Last year the mid-Atlantic seaboard received a couple of feet of snow in record time - and this much snow happened twice - in December and in February. The worse storm, in February, resulted in at least 7-8 days stuck indoors for most residents, as snowplows were prioritized to the main highways in the meantime.
My husband told me that forecasters are predicting an 85% likelihood of this happening again this winter (!). Since last year we weren't yet paleo/primal, we had lots of pasta, rice, etc. involved in making it through that week.
But now I'm wondering: if you know that you're facing a week stuck indoors at home in the dead of winter, what's on YOUR grocery shopping list and in your pantry/fridge/freezer to make it through that week with minimal compromise? I think the main challenge lays in not having access to fresh produce that would be going south by mid-week. In other words - leaning on nonperishables.
I will definitely be revisiting everyone's ideas and answers if the predicted snowstorm comes around the bend in a couple of months or so!
Part of my starter shopping list for our family:
- At least a couple of pints of organic heavy cream
- Butter (Kerrygold)
- Frozen homemade broth, or a healthier store-bought broth if no homemade supply existed
- Canned crushed tomatoes (yes normally I rarely eat canned tomatoes because of the BPA factor, but they could make a good ground beef and tomato sauce for an Italian meal and a nice base for a chili)
- Less-perishable fresh produce like kale, onions, sweet potatoes, baby carrots, celery, etc.
- Cans of coconut milk
- Cans of pumpkin (combo with coconut milk and warming spices for a soup)
- At least three dozen eggs
- Frozen grass-finished ground beef - would probably do an Italian meal and a crock-pot chili meal with this added in
- A whole chicken for roasting - would probably last us a couple of meals' worth, and then I could make a broth!
- Some almond meal, for potential baking
- Some coconut flour or coconut meal, also for potential baking