The title “Cooking During A Pandemic” sounds like a Sci-Fi novel I would’ve picked up to joke about in college. Funny how the joke would now be on me! Never would I have imagined toilet paper selling out in droves and flour becoming unicorn-level rare.
How are you all managing with the new state of grocery stores? Have you all managed to keep your pantries stocked? Any new recipes you’ve tried or started keeping on hand as a staple? For those using delivery services, are you budgeting more for them?
I try to avoid grocery stores now, so I thought this blog post on Grocery Shopping Once A Month had some great tips! There’s a Quarantine Cooking blog post, too, in case you’re looking for more insight!
If you find yourself spending more on groceries in the current months, try not to be hard on yourself. I think we’ve all earned a few extra snacks for the time being. And, in case anyone didn’t know, Disney released their Churro Recipe - they’re worth every sugar-coated calorie. ;)
Oh boy how this has been a roller coaster...
We have been limiting ourselves to one shop a week wherever we can. We stick to very specific stores right now. In particular Aldi is still our main stop since they (for some reason) still never seem to be very busy, and Costco for the bigger items since they feel like one of the safest stores to be in right now.
We tried to use Instacart but the experience was...bad. The delivery was scheduled a week out and then it was cancelled on us the day we were supposed to be getting our stuff.
We have been using Home Chef lately for our dinners. We were getting really bad about the takeout. This way we don't have to worry about shopping for meals and only have to keep the essentials stocked. Plus we're cooking regularly which is a nice couple activity. We've never been much for sit-down dinners at home but we have been making time for screen-free meals now.
We have gone from weekly Costco runs to 3-4 week intervals. I was noticing that food prices are up quite a bit though, and some others have noticed it also. Budgets are great for pointing this out, but it looks like it will be a while at the higher category amount. The budget may never get back down to where it was.
I mostly send my teens to the stores with a list. Yesterday I went and did a Mom PowerShop, and it went fine. The big long-term changes that I've made include keeping a more stocked pantry (I have always been a use-it-all-up-and-then-shop-again type of gal); and using sourdough starter instead of commercial yeast. I bake all of our bread, and while I have no interest in making actual fancy sourdough bread, the starter can be used in place of yeast in any recipe. It's been a game-changer, and I love it!