ALLHOME TIPS – Don’t Hoard!

By: Crown Asia
ALLHOME TIPS - Don't Hoard

by AllHome

In times of a pandemic, the initial reactions of most people are to stock up on food and pantry items, medicines, other supplies, and maybe a few small personal luxuries. Last March 19, 2020, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine. The Department of Trade and Industry released Memorandum Circular No. 20-07. This is a memo against hoarding and panic-buying, with the primary objective to “prevent unreasonable increase in the prices of all basic necessities as enumerated in the Price Act regardless of the implementing agency assigned, and strictly ensure the availability of all such products during the duration of the declared Public Health Emergency.” As a result, grocery stores and pharmacies, among other businesses, limit the quantity of products they have on the shelves – just enough for people to help themselves with. It’s in times like these that we are really challenged to be smart consumers, responsible citizens, and emphatic people all at the same time.

Make sure to always prepare for what you need to buy and what to prepare in the dining table ahead of time. Supplies amidst the pandemic may become short so its always better to maximize the things that you have. You can always think of way to improve your supplies, the best one is by growing your own herbs, like basil and other easy to grown herbs. In this way you will save a few bucks and also develop a hobby in growing plants in the comforts of your home.

Here are some of the pointers to keep in mind when going out for food and supplies, and ways to ensure that we are not taking more than what’s necessary.

1. Do a scan in the Pantry

Before going out for a supply run, make a quick inventory of your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. If you still have about two and a half weeks’ worth of canned goods, you know you don’t need to get those from the shelves. The same also goes for cleaning supplies. Organize the items into these categories; pantry items (non-perishables like grains, dried noodles, and soups, salt, sugar, etc.) canned food, frozen food (hotdogs and sausages, etc.), and fresh (fruits, perishable meat and fish), medicine, cleaning supplies. Once you’ve made inventories of the food and supplies you still have at home, it’s time to create a meal plan for the next two weeks.

2. Plan for your meals

Doing this might take a lot of your time, but it will cut the duration of your grocery run in half. Remember that minimizing your shopping time will also minimize the risk of exposure. Create a meal plan that has a balanced diet, taking in consideration the ingredients you already have in your inventory and taking note of ingredients you will need to buy. Choose long lasting ingredients with a lot of nourishment like whole-grain pastas, brown rice, and the like. You should also plan meals that everyone in your household will appreciate, or something that you would love to eat even after the pandemic.

Planning a meal takes a lot of time and plenty of considerations. But when done correctly and in an organized manner it will help your family become more ready for the pandemic. Make sure to prepare your meals in conjunction of what supply you have. Maximize what meal you prepare and what ingredients you have and make sure to always consider the healthy options for the benefit of your family’s well being.

3. Prepare your grocery list by listing important things to buy such as food and hygiene supplies

Refer to your meal plan for this list. You can categorize the list the same way as you did your inventory. That way, you can also plan efficient navigation inside the grocery store. The key here is not only to stick to the list, but also to be flexible enough to vary based on the availability of the items. Don’t forget to list down medicine, first-aid items, cleaning supplies, and pet supplies, too!

Preparing a complete and well though of grocery lists helps in lessening your trip to the grocery store thus making you safer and away from the dangers of COVID 19. Make sure to always bring in enough cash and do not overspend, as finances are an important thing amidst the pandemic.

4. Safety first

When you finally arrive at the grocery store, you must wipe down your cart with alcohol or wet wipes. Avoid touching your face inside the store, and strictly be mindful of the distance you have with another shopper. If all goes well, shopping will be done as quickly as possible, and there will be lesser chances of getting more items than what’s on the grocery list. If you want to be extra careful when bringing groceries inside the house, before storing them, you may wash fruits and veggies with water, disinfect some plastic packaging with prescribed cleaners, and throw away cardboard packaging. A 20-second hand wash is a must after handling all of the items.

Food Storage Tips

  • Milk – must be stored at the back of the fridge where it’s coldest. When you keep it by the door, you risk your milk getting spoiled much faster.
  • Fruits and Veggies –  should not be stored together in the fridge. Some of them cause each other to deteriorate more quickly because of the gasses that they release. Separate them with air-tight containers or keep some fruits on the kitchen counter.
  • Breads – get moldy very quickly when left on the kitchen counter. Although they can get stale when you refrigerate (or freeze) them, you can make them last longer. Toasting them before eating will minimize sogginess.
  • Meat – should be at the bottom shelf or placed on a tray to avoid drippings getting onto other food and veggies.
  • Canned Food, Jarred Food, and Produce Like Potatoes – must be stored in a cool, dry place, away form sunlight.

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