On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic. Shortly following this alarming announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans keep a 14 day supply of food and other essentials. Not surprisingly, this ignited a mass rush to supermarkets, with people hoarding groceries, sanitary items, and cleaning products. Many stores have been left struggling to keep up with the surge in demand. In one poignant example, sales of dried beans surged by 400 percent as compared to the same week in the previous year.
When is the last time you cleaned out your freezer? If you are stuck at home, now is the perfect time to dive into the disorganized abyss and throw out some old, virtually non-edible freezer foods. Plus, you can use that extra space to store up some critical survival food that will serve you well if you are ever unable to make it to the grocery store. Here’s what to get rid of and what you absolutely have to have.