Unless you plan on picking up a tri fuel generator to keep you power on during a power outage, you better consider where you spend your money on food supplies since you won’t have a functioning fridge.
The food run on food stores is a common characteristic of the weeks and days before an impending storm. People stock up on groceries, water, nonperishables etc. However what many people don’t realize is most food cannot stay unrefrigerated or spoils quickly. And if you don’t have a tri fuel backup generator or some other means of keeping your refrigeration appliances going, you will be faced with enormous amounts of waste in food and money
In order to avoid this waste and be prepared for anything it is important to have the food that will last the longest, and no it’s not Twinkies.
Now also, depending what time of year it is you can potentially buy perishable food, if the temperature outside stays below a certain point. You can keep meats, and other refrigerated foods outside. Unless of course you live in the back country or any other place where wild animals might come rummaging.
Non Perishable: Beans, chili, soups that come in cans are your best option to keep from spoiling. With increased concern for BPA and the linings of cans you might want to check out these brands whose cans are BPA and chemical free.
Dried Fruits: Dried fruits can last over 6 months without spoiling. This is why many ancient peoples enjoyed them. You can either make your own with a dehydrator or buy store bought. Keep in mind store bought typically have added sugar. Try and find ones that don’t’ like this brand.
Nuts: Right next to dried fruit is nuts. Nuts are incredibly healthy and provide and energy and vitamin one two punch. You should be eating nuts all the time, but when it comes to post storm power outages, nuts are your best bet for calories and nutrients.
Bottled Water: You might wonder how people might forget this one, but millions of people have filters on their faucets, however in the case of bacterial contamination, such as what happened on Long Island after hurricane sandy, sewage systems can get flooded, backing up into water supplies. Which is exactly what happened. People went months without clean water. And stores could not keep shelves stocked with water.
Dried Meats: Jerkies are another great food to keep on hand with an upcoming storm. Unless of course you’re vegetarian or vegan. However if you’re still a meat eater you can enjoy different types of jerky available on the market from turkey, buffalo to salmon and trout. Once again you can make your own. However, not the night before a storm. It takes time to get process. And do not buy the kind at your local 7-11, that is full of cancer causing nitrates and other additives. Opt for more natural offerings from your local organic and whole food grocer.
Cereal: Keep it simple. What about milk. Well we suggest you use water or some type of alternative milk product such as hemp or rice which can be stored outside a fridge until used.
Protein Bars: here we definitely suggest you make your own, and here’s a link. Most store bought nutrient bars are packed with unnecessary sugar. Make your own and keep the sugar content at where you would like it.
Lemons, Tomatoes, Stone Fruit, Potatoes, and Onions: None of these items requires refrigeration. So you can pick some up and know you can keep many on hand for several days. They all carry great nutritional value and give you another source of food that doesn’t require refrigeration.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has been all the rave now for the last 5 years. And rightfully so, recent research suggest many of its hailed benefits are actually true. Coconut oil as MCA, medium chain amino acids which are a super food for your body and brain. You can also cook with it and use it as a moisturizer. Here is a link to an article on the other benefits of coconut oil. Keep plenty on hand since it won’t spoil and can give you much needed calories when other food supplies run low.
You can of course avoid having to rough it with these foods and acquire a tri fuel generator for your home. Need to know how much wattage you need? Check out out wattage calculator to discover the right size generator for you and your family.