Stuck at home and trying your best to keep social distancing? Don’t worry, you don’t need to stick to canned vegetables and frozen foods. Avoiding a daily trip to the grocery store doesn’t mean you can’t eat great foods still! Preparing for extended time at home doesn’t mean you have to deny yourself fresh, delicious, and healthy foods.
There are plenty of high-quality foods you can stock up on that will last for weeks. Here’s our advice on how to choose some of the best quality items for stocking up.
Fruit and Vegetables
While it’s a good idea to stock up on some frozen fruit and vegetables, there are lots of fresh grocery staples that will last too! Save the essentials for your once a week trip, and grab some items that chill or freeze well and can be enjoyed at any time!
For example, apples are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. The good news? They’ll be ready to eat for about three weeks when fresh and kept in the fridge. And baking them into an apple crisp or apple pie just sounds amazing right?
While bananas don’t last particularly long, this fruit is great for freezing. Buy a bunch, slice them up, and freeze the pieces. They’ll make a delicious smoothie whizzed up or a tasty treat dipped in chocolate.
Citrus fruits like oranges, limes and lemons are bursting with vitamin C and help keep your immune system whirring. Plus, they can last in the fridge for up to two weeks. Use the zest and the juice to help improve the flavor of a selection of marinades and recipes.
When it comes to choosing vegetables, a bag of unpeeled carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions can be eaten for at least two weeks when kept in the fridge. As we all know, carrots are great for our skin and health. Just a one-cup serving offers nearly four grams of fiber.
Meat and Fish
Sure, meat and fish can go off easily. But don’t miss it off the food shopping list, as many items freeze well. These include chicken breast, ground beef, ground turkey, and many types of fish. Our meat depatment is stocked full of great options that can be easily frozen for delicious meals next week or the following!
Our meat can be defrosted and used as the centerpiece of a meal, or they can be whizzed into soups and chilis to bulk them up for great tastes with yummy veggies.
You can breathe a sigh of relief as there are lots of types of cheeses that can last in the fridge for weeks.
Both block and shredded cheeses will last around two weeks if you seal the packages efficiently after using them. Softer cheese such as gouda and brie will last you around two weeks and harder cheeses like cheddar and pecorino can last up to a month.
And the great thing about cheese is that you can use it on so many different things. Cheese and wine pairings are fun any time of the week!
Stocking up for an Extended Home Stay
Remember, some perishable foods last a lot longer than others. Before you choose items like eggs, bread, and butter, have a peek at the packages’ expiration date to ensure you’re not cutting it too close. And know that if you’ve forgotten something, we’re open 24/7 with low traffic numbers in store in the late evenings and mornings.
Keep this list handy when you’re stocking up for an extended homestay and you can still enjoy high-quality foods.
Ready to stock up on some high-quality and delicious produce? Here at Tacoma Boys we’re open 24/7 with plenty of fresh food ready to buy in-store.
Come and do your essential shopping with us and you’ll find everything you need for stocking up—frozen chicken breast is just $10 for a 5lb bag.
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