This post was inspired by our team member Sarah, who literally ordered 7 apples (she thought) and received 7 BAGS OF APPLES. No returns. Yup, these are her real apples her family is slowly eating through. She’s taking suggestions for apple recipes, by the way.
We decided to call a bunch of grocery stores to get their tips for ordering groceries online. Please keep in mind that very store is different!
How do we help our kids feel safe when we’re dealing with uncertainty, especially when it comes to food?
Many of you have asked us how to deal with lack of access to food and food waste with your kids. This is a very scary time for many families, and while many grocery stores still have lots of foods, some have less variety. Here's some ways you can communicate with your kids to help them feel safe.
Food might not be available like it usually is, but we can try our best to help our kids feel like they’ll get enough to eat. Why is this important?
When kids sense food insecurity, they may start hoarding food, eating more than their body needs or obsessing about food. It can also increase their risk for anxiety and behavioral issues. This is tough, but we can do our best to help them feel like food is and will be available:
You might have a lot of frozen veggies at home, but how do you make them actually taste good?
We’ve put together a set of simple recipes (using many pantry staples) that utilize frozen veggies on our Pinterest account. Head to our Using Frozen Veggies board to check out these recipes!
Frozen veggies are a little less predictable in cooking because of what happens in the freezing process. According to the University of Minnesota Cooperative Extension, water makes up over 90% of the weight of most veggies. This water is held within the cell wall of the vegetable. Freezing a vegetable actually means freezing the water inside the vegetable, which expands water and ruptures cell walls.
Thus, when the veggies are thawed, they are much softer than they were when raw. They can even be mushy. The textural changes are most noticeable in foods that are normally eaten raw instead of cooked, like celery and lettuce - hence why we don’t typically freeze these foods whole. However, more durable, hard veggies like squash, cauliflower and beets can be really tasty when cooked from frozen - we just have to know how to utilize them!
"What do I need to buy at the grocery store in case I’m home for weeks due to the coronavirus?” This is a question we’ve gotten dozens of times at the start of the pandemic. Turns out...we were going to be home a lot longer than two weeks!
Before you scroll along, we ask that you read this entire post - this is about preparing, not panicking. We do NOT suggest hoarding enough food for the next 6 months - these are simply some shelf-stable and freezer ideas to check out the next time you hit the grocery store so you feel more prepared. If we all overbuy, there won’t be enough food for everyone.
Do we need to stockpile food? According to the CDC, people need enough household items and groceries “for a period of time.” The US Dept. of Homeland Security’s site suggests two weeks’ worth of food in case there’s a pandemic (the page where this is found doesn’t specify coronavirus). Many experts assume that grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential services will be open even if citizens are asked to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus, but it’s a good idea to have enough food to be home for a few weeks.
Below are just some of the things you can consider:
These were all purchased at Walmart (not sponsored) in Phoenix, AZ. At the time of purchase, some items were already unavailable so we accepted substitutions.
Remember, these are just ideas - your store may have very little availability and you get what you get.
A note about “healthfulness” - you may be purchasing foods you don’t normally eat. It’s OK! Sometimes “nutritional value” lies simply in calories or a full tummy. Frozen and canned foods have lots of nutrition, and rice and beans can be an affordable, satisfying meal that keeps us nourished and full. Stay tuned for more on this topic.