Food and supplies to have on hand when the power goes out


Posted on August 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Frank Davis

Foods to have on hand when the power goes out


All these foods should be small size or individual servings


Safety Notes

Be sure to have on hand all special medications-cardiac, diabetic, etc.

Buy extra propane cans for the camp stove

Sterno makes a great source of heat for emergency cooking.

Once the power goes out, the refrigerator will keep foods cold for up to 4 hours if the door is kept unopened.

A full freezer will help the temperature constant for 48 hours if kept unopened. A freezer half full will hold the temperature constant for 24 hours.

Throw out anything that has been stored above 40 degrees for 2 hours or longer.




  • Instant coffee-for whenever you get the craving!
  • Sugar substitute packets-goes with the coffee.
  • Small bottle non-dairy creamer-needed for the coffee.
  • Pam Spray-for making pancakes and heating canned meats
  • Parkay Squeeze Margarine-for pancakes, sandwiches, veggies
  • Chef Boyardee Beef-A-Roni-heat in a small saucepan
  • Chef Boyardee Ravioli-heat in a small saucepan
  • Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs-heat in a small saucepan
  • Canned spaghetti and meatballs (family size)-heat in saucepan
  • Canned spaghetti and meat sauce (family size)-heat in saucepan
  • Campbell Select Beef and Mushroom Soup-heat in saucepan
  • Campbell's Chunky Sirloin Soup-eats like a full meal.
  • Beenie Weenies-place the can in hot water and eat right from the can.
  • Vienna Sausage-non-perishable meats
  • Tuna in water-non-perishable meats
  • Hormel Chili-non-perishable meats
  • Beef Stew-another meal in the can; just heat in a skillet
  • Spam-another good source of non-refrigerator meat
  • Corned Beef-a good source of meat; use for sandwiches/meals
  • Tyson Canned Chicken-a good source of meat; use for sandwiches/meals
  • Chicken and Stars Soup in Hand-transfer to a saucepan and heat
  • Hormel Potted Meat-the old standby source of nutrition/spread on crackers.
  • Mrs. Butterworths' Syrups-individual servings for pancakes
  • Shake-N-Pour Buttermilk Pancake Mix-just add water/fry in Pam
  • Melba Toast Rounds-spread with peanut butter or jelly
  • Lance Toasty 8-Pak Peanut Butter Crackers-quick snack food for kids
  • Kraft Cheese & Crackers-quick snack food for kids
  • Planters freeze dried peanuts-good nutritional snackfood
  • French's Mustard-for flavoring canned meats
  • Blue Plate Mayonnaise (Squeeze)-for sandwich dressing
  • Creamy Peanut Butter-high protein/quick nutrition
  • Welch's Grape Jelly-spreak on melba toast
  • Chicken bouillon cubes-dissolve in water to flavor blah foods
  • Astor Mashed Potatoes-quick "stick to your ribs" nutrition
  • Velveeta Cheese-buy smallest packages so storage is not an issue.
  • Bag of Snickers-comfort food
  • Life-Savers-a little something for your sweet tooth.
  • Nabisco Fruit Snacks-for your sweet tooth/comfort for the kids
  • Tasty Gold Dried Fruit Chips-quick snacks
  • Tasty Gold Dried Plums-quick snacks
  • Banana Chips-substitute for the real thing
  • Tropical Medley-fresh fruit without the spoilage
  • Chinet Paper Plates-no dishes to wash
  • Gerber's Baby Food-special hurricane rations for the baby
  • Keebler Graham Crackers-eat as snack/also comfort food for the kids
  • Bounty Paper Towels-you'll need lots of these for cleanup
  • Chinet Napkins-another disposable product for use in the storm
  • Plastic forks and knives-essential disposable utensils
  • Niblets Corn - an "eat right from the can" vegetable source, hot or cold
  • Bush Baked Bean Packets-single serving size; very nutritional
  • Lima Beans-place the can in hot water and eat right from the can
  • DelMonte Raisins-nutrition in single packages
  • Lucky Leaf Apple Sauce-alternate source of fruit
  • Trail mix-purely for snacking (but healthful)
  • Pop Tarts-an alternative source of breakfast for kids of all ages
  • DelMonte Assorted Misc Fruit Bowls-alternative source for fruit
  • Broccoli-Rice packet-poach in water and serve hot; hassle free
  • Instant Rice-simmer in hot water, dot with margarine, and eat hot
  • Ginger snaps-even in a hurricane you gotta have cookies.
  • Granola bar variety pack-instant energy when you need it
  • Zone Nutrition Bars-high nutrition without all the hassle
  • Golden Graham Cereal-breakfast for the kids-they don't need milk
  • Nutri-Grain Apple-Cinnamon Bars-another nutrition or breakfast source
  • Unsalted crackers-for potted meat, peanut butter, etc. Avoid salt!
  • Wheat bread loaf
  • Carnation Instant Milk-mix with water for instant dairy for cereals, etc.
  • Apple Juice Box Drinks-great way to keep the kids healthy
  • Lipton Diet Tea (Instant)-makes a refreshing drink even without ice
  • Abita water (gallon)-need at least 3 gallons per person per day
  • Plastic cups-for water and cereal and kids snacks
  • Portable chef's stoves/propane powered-insure good ventilation.