The Complete Guide to Navigating Your Kitchen While Homebound

Allie Early
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Stuck on what's for dinner tonight? Tomorrow night? The next however long? The landscape of food preparation at home has completely changed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and many families are working hard to stay creative — we're here to help.

In the past 30 days, searches for freezer meal prep have increased 130%, searches for the best non perishable food have increased 50%, and interest in easy baked chicken recipes is up 50% in Google Trends — not to mention people are also searching for information about how to make their food last even longer. We're seeing that search interest around freezing bread is up 550%, and queries about how long your average carton of eggs will last are up 50%, just to name a few trending terms, and our curated guide can help.

Whether you're cooking from what's in the pantry, freezer, or what's left on market shelves, our goal is to bring everyone to the table. Thanks to Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen experts and our editors diligently researching the answers to your most burning questions, we've curated a collection of inspiring pieces to help you navigate your kitchen during these unprecedented times.

Read on for ingenious ingredient substitutions, make-ahead meals to feed big families, easy recipes to make when your kids just won't eat anything, and even basic how-tos, like how to properly freeze and defrost meat or soak that big bag of beans you have sitting on the shelf.

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned


Photo credit: Hearst Owned



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