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Minimizing trips to the Grocery Store

| Updated Mar 20, 2020

We are all pretty good at planning a few days or a week of grocery at a time and many prepare some food dishes in advance of a camping adventure. 

What changes are reasonable to consider now with the recent quarantine and social distancing in place now with the onset of the corona virus?

Yes, grocery supplies have been fluctuating widely this week due to preventive quarantine measures being put in place.

It is unfortunate some folks have taken to panic buying and grabbing quantities of food and supply items out of fear they will be left without, but purchasing items in panic and/or getting foods you would never eat is not the answer.

Here's a sensible strategy for purchasing what you will actually need and within your food preferences.

 Prepare a spreadsheet or write down a food menu for a week. List meals and snacks you normally eat: breakfast, lunch and snack.  Jot down the quantity of these foods you need for 1 week.  Multiply the quantity for what you need for 2 – 4 wks.  Take your list with you to due your shopping and make reasonable substitutions as necessary due to supply and  demand and your RV storage space in the pantry, fridge and freezer.  

Avoid purchasing food items etc. that you either don't like or never cook because once the food shortages are over those items will still be in your pantry and unused!?!?!

Ideas for cooking and substitution:

Example:  You plan on cooking fresh grilled salmon but there is no room in your RV fridge or freezer to add this item.      Consider substituting canned salmon a pantry item.

Combine the canned salmon with a little mustard or mayo, form the patties then lightly cover both sides with panko or regular breadcrumbs.  Saute' in 1 – 2 tbsp. of cooking oil over medium heat in a saute' pan for a few minutes on each side.  Although this is a small change in your menu plan it may be a simple tasty substitution.

 Below is a basic no frills  1 day food menu plan and substitutions ideas. 


Day 1            Food                                                       Substitutes other
Breakfast     fresh fruit and yogurt smoothie       frozen or canned fruit with protein powder or powdered milk

Lunch           homemade soup                                  canned or boxed soup. If unavailable change your meal plan to fit what                                                                                          is available that you like, perhaps: trail mix and cheese

Dinner          rotisserie chicken and salad              canned or frozen chicken and steamed frozen broccoli 

Snack            fresh fruit                                              shelf stable fruit cups 


Stay safe and healthy and follow credible health advisories.


Chef MJ

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2020-03-20

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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