Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Foodie's Emergency Food Supply

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Hurricane Irene has not only done damage along the coast, but it will also do serious damage to our food supply and my stomach. In preparation for the storm, and loss of power, I've been doing some thinking... what kind of foods will last in this hurricane?

Here are a few good ideas of things to keep around the house, some of which you may have to prepare before losing electricity:

1) Bacon. Fry it up while you still have power and bacon can last for days outside a refrigerator. Use bacon in a BLT (no fridge needed for bread, lettuce or tomatoes) and you can eat like a King.

2) Cheese. Without preservatives, cheese is perfectly fine at room temperature -- just know that it might get a bit sweaty in the heat.

3) Eggs. You may be surprised by this one, but eggs do not actually need to be refrigerated. In fact, in Europe you regularly find eggs on the grocery store shelf far away from a fridge or a cooler. If you're lucky enough to have a gas stove that can light without electricity, feel free to eat eggs fried or scrambled till your heart's content. Otherwise if it's electric, boil eggs ahead of time and keep them in the shell. They'll be fine at room temperature as long as you peel them when you eat them.

4) Iced tea. Boil hot water and steep tea bags while you have power. The tea can cool while you are without electricity. It may also be a good idea to keep some ice in a cooler for whenever and whatever you need it.

5) Peanut butter. If all else fails, slap a scoop of peanut butter on a piece of bread and, "viola!" You just made yourself a 5 year old's regular school lunch! Most kids love it and, in a storm, so will you!

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