13 Foods to Stock up on Before a Hurricane Hits
The time to prepare for a disaster is long before the storm hits. We've rounded up a list of non-perishable, no-cook hurricane food items that you should stock in your pantry ASAP.
Access to a safe water supply is key during an emergency. Be sure to have plenty of bottled water ($20 for 35 bottles) on hand before any disaster strikes. It’s recommended that you have one gallon of water per person per day on hand. So if you have a family of four, you need at least 28 gallons for a week’s supply. When preparing for a big storm, make sure you follow these food safety tips, too.
Emergency Food Supply
An emergency food supply ($118 for 104 servings) can’t be beat if you’re looking for a one-stop shopping option. Just add water and wait about 15 minutes before chow time. Have you seen Costco’s Ultimate Emergency Kit?
Powdered milk ($13) is a great source of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Shelf-stable non-dairy milk, such as almond milk ($30 for 6 quarts) is also great to have on hand. These are the best non-dairy milk alternatives.
Peanut butter ($4) is packed with protein. Choose a variety that does not need to be refrigerated after opening, or choose from ready-made and powdered varieties. Have you ever tried powdered peanut butter? Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Granola or Energy Bars
Granola bars ($26 for 30 bars) are ideal for long-term storage and provide the carbohydrates and other nutrients you need to maintain your energy. You could also bake up a batch of homemade granola bars before the storm arrives.
Saltine crackers ($6) are a great pair with high-protein nut butter for a filling snack. Family-sized packs are typically the most budget-friendly options for stocking your pantry. If you have any left after the storm, use them to make one of these recipes.
Dried fruits ($18) are a healthy, shelf-stable snack to have on hand. And fruits that don’t require refrigeration, such as apples and bananas, are also a great choice. Apples are particularly long-lasting and can be stored in a cool and dry pantry for up to four weeks, or in the refrigerator for up to two months.
Canned tuna ($32 for 24 cans), salmon, turkey and other meats provide a convenient source of protein. You can even buy spiced-up tuna pouches ($5) to make things a little more interesting. And of course, there’s always Spam: the wonder food!
Canned vegetables ($26 for 12 cans) are pantry essentials for a reason. Most canned vegetables can be stored up to two years past their best-by date. Stock up with a variety of canned vegetables to maximize your flavor and nutrient options. Try these super simple recipes made with canned foods.
Don’t forget your pets! Stock up on your furry friends’ favorite dry or canned foods, too. Or make these homemade treats ahead to give them something extra delicious while you’re all cooped up indoors.
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