(This post was last updated on: 12/14/20.)
Flu season has officially begun and with that I am expecting COVID-19 cases to rise again. So I have begun stocking up my working pantry in my kitchen and my long term storage pantry in the downstairs hallway. I have already seen at my local Walmart an issue with simple everyday items being out of stock. Remember a few months back when finding toilet paper was near impossible? I hated that, so right now I am trying to get ahead. I am not going overboard with this project, just stocking up on some essentials. The easiest way to do this from your couch is to stock your pantry with Amazon’s Prime Pantry.
Have you ever used the Prime Pantry function? OMG, I am in love. It’s so easy to use. Place an order then a big box shows up on my doorstep and all I have to do is bring it inside and put the groceries away. It couldn’t be simpler than that!
How to Stock Your Pantry
The obvious first step in stocking your pantry is to clean out your pantry and get an inventory of what you already have on hand. This will also give you a good idea of what items you use on a day to day basis. Use this time to wipe down the shelves and throw away any expired items. If you are lucky enough to have two pantries, I suggest having the pantry in your kitchen stocked with the items you and your family uses on a daily basis for all meals and snacks. A second long term storage pantry would include items that are duplicates, they are shelf stable and may include paper products.
I have a great post (How to Stock Your Pantry for Hard Times) that you should read. It goes into way more detail and also includes a mini reorganization of my working kitchen pantry.
What To Keep in Your Pantry
Short Term Working Pantry Essentials: some basic baking supplies, vinegar, breakfast foods, pasta, rice, oils, bread, some canned goods, seasoning packets, popcorn, nuts and snacks. When you meal plan for the week ahead, put any food items that you will need into this pantry.
Long Term Storage Pantry Essentials: majority of your canned goods, boxed items, paper products, water, condiments, any shelf stable duplicates.
Tips for Stocking Your Pantry
- Store what you eat and eat what you store- don’t buy shelf stable items that your family hates, they will just go to waste when they expire. You should be rotating these items into your meal prepping each week, then restocking them in your pantry as you go.
- Stock your pantry by buying a few extra items each week during your normal grocery shopping. The process of stocking a pantry is slow and steady.
- Shop sales- when an item that you need goes on sale buy 2 or 3, not just one.
- Keep a running list on the fridge and utilize this list during your weekly grocery runs.
What Pantry Items to Purchase from Amazon’s Prime Pantry
Most Items Below are sold in packs even if the photo only shows 1 as a sample. Click on a photo below for specific information on pricing and to order online.
Prepared Meals & Boxed Items:
Paper & Plastic Products:
Have you ever ordered pantry items from Amazon? If so, how did you like it? Leave me a comment below, I love to read your feedback. I hope you found this post helpful and are able to easily stock your pantry with Amazon’s Prime Pantry feature.