5 Methods To Reduce Down Your Meals Journeys Throughout The Pandemic

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5 Ways To Cut Down Your Food Trips During The Pandemic

For most of us, our lives have been an abrupt flip-flop since March with the appearance of Covid-19. Many families left work and school and never returned. Not only jobs and schools were affected, but also grocery shopping. I held out as long as I could before heading out to replenish supplies, but I could only hold out that long.

By the time I finally went shopping, I already had a few useful skills in my back pocket. My family lives in one of the most remote parts of the United States. and our closest grocery store is an hour away by car. I knew I had to use these skills so I wouldn't have to run a grocery store in the near future. There are several reasons to restrict public excursions. Here are 5 tips to help you get the most out of every trip.

1. Plan ahead

Create a menu plan for the month before you go shopping. There are apps and programs to help, and you can often find prepackaged menus with shopping lists online regardless of your dietary restrictions.

Grocery errand during covid

2. Strategy Produce purchases

Fresh products are desirable, but also easily perishable. So how do you make them last for two or three weeks? The trick is strategic buying. When creating your meal plans for the month, choose the most perishable items first. For example, fresh berries have a short shelf life and perish quickly. Eat these for the first 2-3 days and then move on to more sturdy items. Full heads made from lettuce, celery and bananas have a longer shelf life and can be eaten for a week, sometimes longer. Oranges, apples, many peppers and potatoes have a long shelf life, especially when stored correctly. Save these items for weeks 2 and 3. Buying products that are not yet ripe can also extend the life of your fresh produce.

3. Use frozen ingredients

Weeks 3 and 4 of meal planning can be difficult, especially if you live in a harsh environment or are used to weekly or daily grocery stores. However, there are many options for frozen foods that are both healthy and convenient. I love adding frozen berries to yogurt and granola. Frozen vegetables can also be added to casseroles and enhance meals long after the fresh produce is gone.

4. Consider long-life milk

An often overlooked item is shelf-stable milk. These can be found for both dairy and non-dairy options. While they may not always be an ideal choice, they can add length to that shopping spree and are a sensible option for cooking and baking.

Online grocery shopping

5. Take advantage of online shopping

There are many online suppliers who can meet most of your needs and deliver straight to your doorstep. Many places also offer purchase and pickup options. You shop online and then pick up your items at the store without ever having to go inside for faster and less stress.

There is no doubt that the new normal doesn't feel normal at all. However, it is possible to reduce the risk and make shopping easier by planning ahead and implementing some basic strategies.

Jacqi KambishJacqi Kambish, A Shazzy Fitness guest blogger is a Christian mother of three lovable, spirited children, one with special needs. She holds a BS in Bible Theology and Youth Ministry from William Jessup University and is a writer with Anchored Voices. She lives in Colorado with her family and enjoys writing thoughtfully about parenting, faith, and the joys and trials of life while leaving hope and encouragement to her readers. You can follow Jacqi on Facebook and on her blog: The presumptuous ladybug.

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