With the Coronavirus making headlines in the news and March Break around the corner, it may not be time for panic but more so a social courtesy to start filling up your pantry with some essential food items. Here are our top five picks to always have on hand:
1/ Canned Goods – A no brainer, start with canned legumes and beans for bulking out salads, stews, curries and sauces. Our favourites are Eden’s Organic, free from x and packaged in water. Canned or jarred tuna in olive oil will bring Italian flare as well as pack flavour into salads and home cooked tomato sauce.
SHM PICK: Eden’s Organic Canned Beans, assorted varieties.
2/ Passata or Crushed Tomatoes – A core ingredient of any great tomato sauce, tomato soup, or curry (hello Chickpea Butter Chicken?). Think of dishes like Minestrone soup, Spag Bol and more to utilize all of the above dried goods. Chunky or smooth, the choice is yours, but we recommend a selection of cans, jars and pastes to keep you nimble in your tomato options.
SHM PICK: Mutti’s Tomato Paste $8.99, Summerhill’s Own Tomato Sauces $11.99 (assorted varieties)
3/ Dried Pasta – From chickpea to lentil and classic wheat, satisfy kids and everyone in between with penne, spaghetti, fusilli and now even more with our dietary and low-carb friendly plant-based options. Banza Mac’ for kids and Rigatoni for the adults? We could eat that for dinner any day of the week…
SHM PICK: Banza Chickpea Pasta (assorted varieties),
4/ Stock or Broth – Think soups! Kylie Jenner may be drinking 1 L of bone broth a day, but this pantry staple is essential for a comforting chicken noodle, pho or ramen, or on its own with a few frozen veg, garlic, lemon and honey to boost immunity. Bouillon concentrates work if you are tight on space.
5/ Rice, or Flour – GF if it’s a dietary requirement, otherwise both of these ingredients can be used in so many meals.
SHM PICK: Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Blend Flour (price),
Our in-house experts note whether you are preparing for two weeks or three days at home, it’s best to keep a supply like the above on hand at any time of year (not just for virus or flu outbreaks!) as part of keeping a well-stocked kitchen.
Come prepared and buy with a strategy. Most figures speaking on the subject note that it’s important to think of how you will actually consume this food and if it has any nutritional value. Random panic purchases won’t get you anywhere if push comes to shove and you need to lay low for a few days.
Other items to keep in mind:
Oats – Brekkie and your overnight oat addiction doesn’t have to stop
Grain Alternatives – Quinoa
Fridge – Eggs, Hard Cheese, Tofu, Carrots, Beets, Cabbage
Dry Storage – Onions, Garlic, Potatoes (stored in a cool, dry place can last up to a month)
Prepared Frozen Meals