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Emergency food?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I posted a version of this to the Vegetarian group. I'd appreciate ideas.

Hurricane? Blizzard? What do you keep on hand for emergency food?

Hurricane Sandy is just beginning to bring rain and wind to my neighborhood but nothing EXTREME --- yet. The weather and news reports have been telling everyone to be prepared. Canned foods are at the top of the emergency food lists.

Canned food might be fine for folks who actually eat canned fish (tuna, sardines) but it doesn't count as "food" in my house. I try to eat a minimum of processed, salty foods --- like canned foods.

My pantry shelf of standard canned foods: black beans, red beans, chickpeas, crushed tomato, pumpkin, pineapple chunks. Is this enough for an emergency?

For a more complete list:
We do have more than canned items available "just in case". We always have Teddy Old Fashioned Peanut Butter, a variety of favorite cereals, nuts, raisins, and boxes of pasta. A small assortment of fresh veggies and fresh fruit too.

We are luckier than some because we have a gas stove so I can use the stovetop (but I think the oven is electric ignited/set).

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    BTW- even if you have electric ignition- you can just light a match, hold it near the burner, and then turn on the gas. Put the gas past the "click click" spot.

    We're praying for you and for all East Coasters.
    1905 days ago
    I keep a stocked pantry all year round. I'm a food hoarder. LOL
    But I only buy the stuff that my kids will eat.
    I can't help it ... if I find it on sale --- I stock up.
    Which is why my pantry is filled with air tight containers with tons of food.
    1905 days ago
    And don't forget to store plenty of drinking water!
    1906 days ago
    I used to keep canned foods for hurricanes, but my stomach is always in knots after a storm, and I really can't eat much. So I've settled on cold cereal (eaten without milk), peanut butter, crackers, things like that. Tea, because we have a grill and can always heat water that way. (I've been known to cook over a coffee can filled with charcoal - did that for 3 months after Hurricane Hugo.) After several days, businesses begin to re-open in town and we usually eat one hot meal out each day, then eat cold things at home til the power is back on.
    1906 days ago
    things i keep on hand
    Spaghetti O's
    veg. soup
    V8 juice
    Quaker Squares
    crackers soda
    peanut butter
    powder milk
    chocolate milk mix
    hand held can opener non electric
    paper plates cups plastic silverware
    paper towels
    bottle water
    fruit juices

    1906 days ago
    Water, Torches, radio with batteries, candles and matches, photocopy in a folder of all your important documents ready to take at a moments notice. Crate / box with anything precious, photo's, jewellery etc.. in it easy to get to in a hurry. Spare set of clothing with jumper packed near your emergency Supplies in a cupboard all easy to get to. (All part of your emergency evacuation kit)

    As far as food goes, tinned peas, beans, crackers, baked beans, nuts, tined fruit, Sardines, peanut butter, honey etc.... emoticon
    1906 days ago
    thinking about you and your family let your spark know how you make out. i saw your list of your supplies don't forget and hand held can opener !! not being silly back in 1996 we had a ice storm and many lost powder had the food no can opener and the stores soon ran out emoticon
    thinking about you and DS and praying its not as awful as they fear I am watching the news and praying for all you and your families .
    1906 days ago
    Stay safe! Good luck.
    1906 days ago
    As far as vegetarian stuff, I've got apples, peanut butter, apple chips, trail mix. Have got a bunch of other stuff to since my house isn't vegetarian.
    1906 days ago
  • BOSS61
    We have laid in all kinds of things. The following is our partial list:

    dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter, crackers, rice cakes, cereal, low-sodium versions of canned entrees, apples. bananas, trail mix, tuna fish kits, perhaps some other things
    1906 days ago
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