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Cooking without power

The recent super storm Sandy left millions of Americans without power and energy. Getting prepared for home cooking without power for several days could be a big problem for some, but we’ll tell you how.

If you are in the path of a hurricane or other strong storm, remember to download a hurricane preparedness guide. It is also important to stock up on more than just bread and milk it is imperative to stock up on water, food and fuel.  When you are informed a major storm is heading your way, make sure that your car fuel tank is full, that your grill has fuel back up, you have a pantry full of bottled water and canned food.

Dried or canned beans, canned tomatoes and pasta don’t need to be refrigerated and you can make a variety of dishes with them. Should a hurricane strike your area, it is important to have enough non-perishable packaged or canned food to last three to seven days. It takes disaster relief at least three days to reach an affected area, so having the minimum on hand is very important.

Here are some hurricane-ready foods that require no cooking:

  • Cans or little individual serving cups of fruit — apple sauce, fruit cocktail, peaches, pears, pineapple, etc.
  • Fruit juices that require no refrigeration — tomato, V-8, grape, apple, etc.
  • Granola bars or any individually packaged snack bars.
  • Nuts — cashews, peanuts, mixed. Whatever is your favorite.
  • Dried fruits – bananas, apricots, raisins, etc.
  • Cereal and/or cereal bars.
  • Peanut butter and crackers.
  • Canned meats. Tuna is our favorite and those pouches make it so convenient!
  • Canned milk or milk in laminated paper cartons. Note that these have a shelf life of about six months.
  • Cookies, chips and other favorite snacks.

During days without power, just follow simple tips below to remain healthy and fit.

Make breakfast cereal with powdered milk

You can still enjoy breakfast in a healthy way, even if you’re powerless for weeks. Simply mix up some powdered milk in one of your extra canning jars. You can mix it in the container and prepare just enough to get you through breakfast. So it means that you don’t have to worry about finding room in your already-overflowing cooler. If oatmeal is your thing, you can always prepare it on a single-burner camping stove, toss in some raisins, and use this same milk-in-a-jar strategy. It’s actually great that way because you don’t have to worry about the milk being cold.

Bulgur for a perfect no-cook meal or side dish

The cool thing about bulgur is that you can put it in a bowl of water to cold soak. Add some freshly squeezed lemon juice along with your veggies and seasonings of choice. If you’re making the bulgur salad your full meal, then you may also want to consider tossing in some canned black beans for protein. You will have easy, cheap and healthy food.

Count on cured meats

Packs of turkey pepperoni and cured salami can be easily stored in your pantry without cooling at any time of the year for hurricane readiness or regular meal prep. Take some of it with veggies and greens for a simple salad with a zing, or mix up some pizza dough and toss on a creative pizza sauce along with some of your cured meat. Put the whole thing on a pizza stone inside a covered grill, and you will have a perfect meal without worrying about power.

Look for vegetables

There are some vegetables that can probably go a few days like cabbage. You can also make cabbage and ramen noodle salad.

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