How to stockpile groceries for coronavirus has been on many Americans’ minds. If you’re looking for tips for stockpiling groceries, ways to make food last, and what to stock up on for coronavirus, you’ve come to the right place.

First off, always check the CDC for recommendations, and be sure to check out KCL’s Ultimate Coronavirus Shopping List for ways to save on things you’ll need most.

Before diving into the grocery stockpile tips below, consider the following for your coronavirus stash:

  • Two-week supply of food and water
  • Three-month supply of prescription drugs
  • Cleaning products for frequently used items and surfaces
  • Wellness kit with over-the-counter medication


1. Know what items can be frozen to extend shelf life — including produce.

There’s more that you can stock up on than canned and dried foods — you just have to know how to store it.

Check out 32 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Freeze for the correct way to safely freeze and store your produce, dairy, and more.

Freeze eggs in ice cube trays for up to one year.

Crack open the egg, either separating the egg whites and yolks to freeze them separately, or scramble them together. Place eggs in ice cube trays.

When you’re ready to use your frozen eggs, pop them out and thaw in the fridge the night before.


Freeze milk when it’s approaching its sell-by date for up to three months.

Make sure to pour a bit of milk out so there’s room in the jug for expansion as it freezes.

You can also do this with half-and-half and buttermilk.


Freeze cheese in an airtight container, or wrapped tightly in food wrap, for up to six months.

Defrost frozen cheese in the refrigerator when you’re ready to eat it.


Freeze lemons for up to four months.

Freeze them whole or sliced. If sliced, place slices on a cookie sheet and freeze before storing them in bulk in a freezer bag.

Some other great foods to freeze:

    • Bread
    • Avocados
    • Flour
    • Nuts
    • Butter
    • Broth
    • Cooked noodles and rice


2. Pay attention to expiration dates when you’re stocking up.

If you’re planning on stocking up on coronavirus supplies, make sure it’s going to last awhile or that you’ll get through it before it goes bad. That’s not to say that everything has to have a long shelf life, but just think about whether you can freeze it and if it’s something you have room for.

Learn more about expired food and expiration dates in Expired Food? 19 Times You Can Still Eat It.


3. Use a dry erase board on the fridge to track your coronavirus stockpile.

One of the best tips for stockpiling groceries for coronavirus? Know what you have!

Keep a dry erase board on your fridge with a list all the necessities you have, and make a note of anything you’re getting low on so you know what you need to look for on your next shopping trip.


4. Get rid of bulky packaging to make room for more products.

Fit more into your cabinets by getting rid of bulky boxes and packaging. Instead, store foods in dollar store storage containers, or even an over-the-door organizer.


5. Use soda boxes to store canned soup and vegetables.

Store like canned goods together in an empty soda box, which can be stacked to save pantry and cabinet space.



6. Lay pasta and boxed foods on their sides so more can fit in your pantry.

Learn more about space-saving coronavirus stockpile storage in 12 Stockpiling Tips for People Who Don’t Have Room for a Stockpile.


7. Make your own salad dressing instead of buying bottles.

Instead of stocking up on bottles of salad dressing, buy the packets to save a ton of room and money. Find packets of ranch dressing for $1.30 cheaper than bottles.


8. Protect your stockpile from pests.

Make sure you’re storing food in airtight containers. Avoid keeping foods in paper and cardboard containers that bugs and rodents can chew through.

Check out our Pyrex deals and food storage deals for cheap storage solutions.


9. Wrap celery tightly in tin foil and store it in the fridge to keep it fresh longer.

This can keep celery crisp for up to four weeks!


10. Make strawberries last longer with a vinegar rinse.

Did you know that by soaking strawberries in a three-parts-water and one-part-vinegar mixture for five to ten minutes, they’ll last longer?

Strain the strawberries and resist the temptation to rinse off the vinegar smell. Let the berries dry and then store them in their original packaging in the fridge.



11. Wrap the stems of bananas in plastic wrap to slow their ripening.

Get more food-saving tips and tips for stockpiling groceries for coronavirus in 19 Ways to Make Your Produce Last Longer.


12. Buy in bulk at stores like WinCo, Whole Foods, and Kroger.

Foods like dried beans, nuts, oats, and pasta are great food to grab from the bulk section at the grocery store. Some stores even give out discounts when you buy large quantities.

Right now the safest way to buy in bulk is to buy full cases or bags so you don’t have to worry about others having touched the same food or scoops. At some stores, they even have bulk items that you can pour from a spout into a plastic bag, rather than reaching in with a scoop.

Whole Foods gives 10% off when you buy over 25 lbs., and WinCo gives 5% off when you buy a full case or sack.

Just note that with some stores running low on supplies, call ahead to make sure they have what you’re looking for.


13. Sign up for Amazon Subscribe & Save so you get a continuous supply of essentials without leaving your house.

Buying in bulk can take up a lot of room — not just in your house, but also precious cargo space in your vehicle. With Amazon Subscribe & Save, not only will you have your order sent directly to you, you also can have it delivered automatically however often you need it. This is great for household essentials and basic foods. Plus, you’ll save 15% when ordering at least five products — no coupons or leaving the house needed.

Check out all the Subscribe and Save deals on KCL.


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