EPISODE 321 Who could have guessed what would happen in the three weeks since I taped this show!  I have learned my lesson, I had no idea that things would progress so quickly with the coronavirus.  I apologize that I didn’t put this show out three weeks ago, but I figure the information contained in today’s episode may still help.  Be prepared!  



  • Mac and Cheese or other box pasta mixes
  • Ramen – cheapest noodles out there
  • Pasta – multiple shapes
  • Dry Cereals have a long shelf life. Also, consider hot cereals like oatmeal or grits.
  • Popcorn
  • Sliced breads freeze moderately well – and make acceptable French toast or regular toast
  • Crackers
  • Granola bars
  • Polenta (corn-based) in a shelf-stable tube – slice it and pan sauté for a wonderful starchy side dish



  • Butter freezes well for up to a year, considering buying extra
  • Eggs – can last 1-2 months safely in the fridge
  • Liquid eggs for cooking in baked goods
  • Dry milk powder or evaporated milk. (Not sweetened condensed, that’s just for baking.)
  • Shelf-stable milk and milk substitutes, only if you will drink them later or use them in cooking
  • Queso cheese sauce for flavor punches to Mexican flavored dishes
  • Shelf-stable processed cheeses are great to cook with or to make sauces.


Baked Goods

  • Mixes for muffins, cupcakes, brownies, quick breads, cornbread, etc.
  • All-Purpose Flour for those that want to bake goodies and make bread. Starter dough cultures can be kept in the fridge in case you run out of yeast.
  • Pancake mix or Bisquik
  • Cornmeal
  • Baking powder, baking soda, salt, generally used spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract)
  • Sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Chocolate chips and cocoa (if you like to cook)
  • Honey



  • Coffee and tea.
  • Canned juice (shelf space) or frozen juice concentrates (freezer space.)
  • Soda, seltzer, and tonic water are all other shelf-stable beverages.


Cooking Staples

  • Large bottle of olive and/or canola oil.
  • Soy sauce (for all that rice)
  • Assorted commonly used spices: garlic powder, onion flakes pepper, chili powder, Italian seasoning, and Old Bay, and cumin for all those beans
  • Mayonnaise, Ketchup, and Mustard – all are shelf-stable until opened, then refrigerate
  • Vinegar – apple cider and red wine are most versatile.
  • Bouillon – chicken and beef


Fruits and Vegetables

  • Dried or canned fruits
  • Frozen and canned veggies – only if you’re going to eat them later
  • Instant mashed potatoes or frozen potatoes (french fries or hash browns)
  • Pasta and pizza sauces
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Jams and Jellies
  • Buy onions now – dice and freeze in plastic bags if you plan to make hot dishes such as chili, soups, or stews
  • Garlic or garlic powder
  • Sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and capers in jars – these are nice gourmet flavor boosters.
  • Anchovy and tomato pastes add a huge savory boost to recipes and store easily on the shelf until opened, then refrigerate.


Protein Sources

  • Whole chickens – use this time to learn how to cut up a whole chicken. Or buy a variety of your favorite cut-up chicken and freeze until use. I save my chicken backs (collect 4 in a freezer bag) to make chicken and dumplings.
  • Ground beef – casseroles, burgers, Shepard’s pie, spaghetti sauce, pizza, meatloaf, and meatballs.
  • Consider any of your favorite meats and seafood after you consider what amount of freezer space you have. (Lamb, pork, beef, chicken, goat, venison, bison, fish, etc.)
  • Sausage and Bacon freeze well and provide huge flavor in multiple dishes.
  • Frozen shrimp (US if possible)
  • Canned or dried beans for soups, hummus, bean dishes like baked beans
  • Mung Beans to make sprouts – add a great crunch to sandwiches
  • Nuts and Peanut Butter
  • Canned meats like tuna, salmon, chicken, ham (Spam), beef stew, corned beef hash
  • Canned or dehydrated soups


Beyond food

  • Hand Soap
  • Dish/dishwasher detergent
  • Sponges
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Toothpaste
  • Pet food and treats
  • Medications
  • Bottled Water
  • Feminine products
  • Medications (Tylenol, Advil, cold medicine & any other daily medication)



“Be prepared!”
“I can always find some leaves if I run out of TP but I’m going to want some food!”




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