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Kitchen Drill – Stock Grocery Staples and Pantry Meals

Get a well-stocked kitchen by keeping grocery staples and pantry meals on hand. Meal planning can help prepare your household.

June 8, 2021

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Is Your Kitchen Ready for a Disaster?

We’ve all experienced fire drills at work or school. But what about a kitchen drill?  Is your kitchen disaster-ready? Not just the family arriving home and demanding immediate food type of disaster, but potentially life-threatening scenarios like pandemics, earthquakes, electric outages, hurricanes, snowstorms, cyber-attacks, or other catastrophes that require a well-stocked kitchen. Supper Sanity provides a free winter meal plan, a Weekly Meal Planner worksheet with a menu chart, and a grocery staples checklist to prepare your kitchen for unexpected circumstances. 

Don't Panic; Prepare Your Pantry.

Being prepared prevents you from panic buying, experiencing long lines, “hangry shoppers,” crowded parking lots, and empty shelves. The 2020 images of store shelves without toilet paper, frozen food, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies are hard to forget. It’s easy to get caught up in the fear but buying more than you need puts unnecessary strain on your budget. Do you still have food in the freezer and pantry from a 2020 stockpile? Be prepared but don’t panic. Additionally, check out the Red Cross’ emergency preparedness tips.

Why Stock Grocery Staples?

The weekly meal planner worksheet has a quick and easy reference of essential items for the freezer, refrigerator, and pantry, as well as a menu chart. Learn more about it on the Shop page.

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What are Pantry Meals?

Making dinner from commonly stocked items in the food cupboard, fridge, and freezer is considered a pantry meal. The worksheet has a spot for a pantry meal as a reminder to plan for the unexpected.

Use Hardy Produce in Pantry Meals

Tip: When planning your weekly menu, use short shelf-life produce items earlier in the week and hardy vegetables later. Long shelf life vegetables and fruits include potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, garlic, spaghetti squash, acorn and butternut squash, kale, cabbage, peppers, turnips, parsnips, oranges, apples, grapefruit. These durable produce items make great ingredients in pantry meals. Find out how to use winter produce in your meal plan with this post about dinner ideas for winter.

Make Freezer Meals

Keeping freezer meals is also a good practice. These dinners can be from the frozen food section at the grocery store or double up on a homemade recipe and freeze the leftover portion for another week. There is also a spot on the worksheet to plan for freezer meals. They come in handy when family schedules get crazy.


Supper Sanity is a simple system that offers shortcuts in the kitchen for meal planning, grocery shopping, and recipe organization. Simplify daily decisions so you can tackle other interests. There are many reasons to keep a well-stocked kitchen. The Weekly Meal Planner helps keep your kitchen ready for any disaster. Share your favorite pantry meals and freezer meals in the comment section below. Please rate any recipe you try. 

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Welcome to Supper Sanity

Hello, I’m Karen, a very passionate meal planner. As a mother of three, I have been planning family menus for years. When I was diagnosed with a digestive condition, I found it necessary to follow an eating regime that eliminated many ingredients. That made meal planning a health necessity. I’ve learned a lot and want to share my resources to simplify meal planning, shop efficiently and cook affordable homemade meals. If you wish to try new recipes, plan healthier meals, and enjoy a great dinner with your friends and family, Supper Sanity can help.

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