Surviving on Staples

Even though we seem to be past the panic buying mayhem, it is still a good idea to have enough food at home should you need to self-isolate for two weeks.

Before you shop, take inventory of what you already have and add what you need. You might be surprised about the amount of food hidden in the back of the cupboard (don’t forget to check the date).

Ideally you should aim to have a two-week supply of:

  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Sauces
  • Canned vegetables (beans/peas)
  • Canned tuna
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Bread (freeze this now)
  • Long life milk
  • Dried herbs and spices to add a bit of flavour
  • And a few snacks to boost your mood!

For more staple ingredients check out this page from the American Heart Association. And here is a list of items that have a really long shelf life.


Staple Recipes

If you are in isolation with a limited supply of fresh ingredients, you’re going to have to get creative and work with what you have. Think less MasterChef and more Australian Survivor (i.e. lots of rice!)

Start with the basics. It may seem simple but cooking your pasta or rice just right is key to improving quality and minimising waste.

Here are a couple of recipe links for inspiration:


Tried online ordering?

Remember; if you are really stuck, supermarket deliveries have largely returned to normal. So try ordering online. 

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