As we are all preparing for a storm of epic proportions, it occurred to me that some suggestions on how to eat without electricity might be helpful.
Here are some foods that are easy and shelf-stable:
- Bread Crackers
- Peanut Butter
- Jelly Tuna, salmon or chicken in cans or packets
- Canned beans
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit, apple sauce
- Fresh fruits (melon should be refrigerated or quickly consumed after cutting)
- Nuts and seeds
- Dried fruit
- Juice boxes
If you have a gas stove top – despite not having use of the electric starter, you can use a match to light your stove. Pasta, rice, soups and sauces can easily be heated up. Stews and chilies can also be easily prepared. Even popcorn can be made with oil in a covered pot for snacking.
Wonder about your refrigerator and freezer? According to the USDA, a full freezer will keep food cold for 48 hours if opened minimally. A refrigerator will keep food cold for up to 4 hours. You may put ice into your refrigerator to help keep the temperature cold. One tip that I just found, suggested filling old milk or juice containers with water, then freezing them and putting it in your refrigerator. This is a terrific link from the Texas A&M Extension for handling food and drinks when losing power: texaseden.org/disaster-resources/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/handling-food-and-drinks-when-losing-power.pdf
When it comes to milk, if you don’t have the small shelf-stable boxes, another option is using evaporated milk. Instant coffee is the next best thing to a fresh brewed cup if you are desperate for the flavor. Please feel free to share some your favorite electricity-free recipes and strategies with us!