Cooking While Quarantined: Food Planning, Storage, Recipes, and Keeping Your Home Kitchen Safe

Many are concerned about consistent food planning and food access during the crisis. There is a great deal that you can do for your own household to feel secure during this time, for the near future and the long run. There are also a number of state and local resources available to assist you and your family in food security. Our Extension Nutrition are available to answer any questions and concerns about storing your food, preparing your food, and keeping your kitchen safe from Covid-19. Please reach out to Sue Bourque at 508-375-6693 or Kim Concra 508-375-6884 and head to their webpage to browse other home kitchen recipes and tips.

Useful Information on :

Getting The Groceries

Storing Your Food

Preparing Your Food: Easy recipes (even kids can help!), cooking videos, and specialty recipes for dietary restrictions.

Tips to Reduce Food Waste and Preserve Fresh Food

Family Ideas

Cooking with Oysters and Clams

Cleaning & Disinfecting the Kitchen

Resources for Washing Your Hands


Getting the Groceries

Getting Groceries During Quarantine: There may be times when you need to limit your trips to the grocery store. Here are some tips to help you make healthful decisions and reduce your trips to the store.

Budget-friendly ideas for feeding your family for an extended time while maintaining a balanced diet. 

Storing Your Food

From spices to cheese, bread  pickles, chocolate to baking soda, this is useful information on food storage and safe food handling.

Notice food dates? What do they mean? This will tell you!

Buying, storing and preparing fresh vegetables.

Freezing Food During Quarantine: Our Extension Nutrition Agents printable guide on freezing food.

How to Freeze Fruits, How to Freeze Vegetables

Preparing Your Food

Thawing and Preparing Foods for Serving, National Center for Home Food Preservation

Making a casserole with what’s on hand: A great way to stretch leftovers or use the ingredient lists to create new favorites.

How to make 6 meals from one chicken from the Alabama Cooperative Extension.

USDA resources for Kids in the Kitchen: Twelve links to different resources from the USDA, National Institute of Health and a variety of nationwide Cooperative Extensions with recipes, videos and activities for children of all ages.

MyPlate Kitchen videos for Kids: Links to seventeen video episodes!

Kale, Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash Cooking Videos: These 3 vegetables are found in abundance at grocery stores, farm stands and in our food pantries. These videos will show you easy ways to store and prepare these items using limited resources.

Recipes for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Nutrition Team: Recipes Created by our Nutrition staff that have been tested by families like your. Easy, simple and nutritious!

Lots of root vegetables and beans on hand? Try these scalloped potatoes and black bean soup recipes:

Scalloped Potatoes: Good use for those root veggies! 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, 
Simple to make and you can scale to any size
1. Layer sliced potatoes (mix some fresh sweet potato in there too!) with sliced onions. 2. After each layer sprinkle salt, black pepper, grated parmesan/romano cheese on top.
3. Drizzle a little milk to moisten. (shelf stable boxed milk or evaporated milk are ok too). 
4. Repeat the layering, ending with potatoes cheese and milk over all. 
5. Bake at 350F. Time could be one hour or more, depending on how high you layer.

Souper easy Black Bean Soup: Good use for pantry items! 
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained, rinsed
1 cup jarred salsa
2 cups chicken or vegetables stock or water
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Heat all ingredients until hot. 
Puree in a blender then finish with 1 Tbsp lime juice (optional)

More Recipes

Seasoned Magazine is an online magazine featuring easy recipes for older adults.

Dinner Tonight: Recipes & Videos” – Hundreds of quick and healthy dinner ideas from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

“Recipes for Diabetes” – This online tool from the University of Illinois Extension allows you to search or browse recipes featured in their Dining with Diabetes or Living Well with Diabetes programs.  Each contains an approximate nutritional analysis for calories, protein, carbohydrate, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sodium, and cholesterol.

“Fiesta of Flavors” – Hispanic recipes for people with diabetes from the University of Illinois Extension.

“Keep the Beat: Heart Healthy Recipes” – from the National Heart, Blood & Lung Institute.

“Cooking Without Gluten” A 26-page recipe booklet from the Utah State University Cooperative Extension.

“Recipes for Osteoporosis” – “Bone healthy” recipes from University of Illinois Extension.

Tips to Reduce Food Waste and Preserve Fresh Food

Tips to Reduce Food Waste from

Canning & Preserving Instructions & Recipes

Food Preservation How-To Videos, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Family Ideas

Budget-friendly ideas for feeding your family for an extended time while maintaining a balanced diet. 

Make the Most of Your Time at Home: Talk about a full house! If you’ve suddenly found yourself and your children stuck at home, find productive and healthy ways to fill the time.

Cooking with Oysters and Clams

Our Extension Marine Team has great resources on cooking with our abundant supply of oysters and clams. Check out their tips on harvesting and cooking here.

Want a refresher on how to Store, Shuck, and Cook local Oysters and Clams? Check out this brochure Tips for Fresh and Tasty Shellfish!

Need some help learning to shuck an oyster or clam? These demonstrations are helpful:



Recipes abound on the web for shellfish, here are some local suggestions to start:

Shellfish are part of a healthy diet. Check out nutritional profiles of our shellfish here

Cleaning & Disinfecting

Resources for Washing Your Hands