A pantry stocked full of food is always a good idea. Most of us keep enough fresh food in our home to last at least the week until our next grocery trip, but during uncertain times such as the one we’re in right now, it’s a good idea to think about how to be more prepared, particularly when on a budget.
When it comes to stockpiling the pantry there are a few things to consider. Obviously, affordability is number one. Most people can’t afford to buy anything and everything. You’ll also want foods that are somewhat healthy and won’t take up too much room in the cabinet or pack on a lot of pounds. Prioritize nutrients and calories.
If you need to stockpile your pantry, here are some tips from the preparation masters — make room for the items listed below…
Want diet & nutrition content delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for our exclusive diet & nutrition newsletter!
Up Your Container Game
You might think investing in containers sounds like an extravagance, especially when money is tight. But the proper storage will actually save money in the long run. Foods in the pantry aren’t always front and center, so they can go overlooked for long periods of time. You want to make sure they aren’t spoiling while they are out of sight and out of mind. Proper storage will protect groceries from pests. They also prevent rot and save considerable storage space.
The best containers depend on your needs, but you can’t go wrong with a glass model that has a vacuum seal for freshness. If you choose plastic, seek out varieties that do not contain BPA, as it can interfere with your body’s hormonal functions.