The lights are out. The roads are littered with debris. You’re stuck in your home. Do you have a healthy amount of Non-Perishable Food For Hurricane Season?
Food and gas shortages, coupled with no power, and contaminated water can create a dire situation for people who are unprepared for these circumstances.
Many people wait until the last minute before the hurricane to buy popular items like, bottled water.
Stores quickly run out of supplies. Empty shelves…We’ve seen it time and time again.
Don’t be that person who’s buying water at the last minute. Get prepared today! Don’t wait until a storm is barreling down towards your property, before you take action!
What is Non-Perishable Food?
Most people think about canned food when they think about non-perishables. Non-perishable food is just a fancy way of saying that the food is shelf-stable.
Shelf-stable food is usually preserved in some way. Such as by dehydration, or treated with heat, which helps kill off foodborne bacteria.
Storing Non-Perishable Food for Hurricane Season
Since bacteria grows best in warm, wet environments, and mold spores can be airborne, it’s best to store foods in an airtight containers preferably with dessicant packs to help wick moisture away from the food.
There are many ways to do it. All of these are great options!
Non Food Items To Stock Up On
Since water may be contaminated in a disaster like a hurricane, it’s a good idea to keep a backup supply of water. You may also want to stock up on stuff like paper plates, and disposable utensils. Or other items that may help save water supplies. Here’s a couple more ideas…
- Paper plates
- disposable utensils
- Manual can opener
- Antibacterial wipes
- Toilet paper
- Gas – Make sure your vehicles are gassed up, just in case you have to evacuate.
- Propane – Also, make sure you have a full tank of propane if you have a gas grill.
- Medicine – over the counter or prescription. You might speak with your doctor before hurricane season about preparing for hurricane season and making sure you will have a large enough supply during an outage.
Check out the entire list of Non-Food Items to Stockpile!
Cooking Without Power
Last year a Category 5 hit our property. Thankfully, we weren’t super close to the eye of the storm, so we didn’t get the worst of it.
It was pretty devastating here though.
It was bad enough for us to evacuate. There were hundreds of trees down all over the roads. Most roads were closed the for 4 or 5 days after the storm hit.
After the storm, I waited until most of the roads opened back up, and then made my way home with the kids.
We still didn’t have power. The stores were doing their best to bring in as much water and generators as possible.
We had supplies though.
We not only a stockpile of food, but the means to cook without power.
A few years ago, during power outages, we would cook and make coffee over a fire.
One year I was gifted a Solo Stove, which made making coffee a little easier.
Which could be a pain at times. I have the means, but honestly I’m pretty used to having the convenience of modern appliances.
Last year, before the hurricane came, we purchased a gas grill (like this one), with a bonus burner on the side.
We used the burner and the grill to make all kinds of meals. It was much easier to use, and it also meant not having to haul firewood!
Before the power came back on, we lost all of our food regardless of all the effort we put in. We filled juice bottles with water and froze them. Which helps to keep things cold when the power goes out.
After a week and a half though, they do thaw. The food goes bad.
We lost hundreds of dollars worth of food. We decided it was time to invest in a generator. So next time, hopefully we won’t lose so much food.
Pet food! Don’t forget about your pets!
Don’t forget your pets in your preps! Make sure you prep food, medicine, and a first aid kit for them!
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Non-Perishable Food For Hurricanes
- Peanut butter
- Cereal, you can pair this with dry milk or even shelf stable milk if you like! You could also buy almond milk or other alternatives. Usually after opening they do need refrigeration.
- Dehydrated foods like fruit, meat and veggies
- Canned meat, bean, veggies, fruit, soups, stews and even chili
- Sports Drinks
- Spices like salt & pepper!
- Shelf stable milk
- Small juice boxes
- Granola bars
- Fermented Foods – If the temps inside your home isn’t super hot or cold, fermented food could be a source of food. Plus, it has some homegrown probiotics. You could be eating tomatoes, carrots, pickles etc…
- Freeze Dried Food from Mountain House!
Easy Hurricane Meals | Non-Perishable Food For Hurricane Menu Ideas
Okay, these non-perishable food for hurricanes can get boring real quick. How do we remedy that?
I have a couple of jazzy ideas that I use during an emergency.
I have a recipe called Chicken & Quinoa Soup. Don’t freak out. Quinoa is like rice, okay, but better. You’ll just have to trust me on this…
Anyhow, I make a version of this soup while camping and during emergencies! It’s the perfect comfort food!
When my meals start to feel boring… Having the same thing over and over, that’s when I whip out my Mountain House favorites!
Chili Mac is a popular meal with kids and adults alike!
Grab the Breakfast Skillet bucket to have an assortment of breakfast items.
The Turkey Dinner Casserole is a personal favorite. It tastes like Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing!
You can also grab a 5 Day Emergency Food Supply. These are great because it’s like buying a variety pack. You won’t get bored with these flavors!’
Pancakes! I love a good fluffy pancake. Who doesn’t?
You can even buy shelf stable syrup to go with it!
Eggs – Our Chickens provide us with breakfast. Sometimes after a big storm we don’t get many eggs from the chickens, but we usually have a pretty good stockpile of them.
Easy Emergency Meals – 2 Week Menu
Want to know How Much Food To Store For Emergency situations? I created not only a food list and how much you should have on hand for each person, but also a menu!
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