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:
- Buy canned tuna fish for sandwiches.
- Have some peanut butter and jelly available.
- 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.
- Use up everything you can in your refrigerator or freezer before the power goes out.
- 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.
- Any kind of healthy snack bars.
- Dried fruits.
- Cans of healthy shakes.
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.