Be extra-vigilant about a clean kitchen. Wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds) anytime you enter your kitchen to prep or get food. Regularly clean countertops and handles to your cabinets, refrigerator, and sink clean with household disinfectant.
Wash your produce well. This is something you should always be doing of course, but it’s even more important now. Even if your produce is organic or you won’t be eating the skin (like melons or avocados), rinse it under running water. Unless it’s something delicate such as berries, use your hands or a soft brush to rub the surface while rinsing. Don’t use soap on produce, since some of it can remain on the surface and be eaten.
Get groceries safely. If possible, shop when there are fewer people in the store and try to keep a six-foot distance from other shoppers – or order for delivery or curb-side pickup. For home delivery, ask the delivery person to leave the groceries in a safe spot instead of interacting. You can also reduce the number of trips you have to make to the store by buying things that last longer, such as canned and frozen foods, and shelf-stable foods like pasta and rice.
When you do go to the store, wipe down the shopping cart handle with a disinfecting wipe and wash your hands well when you return. Your local retailer is likely cleaning more frequently, They’ve also been asked to regularly sanitize places customers touch, like screens, door handles, and carts.
Take extra steps with take-out. It’s not safe to gather together in restaurants right now, but getting take-out is fine (and a great way to support local businesses). As with any person-to-person contact now, stay at a safe distance if you can and wash hands after interacting. Once you get home, transfer the food onto a plate, throw away the package, then wash your hands before eating. Though it’s likely not necessary, you can take also microwave your food to steaming to help kill germs.
Be smart about stockpiled food. There’s no need to hoard food right now. Even though some stores have low inventory on certain items, the food supply chain is still strong. That said, if you’ve stocked up to reduce grocery trips, it’s important to keep that food safe. According to the FDA, you should freeze fresh meat within 3-5 days (and poultry within 1-2 days) if you’re not using it. It will last up to a year that way. Eggs are good for 3-5 weeks in the fridge. Arrange your fridge so the items that should be used first are front and center. You’ll avoid food waste that way – and wasted money too.