How to Freeze Eggs – Whole Eggs, Egg Yolks, and Egg Whites

It’s been almost exactly 2 weeks since I wrote my “Calm and Logistics Minded Approach to Preparing for The COVID-19 Pandemic“, and it’s kind of wild how quickly things snowballed since that day.

2 weeks and 4 days ago, I was doing our normal weekly grocery shopping, when I noticed that the two stores I went to were sold out of ALL garlic powder. That was my big “Well, things are REAL” moment. I immediately went to buy a ton of dry herbs and spices at Bulk Barn, then went home to craft a shopping list / plan. The next day, we followed through on that plan, and our credit cards groaned.

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Since that day, I’ve noticed a few things that I could have done better, mostly little things I could have added. A couple cans of pumpkin would have been nice, but mostly because I’m in the mood for pumpkin pancakes or waffles lately. No huge oversight, just a nicety. Rice Krispies for Rice Krispie Treat was another thing I would have added to our personal shopping list. Overall, no major complaints.

As you’ve probably seen, supplies have been coming and going in bursts, and access to some fresh supplies …. might be tenuous in the next few months. That’s probably why I’ve been getting questions about food preservation – particularly, when it comes to eggs.

SO.

The good news is YES, you can definitely freeze eggs! It’s easy, not very messy, and doesn’t involve a lot of degradation in thawing/cooking after being frozen. (Which is not the case with a lot of fruits and veggies!).Frozen eggs are good for about a year.

When it comes to freezing liquid or semi-liquid items in small quantities, usually I recommend ice cube trays. As I tend to use large eggs, that’s a really annoying option – MOST ice cube trays aren’t big enough to hold a whole egg in each individual cavity, and I can’t be arsed to separate them into weird portions.

Enter the silicone muffin tray!

I purchased THIS 3 piece set a while back, which – as it turns out – is the *perfect* size for large eggs. See crappy cell phone pic below:

How to Freeze Eggs


Perfect, eh? Just enough room for expansion, and/or accommodating slightly larger eggs!

How to Freeze Whole Eggs

How to Freeze Whole Eggs

Freezing eggs is easy and relatively mess-free, a great way to extend the life of fresh eggs.
Prep Time5 mins
Freezing Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: disaster preparation, eggs, frozen eggs, how to freeze egg yolks, how to freeze eggs, how to freeze eggs whites, how to freeze whole eggs
Author: Marie Porter

Equipment

  • Silicone Muffin Pan
  • Baking Sheets
  • Freezer Bags

Materials

  • Large Eggs

Instructions

To Freeze

  • Place silicone muffin pan(s) on baking sheets.
  • Crack an egg into a muffin pan cavity. Repeat for as many eggs as you want to freeze.
  • Carefully transfer baking sheet and muffin pan to freezer
  • Allow to freeze until frozen solid - several hours. Try not to allow it to remain in the muffin pan for too much longer after being frozen, this is not a long term storage plan!
  • Label your freezer bags. You'll want the date you froze them, the best by date (a year later), and any other information you'd like. I usually just put "whole raw eggs", lest I forget they weren't cooked. (Hahaha - I don't freeze cooked eggs!)
  • Pop frozen eggs out of the muffin pan. Transfer to freezer bag(s).
  • Push. suck as much of the air out of the bag as possible, seal well.
  • Return to freezer.

To Use

  • Remove as many eggs as you'd like to use. Place in a bowl (bowls, if you'd like to keep them separated).
  • Remove as much air as possible from the freezer bag, return to freezer.
  • Cover bowl of frozen eggs, transfer to fridge to thaw overnight.
  • Once thawed, use as you would a fresh egg

Notes

No matter whether you’re using whole eggs, egg whites, or egg yolks, remember: They don’t have a shell, and eggs are incredibly sensitive to environment (Scents, flavours, moisture/dryness, etc.) You should use them as soon after thawing, as possible.

Now, in MY opinion, this is the best way to freeze eggs, with regards to stocking up for the current/coming situation. There are other ways you can freeze eggs – and parts of eggs – but it gets more fussy, and is more about how to deal with leftovers.

How to Freeze Egg Yolks

When I used to make a lot of Swiss Meringue Buttercream, I would find myself with a LOT of egg yolks. I could either freeze them, or toss em. (Note: Normal ice cube trays are *great* for freezing egg yolks on their own! I prefer silicone ice cube trays, like these). The thing with freezing egg yolks is that they require special treatment.

First, separate the eggs into your ice cube tray, one per cavity*. Then, you’ll want to decide what you’ll be using them for, roughly – sweet or savoury.

If savoury: Put a healthy pinch of salt into each cavity, stir well (I use a toothpick).

If sweet: Measure 1/4 tsp of sugar into each cavity, stir well.

Either way, freeze until frozen, pop out of the cavities, transfer to labeled freezer bags (Date frozen, best by date, and “Sweet” or “Savoury”), and freeze until ready to use.

To use, take out as many as you need, place in an appropriate bowl, cover and thaw in your fridge overnight.

How to Freeze Egg Whites

Egg whites, on the other hand, can be frozen as-is. Pop em into ice cube trays* (1 egg white per cavity, if you need to keep track of how many you’ll be using, when thawed), and freeze.

Once frozen, pop out of the cavities, transfer to labeled freezer bags (Date frozen, best by date), and freeze until ready to use. To use, take out as many as you need, place in an appropriate bowl, cover and thaw in your fridge overnight.

If you’ll be using previously frozen whites for anything that requires beating them to peaks, you’ll want to not only let them thaw first, but come up to room temperature right before using them.

Final Thoughts on Freezing Eggs

No matter whether you’re using whole eggs, egg whites, or egg yolks, remember: They don’t have a shell, and eggs are incredibly sensitive to environment (Scents, flavours, moisture/dryness, etc.) You should use them as soon after thawing, as possible.

* NOTE: If your ice cube trays aren’t very rigid, place them on a small baking sheet BEFORE putting the eggs in!

How to Freeze Eggs
Freezing eggs is easy and relatively mess-free, a great way to extend the life of fresh eggs.



One Autistic’s Guide to Thriving During Social Isolation / Social Distancing

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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: This whole pandemic situation has really separated the introverts from the extroverts, across my social media feeds. It’s actually been sort of interesting to see people that I assumed to be introverts come out as extroverts, and vice versa.

As an introvert myself, I – as well as many of my fellow autistics – am actually pretty happy to engage in social isolation. We’re experts at “You don’t have to be in the same room as someone to be social with them!”, after all.

For our part, we have everything we need, now, so I’m holed up with my husband, happily puttering around on projects. We have no social obligations, have complete control over our environment at all times, and it’s pretty chill.

Of course, it’s easy for me to say “We all need to do our part and STAY HOME”, but I do realize that such a proposition is kind of scary to people who don’t have a lifetime of experience, here. So, I put together this list of suggestions and tips on how to not survive this, but THRIVE. This is the mother of all staycations, after all!

In no particular order:

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– “Kung Fury” exists, and you can watch it on Youtube, here. This movie is not only a must-see on its own, but it has a sequel coming out later this year! Best get ready now, right?

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– The Metropolitan Opera is doing a nightly – and FREE – live stream of different operas! They have the first week’s worth scheduled, and plan to continue until they’re able to reopen. Each new presentation goes live at 7:30 pm (Eastern, I think?), and stays online til 3:30pm the next day. We’ve been streaming it through their app on our Amazon Firestick, but they offer a few more options, as well. See here for their announcement.

Last night, we watched “Carmen” – it was my husband’s first exposure to the opera, outside of knowing “Every single figure skater EVER ends up skating to Carmen at some point”. Fabulous!

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– Explore a Museum! Google has teamed up with 500 museums to post collections online, and/or offer virtual tours. Click here for the listing of collections to view, or here for an article listing 12 with virtual tours.

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– Clean your house. Sure, it’s not necessarily fun… but there’s always a lot to do, right? Think about all those lists of what you should do every 6 months, or year, or whatever. When’s the last time you flipped your mattress, cleaned light fixtures and base boards, or laundered your curtains?

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– Organize your house! Think about all those organization projects that you haven’t had time for. Did you move in 5 years ago and never tackled unpacking the last of your boxes? Are your books shelved all willy-nilly? Is your spice collection NOT in alphabetical order? This is exciting stuff to do – and imagine how awesome it’ll be to live in a house with everything organized!

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– On that note, tackle the projects you’ve been neglecting. I have a closet with a folding door that doesn’t close all the way, one of my cats is OBSESSED with it, and it drives my nuts. Yesterday, my husband finally got around to installing a little hook to keep it shut. Life is good! We all have lists of things we’ve been meaning to get around to FOREVER.

I’m not saying the whole time needs to be productive, but … time is a gift. Picking away at repair lists is not only a great way to kill some time, it will leave you feeling accomplished, which is a great morale booster – something we could all use right now.

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– On THAT note… learn a new skill! Does your to do list have some kind of relatively minor task that you don’t know how to do? Head to youtube and expand your skillset!

I remember feeling so frustrated and helpless after our tornado… until the day I decided to demolish the bathroom, by myself. I watched some videos, googled a bit, and went to it. It was great fun, and I felt SOO good afterwards, it really carried me through. HERE is a post I wrote about that day.

My husband would like to add that learning to change your oil is a great way to get started, and ends up saving you a lot of money. That’s where he started learning handyman stuff, and he’s gone on to keep our cars under repair at all times (I haven’t gone to a mechanic in 14 years!), build us a kitchen, and more.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to knit, or sew, or crochet, or fix a clogged drain. Do the thing!

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– Video conferencing is a thing, and can be used for more that just chatting. Play games with a friend, anywhere in the world. Battleship, Chess, whatever. Get creative! If you have multiple people in households, try long distance video charades!

Again: You don’t need to be in the same room as someone, to be social!

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– Start a Pandemic Diary. Whether digital or handwritten, it’s good to get your thoughts down, to look back on someday… or pass along to future generations. It’s something I wish I’d done earlier, during the tornado. I’ve started one for the pandemic. Just a few thoughts every day on what we’ve done, any major events in the news, etc. It doesn’t have to be heavy, and I’m not personally keeping track of any of the numbers… just my own personal thoughts.

And hey, if you’re one of those people who do the whole “Bullet Journal” thing, think of how extra you can leave YOUR record of this, for people in the future. None of the accounts of previous pandemics involved glitter markers and stickers, after all!



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– Plant something! For those of us in the northern hemisphere, this is actually a great time to get seedlings started, clear away overgrowth, etc. And hey, depending on what happens with regards to food supply / shipping, etc – it could be a *really* good idea later! Personally,yesterday I planted a bunch of herbs… and will start some veggies, when I work up the desire to get into the ACTUAL dirt. (I love these little instant peat pods, you can do the gardening without getting super grimy!)


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– Do food challenges, either with yourself, against the people in your house, or with friends online. Pick a couple ingredients and/or a piece of equipment that everyone involved has, and see what you can come up with, with just what you have in your house. I bet people could come up with wild ways to use canned beans, if looking at it more like a cooking show challenge, than quarantine drudgery! Also: Would be a fun entry in your quarantine diary!

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– Find new ways of working out, if you’re able to and so inclined. A lot of us found ourselves without gyms this week… so make your own gym at home, get creative with it. No weights? Canned food, bottled water, etc can work. No more cardio class? Browse Youtube for all kinds of online fitness classes. No jump rope? Maybe you have some heavy enough twine or rope that would work – cut off an appropriate length, use some duct tape to create a smoother handle for a few inches on each end. Maybe this is the time you take up hiking, or explore the walking trails in your area. Just stay a few metres away from others, and you’ll be good.

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– For my fellow figure skaters our there: Get to work on your flexibility! You could return to the ice with a killer spiral, maybe even the spread eagle you’ve always wanted. Now is the time to work on cranky muscles without worry about how it’ll screw with your session tomorrow. Pro tip: Ankle weights (Which you can get on Amazon, below!) are KEY to a great spiral – it’s not just about flexibility, it’s about strength… especially as skates are heavier than the running shoes you do off ice in!

Do some work on plyometrics, and your jumps will improve when you finally get back on the ice. Seriously, you can add a couple inches in height, with a bit of work. Let’s use this time to really BRING IT, next season!



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– While a lot of my tips have been about catching up, you could use the time to get ahead, also. Organize your Christmas card / gift list – or design your holiday cards – for example. Take a look at your calendar and see what you’ve got coming up in the next 8-12 months or so – is there anything to tackle now? Remember, when life returns to normal, most of us will be catching up on things we couldn’t do during this time…. so a little pre-planning now will free up your time for after this period.

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– Long distance viewing parties. Pick a movie that friends have access to, start up a thread on Facebook or whatever, and all start watching – and chatting – at the same time. The cheezier the movie, the better.

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– Hold a photo shoot for your cats, kids, or self. Go serious – maybe get that perfect profile pic you’ve been wanting – or ridiculous… just have fun. Also, if you do take photos of your pets, be sure to share… especially if costumes are involved!

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– If you do end up having to get out for some groceries, remember: Indian and Asian grocery stores have the BEST snacks. Trust me.

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– On a totally self serving note, if you’ve made some recipes from this site before, consider leaving a review on that page! I’ve been working hard to convert past recipes over to a new format to help with SEO, and – with the huge disruption to income right now – a few reviews go a long way to helping me out, long term!

All converted recipes have a stars review option just over the comments section. If the recipe you want to review doesn’t have the option, let me know which recipe it is, and I’ll bump it up on the conversion line.

Please and thank you 🙂

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This is getting a bit long, so I’ll cut it off here. Did I miss anything? What are YOU occupying your time with, these days?




One Autistic’s Guide to Thriving During Social Isolation / Social Distancing

A Calm, Logistics-Minded Approach to Preparing For The COVID-19 Pandemic

Ok, so don’t judge me.. But I’ve officially joined the “Covid Virus Panic Purchase” club.

Did I buy a bunch of toilet paper? No.

I went to Bulk Barn and bought SEVEN POUNDS worth of herbs and spices. Whoops. To be fair, this is enough to last 6 months for most items, and maybe a year – tops – for the others.

The Start of my COVID-19 Preparations!
The start of my COVID-19 preparations. Who knew that GARLIC POWDER would be such a tipping point?



In my defense, I was out doing my weekly grocery shopping, minding my business and not at ALL thinking of viruses or prepping… and two stores were sold out of *Garlic Powder*, of all things. Other herbs and spices too, but this was the one that was the tipping point for me.

Also, to be fair… our household getting into any prepping at all has been a long time coming. Very, very long time, actually.

Back in 2011, the North Minneapolis tornado that destroyed our house was a pretty big wakeup call – we’d done absolutely no prep work for any kind of emergency. We put it on a mental to-do list for sometime *after* we got on our feet and finished all the repair work.

As our move to Canada neared, we’d considered disaster prep, but decided that the odds were such that we were more likely to have to throw anything out, than find ourselves in need of any disaster preparation… so we put it off til we settled in Canada.

Then we decided to wait til fully unpacked. Then until life got settled, between business and my husband in school… and so on, and so forth.

If anything, moving home pushed disaster prep further down the priority list. Between the many safety nets here, the healthcare situation being covered, and just… not hearing gunshots at all since moving here, never mind just “no longer on a daily basis”… I don’t know, we just feel calm and safe, you know?

Of course, none of those feelings would help in the event of a natural disaster or anything, but here we are.

Anyway.

Disaster prep isn’t anything I’d really been concerned with, before the tornado… and it’s something I haven’t dedicated a ton of time to figuring out, since. Now that the Great Garlic Powder Shortage of Two Stores has me thinking about it, I figured … there’s a blog entry in this.

I’m well aware that all you hear about is toilet paper, hand sanitizers, and face masks…. but as a logistics person, I want to be *prepared* if I’m going to do this. I figure other people are like me, and have no idea where to start, beyond “hand sanitizers and toilet paper”, so maybe my own brainstorming with be of some help.

A few caveats:

– I’m not panicking about the virus, and neither should you. You don’t need sanitizer showers or masks, so unless you’re immune compromised and have to follow a specific protocol, just wash your hands, cough into your elbow, WASH YOUR HANDS, and quit touching your face. This is all stuff you should be doing anyway. This will all pass, but those habits are ones you should adopt in general.

– The fact of the matter, however, is that the outbreak has already impacted commerce and shipping in some areas / for some products, and I expect that’s only going to get worse.

The garlic powder thing wouldn’t have bothered me, had it not been across brands, and in more than one store. I don’t know enough about production of it, to know if it’s a shortage issue, a shipping issue, a production issue, etc – all I know is that it wasn’t a matter of a product being on SALE.

– Due to the nature of the current issue, we’re focusing preparations on that, for now. We’re not made of money, we don’t have all the time in the world, and – quite honestly – I don’t have the spoons to think out all of the things we should probably be prepared for. As such, I’m not thinking about – or addressing – things like bug out bags (Which REALLY would have come in handy for the tornado!), storm radios, etc.

– What you need to prepare for – and how you do it – is going to vary wildly, based on a few factors. Some considerations are: budget, storage space, how many people live with you, if you have any dietary restrictions, ages of people you live with, etc.

– How much time you have to prepare is another big one. Ideally, I think we probably should have started before there were any empty shelves at all… but better now, than a bit later, you know? Having time means you can plan things out better, look for sales, and generally be more efficient about the whole thing.

No one wants to find themselves in hours-long lines to shop at cleared out grocery stores before, during, or after a big storm (as recently happened in Newfoundland). I know I certainly wouldn’t want to find myself staring at the last can of beans and maybe a can of tuna and wondering what I’m going to do!

– A great time and money saver when it comes to buying food for it, is to be organized. Think ahead of time: What meals can you make with less perishable items, and what ALL is required for those meals? Say you keep it really easy and just want a frozen meat and a frozen veg for each meal. That makes grocery shopping easy. Do you have enough salt, pepper, and any other herbs you need? What fat do you need to cook it in? Anything else?

While you could technically survive on unseasoned food, a little planning would help make this whole thing a lot more palatable – literally.

– On the subject of palatability, plan for some treats. Rice Krispy treats. The ingredients to make cookies. Whatever. You still want to *live*, and a normal-ish diet during holing up will make things a lot more pleasant.

I still remember out 6 months after the tornado. It was all fast food, hotel showers, etc. The whole experience was so emotionally taxing, that little luxuries every once in a while really helped morale. I would imagine that would go a long way here, too.

– I’m following an autoimmune protocol diet for the next few months, which seriously impacts my food choices. This also means that leaving things til the last minute could negatively impact my health, so… I’m definitely looking to avoid that! Time means less chance of having to make compromises.

– Due to the nature of my diet, I’ve been on pretty much nothing but fresh veggies, fruit, and meat – all highly perishable. For the purposes of *this* prep work, we’ll be moving to the same items, but frozen. I’m sure some canned goods are fine, but I’d rather go with frozen. Obviously, if we were looking to prep for weather, etc right now.. We’d want things to be more shelf stable. Definitely plan around your own circumstance – tornado season is coming up, if you live in an area concerned… lean a bit more on shelf stable items.

– Overall, my view on this is that we should have stuff on hand in general. If either one of us get sick or injured, it’s good to have backup. If daily use items cease production for a while, or shipping is interrupted, life will be more comfortable if we’re not, say, living without dish or laundry detergent.

I have no idea how many months one should plan for, but I’m thinking 1 month of food, 3 months for everything else. Food supply isn’t going to be universally impacted by any one / several producers closing/suspending shipping… however, if a couple sock factories or drug companies suspend operations, we’re going to feel it!

– You might already have some of these covered – I know we tend to stock up on certain things during sales, etc.

– Unless you’re living somewhere with an immediate concern of quarantine / supply, don’t go too wild. Start slow, watch sales, etc. There’s no sense taxing the system early, just buy a little extra of what you use each time you go shopping.

– Eat what you buy, and cycle things out. There’s no sense being well stocked, never using anything, and ending up with spoiled items. If you buy things you normally eat – or versions of them – and use / replenish a bit at a time, you’ll never end up with waste. First in, first out!

– I called for “LOTS of freezer bags” because a lot of the freezer items you can buy will be far more economical to buy in large bags. You’re best to divide those out into smaller bags and get as much air out as possible – not only is this more convenient when it comes to using them, it’ll make them last a bit longer. (I’m saying this as someone who CANNOT handle even the smallest taste of freezer burn!)

– I wrote the bulk of this a couple days ago, when the Garlic Powder Incident happened. Things have really blown up in the past few days, so I’d like to add this:

This prep stuff – as *I* see it, anyway – isn’t about being panicked about getting sick. It’s an acknowledgment that we are currently experiencing a pandemic, and that the best thing one can do in these situations is to do our part to not spread it.

It’s not about “I’m not worried about getting sick, because I’m not likely to die if I do”.

It’s about not becoming a carrier. It’s about not spreading it to people who are less likely to survive it.

It’s about doing our part to let the virus burn itself out, and not becoming branches of an epidemiological tree ourselves.

Events aren’t canceling prevent individuals from catching covid at the event, they’re canceling to prevent everything that comes as a *result* of whatever individuals might catch it at their event.

The more it spreads, the bigger impact it’s going to have on society, well beyond the illness itself. Factories are closing. Jobs are suspending operations. Mortgages aren’t going to be paid.

Stay home now, do your part to stop the spread of the virus, and let it burn itself out faster. No one has to panic. Being prepared to ride it out doesn’t have to be hysteria.

The more people who back away from possible exposure at this point, the less time it’ll take for us ALL to ride it out. “An ounce of prevention”, and all! Even just avoiding peak shopping times, or working out at home – rather than the gym – will help a bit towards stopping the spread.

Now, on to the base checklist I’ve been developing!

Household

– Laundry detergent and related items (dryer sheets, etc)
– Dish detergent, related items (scrubby sponges, etc)
– Floor cleaner, glass cleaner, bleach, etc
– Hand soap, shower gel, hand lotion, related toiletries
– Toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, etc
– Garbage bags, compost bags, etc
– Batteries
– Litter
– LOTS of freezer bags
– Food wrap, parchment paper, foil
– Anything you use a lot of or rely on.
– Something to do. Books, magazines, craft supplies, games. If you do end up quarantined, you’ll need entertainment!
– Socks and underwear. A LOT of them are produced overseas, if the factories close… you may find yourself with holey socks for a while!
– If you have a home business, stock up on things you rely on, in case you lose access to them. For me, that means things like medical exam paper (for pattern making), thread, nitrile gloves (both for cooking and dyeing), packing tape, etc. I might pick up another ream or two of paper.

Health
– Prescriptions – human and pet
– Over the counter meds (Pain relievers, cold/flu meds, antihistamines, cough drops, etc).*
– Vitamins and supplements*
– Menstrual care products
– Baby items, if needed. Diapers, formula, wipes, etc
– Think about your situation. Do you have arch supports you wear out often? Have an extra pair or two on hand.
– Exercise equipment: A few dumbbells and a jump rope may be a good idea if you decide to avoid the gym for a while.

* Probably a good time to go through your cabinet and see what’s expired!

Food
– Pet food
– Frozen meats and fish
– Frozen veggies and fruit
– Frozen juices
– Protein powder
– Coffee/tea, related items.
– Cooking oils, fats, sprays, etc
– Herbs and spices.
– Condiments: Mayo, sauces, etc.
– Jars of garlic, ginger, etc
– Chicken broth, canned soups
– Rice, grains, pasta
– Canned or dry beans
– Convenience foods: If your family ends up sick, try to have a week or two of foods that are easy to throw together, and that you’ll actually eat if sick. Ginger ale, soup, etc.
– Snack foods, whatever that means for you. For me, that’s dried fruit and plaintain chips.
– Diet-specific needs. I use a LOT of coconut milk, and there’s a powdered version.
– Baby food, if applicable
– Flour(s), yeast. The best bakery goods are usually self serve, out in the open. May be best to skip those, for now… but no need to give up breads. (I’ve got some great recipes on this site, if you want a starting point!)

That’s about it, for now.

Anything I may have missed? Comment below with your suggestions!

A Calm, LOGISTICS- MINDED Approach to Preparing For The COVID-19 Pandemic  (With Sample Shopping List)