20 Issues That Are Really Price Stockpiling
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The coronavirus pandemic may be easing in the US, but the new Omicron variant is a reminder that the truth is, nobody knows how long this pandemic could drag on – or when the next one might strike.
While it’s good to be prepared, you need to know what it’s worth to stockpile in case you get quarantined or just need to spend more time at home. Adding something to a year’s supply just to spoil in a few weeks would be a waste of money.
Below are some of the best options if you want to add to your stash.
1. Cleaning agents
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It’s always good to have extra cleaning supplies on hand. For a list of those to have on hand, especially during this coronavirus outbreak, see “5 Cleaning Products You Should Use”.
Just note that bleach is an exception: you shouldn’t store more than you could use in the next six months. We have reported that bleach lasts about six months and then its disinfecting effect begins to wear off.
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Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol is the second best way to clean your hands of germs when you don’t have access to soap and water. So keep a few extra bars of soap in your pantry.
3. Peanut butter
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Peanut butter is a great storage stable source of protein, especially for vegetarians and vegans. There are many ways to use it in both sweet and savory dishes. And for a quick lunch, it goes great with some jelly or honey in a sandwich.
If you run out of peanut butter but have peanuts on hand, you can easily make your own peanut butter. We have a recipe in “10 Basic Foods That Are Easy and Cheap to Make It Yourself”.
4. White rice
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When properly stored, white rice can last for decades. It is best to store uncooked white rice in a sealed, air-free container and at a temperature of 40 degrees or less.
Rice is also a helpful ingredient to have on hand when planning and preparing meals in advance. It is one of several foods in this article that I mention in How to Prepare Meals for a 14-Day Quarantine.
5. Prescription Drugs
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people who are at increased risk of serious illness if they contract the coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, an additional supply of prescription drugs – sufficient for at least 30 days Hand. If an outbreak occurs in your community, you may not be able to leave the house for more medication.
Even if you are not concerned about the current pandemic but are dependent on a prescription drug, it may be advisable to keep an extra supply on hand for emergencies.
6. Dried beans and lentils
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Legumes are another food that has a long shelf life. Dried beans and lentils can be kept for years in a cool, dry place. All you need to know is that as you age, it can take longer to cook.
And don’t worry – it is possible to avoid or decrease the intestinal gas that you might experience after consuming beans. See “Beans 101: A Guide to Enjoying the Stacked Pile.”
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If you plan on staying home for a while, save some of your favorite goodies. As a bonus, anything made primarily of sugar “never really goes off” if kept dry, says Kantha Shelke, food scientist and director of Corvus Blue, a food science and research company.
“A Jolly Rancher’s packaging goes bad before the candy,” Shelke told Cooking Light.
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Dried noodles are very stable in storage and can be kept for decades without any loss of quality, says Shelke. The food scientist tells Cooking Light that she tried some noodles found in an Egyptian pyramid and found that there was no loss of quality. Get a few different varieties so you can make your favorite dishes.
9. Basic medical care
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When you get sick or easily injured, it is a good idea to have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies on hand. This includes things like tissues, bandages, saline solution, and fever reducers to keep you comfortable. Just keep an eye on the expiration date and rotate your supply by using up the oldest items first.
If you belong to a high-risk group, be aware that as with prescriptions, the CDC recommends having nonprescription drugs on hand for at least 30 days.
10. Frozen fruits and vegetables
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Frozen fruits and vegetables are a great alternative to fresh and last much longer. As quality degrades over time, don’t forget to change your supplies and use the oldest frozen fruits and vegetables first.
However, not all products are freezer friendly. We cite some examples in “9 foods that don’t belong in your freezer”.
11. Canned tuna
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Canned tuna has a long shelf life and is an easy way to add protein to your diet. Go beyond simple tuna salad and use it in casseroles, pasta dishes, and casseroles.
12. Long lasting fruits and vegetables
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According to prevention, certain types of fruit and vegetables have a longer shelf life than others – if stored correctly for months. The next time you go shopping, stock up on apples, carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, beets, and cabbage.
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While meat can only last a few days or so in the refrigerator, it can last months if frozen.
14. Basics of personal hygiene
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It’s always good to have at least an extra month’s supply of personal care basics like toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, antiperspirant, and women’s products. When you have a baby, you should cover yourself with diapers and wet wipes.
15. Sugar, salt and pepper
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You can improve the taste of many foods by adding sugar, salt, or pepper. They are stable in storage and can last a long time if stored correctly.
16. Soups and broths
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If you feel bad, you may not feel like cooking. A few canned or carton soups and broths can help you get through a difficult phase. Look for low-sodium versions to cut down on salt.
17. Pet food and medicines
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Don’t forget your furry friends. Get extra food and medication for your pets to keep your companions happy, healthy, and full.
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Applesauce can be great to have on hand. It’s very versatile and can be used in baked goods instead of oil, mixed into oatmeal, or even eaten straight with a spoon. Look for brands that haven’t added sugar.
19. Dried fruits
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Fresh fruit can spoil quickly, but dried fruit can keep much longer because it has been deprived of moisture. Store it properly – follow the instructions on the label – and enjoy it in baked goods, in your muesli or oatmeal, or as a healthy snack.
20. Vinegar and baking soda
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Vinegar and baking soda are two of the most versatile pantry items. In addition to their use in cooking, they can do double duty of helping you clean your home.
You can find proof of their versatility at:
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