Cooking On A Budget: Hurricane Sandy

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Well the east coast is gearing up for a dead on hit of Hurricane Sandy. As of today, Saturday October 27th they still are unsure of where. We do know that Connecticut could get slammed. In the event that we loose power and you don't see daily posts that will be the reason why.
If you live on the east coast and have a gas stove, a propane grill or charcoal grill you can still eat hot foods. I did not run out to the store and buy anything perishable. I have taken an inventory of our freezer items and the items we made ahead and froze can easily be warmed up as we are lucky enough to have a gas cook top.
For those of you with an electric stove top and you loose power and possibly do not own a grill here are some suggestions:
  1. Buy canned tuna fish for sandwiches.
  2. Have some peanut butter and jelly available.
  3. Make a small amount of macaroni or potato salad ahead. Store it in aluminum pans that will fit and transfer easily to a cooler with ice or ice packs.
  4. Use up everything you can in your refrigerator or freezer before the power goes out.
  5. Keep fruit on hand that does not require refrigeration. Bananas, apples, oranges and pears are some examples of fruits that will be okay on your counter.
  6. Any kind of healthy snack bars.
  7. Dried fruits.
  8. Cans of healthy shakes.
If you have other items in your freezer ask a family member or friend or neighbor who has a generator if they will have room for some of your food should you loose power.

I found a box of pancake mix at Wal Mart that only requires water to mix up a batch. Pancakes would be another on the list - using up the eggs and milk before they go "south".

And one more thing - if you have small children make the time without power better by playing board games and building Lego buildings and other things with Legos.

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