Top 10 Hurricane Foods
It is hurricane season here on the East Coast and since the season began we are already on hurricanes that begin with the letter “I”. That’s nine storms in the Atlantic Ocean since June 1st. We’ve been very lucky in North Carolina not be hit by such a storm, but we all know how we need to be prepared. We were almost hit by Joaquin and it would have been a disaster.
Ever since I was a little girl, my mom would always keep a hurricane box stocked with the basics should we ever lose power: batteries, candles, a radio, a first aid kit, water bottles. She also always had a separate box for shelf stable foods that could be eaten cold if needed. Some of these items will be repeated from the Kitchen Staples: Pantry Edition post because they are just as essential for hurricane preparedness.
Really, any can meat. But tuna is the healthiest of the can foods. If you’re not into cans, you can buy tuna in pouches which comes in many different flavors.
Not everyone loves cold beans, but they will do in a pinch. If you want to get super creative with them during a hurricane, get the small cans of beanie weenies. Those are really good cold!
- Powdered Milk
One of the first things to disappear from grocery store shelves is regular milk. Its right up there with the empty bread aisle. What a good prepared person wants to do is buy powdered milk. You can rehydrate it with some of your water supply, although I would advise planning an extra bit of water specifically for this purpose.
- Trail Mix
Go ahead and make this ahead of time, a few days before a hurricane is scheduled to hit. This way it will be fresh. Mix nuts, raisins, chocolate chips (or other sweet), seeds of other kinds. I put mine in a gallon size bag, that way I know I have plenty to go around.
- Canned Soups
Another hurricane staple that is not always the best when it’s cold, but it will do in a pinch.
- Granola Bars/Energy Bars
This is important. Especially the energy bars. If there is a chance you lose power in a hurricane, you want to keep your strength up. You may need to help clean up efforts.
For me, this would probably be Cheerios only. I am particular about my cereal. Cheerios is the only cereal I personally can tolerate without milk.
- Dried Fruit
Dried Fruit is shelf stable and a great way to satisfy the sweet tooth.
- Peanut Butter/Crackers
- Drinking Water
This is the most important thing to have in your preparedness kit. People can live without food for many days, but you must stay hydrated. The rule for the amount of water you should store is 1 gallon per person per day. You want to have at least 3 days worth of water. So if you have a family of two, you need a total of 6 gallons of drinking water.
For water needed for hygienic purposes, we always filled up the bathtub before the storm. During the storm, we collected water in trash cans. Remember, a little bit can go a long way.
Now I know some of these items require a heat source of some kind. I would advise getting a Coleman cooking stove, like people use to go camping, and have plenty of gas to go along with it. Or, if you have a gas or charcoal grill, and are willing to brave the wind, use the grill to heat up your food.
After the storm is over, power may not be restored for several days. This is the time when people in my neck of the woods have “hurricane parties.” This is when people clean out their deep freezers, get together and eat as much as possible.
Be safe out there and Happy Cooking!