A quarantine grocery list is so important for use right now! Stock up for your family in 2 week/14 day increments. Lots of healthy options for your home!
Who knew that even the grocery store would become a difficult endeavor during a quarantine?
I'm due to go to the grocery store tomorrow for the first time in two weeks. I've been putting it off because a) I don't want to expose myself to the public unless absolutely necessary and b) I know it's going to be difficult to navigate the empty shelves and new rules. I'm hoping to stock our family up enough to last 2-3 weeks tomorrow. To do that, I'm using the list you see below to make sure we have the absolute necessities to get us through. With this list, I know I can put together a solid set of staples that can be used to make simple meals.
One important note: this list is supposed to be in addition to what you already have on your grocery list. I'm stocking up the items on this list on top of my normal Freezer Meals – those are ready and in the freezer for us. I'll be grabbing a lot of this stuff, as well as the few items I need for my freezer meals, in my grocery trip. This list is supposed to be a supplement to what you already need to buy, just in case you're not able to leave the house, you get sick, or grocery stores aren't stocked enough to supply meals in the coming weeks.
Another note: this list is not your permission to hoard items at the grocery store. It's a huge problem right now – I don't want to add to it with this post! I recommend buying enough of each thing to last your family 2-3 weeks. As a family of 4, I would probably be buying slightly more of each item than I normally need…but not by much. Grocery stores aren't shutting down in most places – as long as you're healthy, you'll be able to go again before you run out of this stock. This is just to ensure you'll be prepared in case of emergency.
So what do you really need during a pandemic? I'm sharing my stock up grocery list below!
A Stock Up Quarantine Grocery List
Anything you won't be using in 2-3 days can be frozen in 1lb increments. I like to pre-cook ground meats for easy last minute dinners!
- ground beef
- boneless, skinless chicken (breasts or thighs)
- ground turkey
Totally ok to mix ingredients and pre-made meals! You guys know I love homemade freezer meals, but we have pre-made frozen pizzas/convenience foods too. Nothing wrong with easy solutions sometimes!
- frozen broccoli
- frozen veggie mix
- frozen cauliflower
- frozen green beans
- frozen dessert
- frozen fish
- frozen pizzas/convenience foods
- bagged frozen fruit
- rice (brown or white)
- granola/grain bars
- chips (tortilla, potato)
- dry beans
- nuts/seeds (peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, etc.)
- baking powder/soda
- Beef Better Than Bouillon
- Chicken Better Than Bouillon
- canned soup
- canned vegetables
- canned beans
- canned tomatoes (diced, sauce)
- canned fruit
- cans/pouches fish (tuna/salmon)
- dried fruit
- peanut butter
- jarred salsa
- jarred pasta sauce (tomato/alfredo/pesto)
- (if needed) 2 week supply baby food/formula
- jarred applesauce
This is a selection of more shelf-stable produce – these items should last at least 1-2 weeks if properly stored.
- potatoes (russet/red/sweet)
- bell peppers
- olive oil
- bread (refrigerate/freeze)
- shelf-stable/powdered milk
- coffee creamer
- pain reliever
- cold medicine
- children's medications
- pet food
- paper products (napkins, toilet paper, paper towels)
You can grab a printable copy of this list by clicking here and here – this one matches my mega set of planner printables, The Year of Intent, and allows for you to add your own items in each section as needed.
Any other items you would recommend for a quarantine grocery list? Leave your suggestions in the comments!
See my other printable resources here.