Maybe in the spring or the summer, fresh food is our friend — but in the winter it's all about the pantry staples. I'm talking prepackaged, frozen, cured, and canned. And before you turn up your nose to these "snacks", consider this: the following essentials are affordable, easy, nearly imperishable, AND comforting AF. So when the impending frozen days and nights come a knocking, when all you want to do is curl up and Netflix, we've sharpened a shopping list of 12 must-haves that will keep you fueled, happy, and, most importantly, indoors all snow day long.
Snow days are for one thing and one thing only: hibernation. And I actually am alluding to what bears and other wild creatures do: As Merriam-Webster says, "to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state" or "to be or become inactive or dormant." Both definitions strike a distinctly deep cord within my currently frozen over heart. Because when the storms hit throughout this bleak season, I will not be popping out to boozy brunches or traipsing around my neighborhood for a matcha latte and a snow stroll. Instead, I will be assuming the hibernate-position — horizontally parked on my couch under two blankets, three layers of shirts and sweaters, and one pair of overtly fuzzy socks. But the true key to any successful hibernation equation? Sustenance.