Foods to have on hand when the power goes out
All these foods should be small size or individual servings
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.