Do you have a healthy amount of Non-Perishable Food For Hurricane Season? This list is great and can help give you some ideas on what to stock up on.
With everything going on this year, the last thing we needed was an overactive hurricane season. However, it is upon us! I’m saddened to wake up this morning to find that two hurricanes are set to hit around the same spot in Louisiana. My heart is heavy, thinking about the devastation that may happen.
I write these posts hoping that people will get prepared for these life changing storms.
We live in the panhandle of Florida. We are far East of the predicted path of these hurricanes. However, after our area was hit by hurricane Michael a category 5, residents in my town aren’t taking any chances.
Everyone is lining up at the gas pumps, and taking to the stores to pick up supplies. I have a free hurricane preparedness checklist. No sign up for newsletters or anything, it’s totally free. You’ll also want to learn about Storm Prep, placing sandbags, and boarding windows is an important step in preparing for a big storm.
What Is Non-Perishable Food?
Most people think about canned food when they think about non-perishables. Indeed 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.
When stocking up on non-perishable food for hurricane season, make sure you stock up on stuff you’ll actually eat!
How To Not Hoard Food
If the goal really is to not go to the grocery store every week, then clearly we need to think more along the lines of non-perishable foods!
Stock up on food, however, don’t hoard it! Since, it’s not nice for everyone else trying to stock up! Know the difference!
Hoarding is getting more than you’ll need. Whereas, stocking up will fill up your pantry enough for the next thirty days.
Storing Non-Perishable Food For Hurricane Season!
Since bacteria grow best in warm, wet environments, and mold spores can be airborne, it’s best to store foods in an airtight containers preferably with desiccant 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 are 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
Getting Hit With A Category 5 Hurricane
Two years ago 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 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.
Thankfully, we had supplies and didn’t want or need much during this time.
We not only had 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 given 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.
Cooking Food With No Power
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 in the freezer when the power goes out.
After a week and a half though, the food will thaw, and 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.
If you can’t buy a grill maybe you can purchase some camping equipment. I have a post that lists the best camping gear on Amazon. You can find the best camp grills. This post can help you set up an impromptu kitchen after a storm.
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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 Hurricane and other Emergencies
Canned Foods List
Canned food obviously, is a great non-perishable food for hurricane season. It has expiration dates that vary anywhere from 1 to 4 years. Furthermore, it’s best to store canned food items in a cool, dark area. Don’t buy dented, bulging, or leaking cans, since they can contain botulism.
- Corned Beef Hash
- Pie filling
- Coconut milk
- Condensed milk
- Salsa or Rotel
- Beef broth
- Chicken broth
- Vegetable broth
- Beef stew
- Vegetable beef soup
- Chicken noodle soup
- Chicken and rice
- Green beans
- Collard greens
- Mustard greens
- Hearts of Palm
- Mixed Vegetables
- Fruit Cocktail
- Green Chilies
- Garbonzo beans
- Black beans
- Kidney beans
- Cannellini beans
- Navy beans
- Pinto beans
- Lima beans
- Baked beans
- Refried beans
Everyday Items That Surprisingly Store Pretty Well
When stored properly these items usually have at least a year-long shelf life.
- Honey – indefinitely
- Molasses – unopened 10 years
- Rice – brown rice doesn’t keep well since it’s naturally oily. White rice, however, can be stored up to 30 years if stored properly.
- Salt, pepper and other spices and herbs. Salt and pepper may be stored indefinitely if stored properly. Herbs and spices will lose flavor and potency after a few years.
- Sugar – Many types of sugar can last indefinitely.
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- Rice – can last up to 30 years if stored properly
- Quinoa – can last up to 3 years shelf-life
- Barley – can last up to 24 months
- Peanut butter – can last up to 1 year unopened
- Cereal – Milk may be hard to come by however, you can use dry milk instead.
- Dehydrated foods like fruit, meat, and veggies are certainly a great survival food.
- Canned meat, bean, veggies, fruit, soups, stews, and even chili are undoubtedly a great source of non-perishable foods.
- Sports Drinks
- Herbs and spices including salt & pepper
- Pasta – It is usually can last up to 2 years unopened.
- Sugar – can last indefinitely if stored properly.
- Honey – pure honey may last forever.
- Molasses – can possibly last indefinitely.
- Shelf-stable milk or powdered milk
- Small juice boxes
- Granola bars
- Grits – Can last up to12 months
- Fermented Foods – If the temps inside your home aren’t super hot or cold, fermented food could be a source of food. Additionally, it has some homegrown probiotics.
- Freeze Dried Food from Mountain House!
- Mustard – can last up to 2 years unopened
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- Ketchup – can last up to 2 years unopened
- Olives – can last up to 2 years unopened
- Pickles – can last up to 2 years unopened
- Dehydrated Foods – If you’re growing a garden there are multiple ways to save the harvest. Check out how to dehydrate bell peppers.
- Home-canned foods
- Baking soda – has many uses such as cleaning, and cooking.
- Oats – Typically, stored for up to 18 months. It can last up to about 30 years according to this study.
- Pasta – Can last up to 2 years.
- Potato flakes – Should last up to 18 months or more.
- Bouillon – Can last for up to 2 years. Powdered broth.
- Liquid broth or stock – canned or packaged
- Instant Coffee
- Instant Tea
- Whole bean coffee and ground beans – best by dates are usually about a year, but it’s usually safe to use after that date. Caffeine and taste may be affected though.
- Tea – loose leaf tea and tea bags
- Powdered coffee creamer
- Powdered drink mixes like Kool-Aid or lemonade
- Spirit or liquor – not just for drinking you can also use liquor to infuse different fruits and veggies.
- Ramen Noodles – can last 2-12 months. However, be sure to check the expiration date.
- Flour – White flour can last for up to about a year. Whole wheat flour can be stored for 4-6 months. I suggest you store whole wheat grains instead.
- Cornstarch – Will last to up to 18 months.
- Powdered peanut butter
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- Oils and fats – Some oils will last up to a year unopened, however, Ghee and powdered butter have a much longer shelf-life.
- Popcorn – Whole kernels can last indefinitely if stored properly.
- Chocolate – Some chocolates can last up to 2 years. Check the expiration date. Keep out of warm temps to avoid melting.
- Cocoa – unopened could last up to 3 years.
- Cream of tartar – a by-product of wine and grape juice. It helps to calm down the swelling of whipped egg whites in some recipes such as meringue, and angel food cake.
- Hot sauce – unopened could last for up to 5 years.
- Bottled fruit juice – unopened can last up to a year. Check expiration.
- Candy – Sugar can be a natural preservative. So some candies can have a long shelf life.
- Dried beans – Most varieties should last at least a couple of years.
- Dried corn – some varieties can be shelf-stable for up to 10 years. Rehydrate by boiling for about an hour.
- Ghee- unopened it’s said that Ghee can last up to 20 years.
- Powdered eggs
- Freeze-dried eggs
- Butter Powder
- Powdered Cheese
- MREs – (Meals Ready To Eat)
- Cornmeal – Can last up to 12 months.
- Soy sauce – should last up to 3 years.
- Vinegar – should last up to 2 years, and some say indefinitely.
- Vanilla Extract – make your own!
- Active dry yeast – Of course, yeast Is used for bread making.
- Maple syrup – typically can last up to a couple of years.
- Tortillas – Sandwich bread doesn’t last long, for this reason, I substitute them with tortillas. Tortillas last much longer than bread does. Additionally, they can be frozen and last even longer!
- Protein Powder
- Greens superfood powder
- Waxed cheeses – cheese that’s encased in wax, generally lasts longer.
- Jerky or dehydrated meat
- Baking powder
- Homemade fruit rolls – A great way to preserve fruit.
Manual Kitchen Gadgets
During an emergency it’s helpful to have manual kitchen gadgets in case the power goes out, you can be self-sufficient.
- Manual meat grinder
- Pasta roller
- Coffee Grinder
- Manual can opener
- Hand powered food chopper (I have this one and love it!)
- Manual Juicer
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!
Certainly, Chili Mac is a popular meal with kids and adults alike!
Grab the Breakfast Skillet bucket because everyone would love to have an assortment of breakfast items.
The Turkey Dinner Casserole is a personal favorite because 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. Furthermore, you won’t get bored with these flavors!
Pancakes! Obviously, everyone loves a fluffy pancake!
In addition, you can even buy shelf-stable syrup to go with it!
Eggs – Our chickens undoubtedly, 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
In case you 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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Finally, this is where I ask you about your ideas for non-perishable foods! for hurricane season. Just in case I missed something, leave me a note in the comments with your suggestions!
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