Seize Opportunities to Become a Better Cook During the Pandemic

7 challenges that can offer lasting benefits

Jennifer Haubrich
Published in
7 min readApr 15, 2020


Like just about everything else right now, the pandemic has changed the way we eat. Restaurants are closed, buying groceries is now followed by a time-consuming and anxiety-riddled cleaning ritual, and even the lowly takeout container must be treated with suspicion and care.

I’ve found that during this time, food preparation has become a way to soothe my nerves, maintain a feeling of control, and continue to show love and care to my family while maintaining our commitment to stay home.

Being a home cook has never just been about cooking. It also includes food purchasing, meal planning, and, now more than ever, the ability to adapt. For nonessential workers who are now homebound with a little more time on our hands, this situation offers many opportunities for us to improve both how we run our home kitchens and prepare meals.

1. Limit grocery shopping trips

During a typical B.C. (before coronavirus) week, it was rare for me to visit a grocery store less than twice a week. Some weeks it felt like I was there nearly every day for one reason or another. On average, an American grocery shopper makes 1.6 trips to a grocery store per week.