life is uncertain. Every home needs a stockpile of non-perishable shelf-stable emergency food items. It’s part of any sensible emergency preparedness plan. You need to stock up now. Today.
Good news! You can have all of these emergency food items delivered to your front door by Amazon or by a local grocery store in your area that offers online ordering with pick up or delivery.
What follows is a list of the essential pantry items that need to be stocked in your cupboards and pantry. You may have some of these already. It’s time to check and take inventory.
I include a few Amazon links to make sure you have the correct information to select the specific items in those categories that appeal to you.
What follows is not an exhaustive list, nor is it mandatory. This is a guideline for essentials that show up in most recipes. These are food items you will need for recipes that you will supplement with meat, poultry, and produce—as available and warranted.
I am also linking to recipes, my favorite recipe sites that may l be so helpful for you as you prepare quick, low-cost, delicious, and nutritious meals during good times and, well, more challenging times!
Beans and Legumes (dry and or canned)
- white beans
- black beans
- kidney beans
- whole coffee beans
The Protein in Rice and Beans. Rice and beans may seem like a simplistic meal without enough protein or nutrition. However, it turns out that rice and bean dishes have complete proteins, are packed with carbohydrates, protein, and nutrients you may need for a vegan diet or fitness plan, and are totally delicious.
Red Beans and Rice courtesy of Food Channel’s Robert Irvine.
The Bean Cookbook is a free download from The Bean Institute that will teach you everything you need to know about preparing and enjoying beans. Honestly, I had no idea. I’ve learned so much. Plus hundreds of really awesome recipes! FREE download.
Whole Grains and Bread
- oatmeal, steel-cut oats
How to cook rice – easily and perfectly (easy lessons with pictures!)
- tomato sauce
- tuna (white albacore)
- green beans
- pasta sauce
- coconut milk
- chicken stock
- evaporated milk
Best Instant Pot. You can order today and have it within days. If that fits within your budget, an Instant Pot will greatly simplify your meal prep and cooking going forward. There are thousands of online recipes and resources for how to get your Instant Pot turning out the best food you can imagine—easy, quick!
- all-purpose flour
- white sugar
- brown sugar
- baking soda
- baking powder
- dry milk
Condiments and Sauces
20 Asian Meals on the Table in 15 Minutes (you’re going to love these!)
- Italian seasoning
- crushed red pepper
- onion powder
- garlic powder
Oils and Vinegar
- olive oil
- cooking oil
- sesame oil
- white vinegar
- apple cider vinegar
There you go … a guide so you can move quickly to stock your cabinets and cupboards with emergency food items you will need and use. I don’t want you ending up with a bunch of food that will spoil quickly or that you will never use.
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