We may no longer be living in the northeast where winters are long and cold but it is still important to be prepared for any winter emergency. Here are a few winter emergency food safety tips.
As you stock food for a winter emergency it is important to take into account your family size and their unique needs and tastes. You want to include food your family will enjoy and that are also high in calories and nutrition. Foods to store are foods that require no refrigeration, water, special preparation, or cooking are the best.
In the northeast we could have ice storms, power outages or even a big nor’easter, causing us to loose basic services like gas, water and electricity for several days. If you are prepared for such emergencies can make them less difficult and more like and adventure.
Planning for short-term, about three days, emergency food needs may be as simple as increasing quantities of some staple foods and non-perishable foods you normally would use. Keeping a well-stocked pantry also makes meal planning easier and quicker as an everyday strategy.
Use the following checklist to stock your winter pantry.
Food: Non-perishable packaged and or canned food. Such foods that require no refrigeration, preparation, or cooking are the best.
- Boxed or bagged cereals
- Canned or aseptically packaged juices, soup, fruits and vegetables
- Staples such as sugar, salt and pepper.
- Ready to eat canned meats such as tuna fish or salmon.
- High energy foods such as nut butters, nuts, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix.
- Special foods needed for infants, the elderly or people on a special diet.
- Comfort foods such as cookies, candies, sweetened cereals, instant coffee, tea bags and hot cocoa.
- Water – figure on one gallon per person per day! Keep a three-day supply for each person in your household and replace every six months.
- Disposable plates, cups, paper towels, napkins and utensils and a hand powered can opener.
If your electricity does go off use perishable food and foods from the refrigerator first. Without power the refrigerator will keep food cool for 4-6 hours.
Next use the food from the freezer. A full-freestanding freezer will stay at freezing temperature about two days; a half full freezer will only stay cold for about one day.
Next use up the non-perishable foods and staples.
Creating a winter pantry with a three day supply of food is not hard and you will be thankful you took the steps in case you do experience a winter emergency.
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