Food to Stockpile for a Hurricane

During a natural disaster, keeping your body going is not going to be the same as your everyday diet. Due to the lack of electricity and obstructed roads, supermarkets will either be closed, out of supplies or not reachable, so your food will be limited. Keeping these factors in mind, you will want to eat higher quality foods, that will keep you fueled up longer. Foods include sources of high energy and high protein, avoiding things like ramen and sugar. Keep a simple rule in mind, garbage in, garbage out. 

What Foods You Should Always Stock

Some foods you'll want to keep for long periods of time, so it's important they have long expiration dates. It's also a good idea to keep a list of your supplies... in a non-electrical dependent format (write or print out a list). Don't forget your can opener or you won't be able to access any of those caned goods you've stockpiled.

Bottled Water
Water is an essential item and should be stocked, at all times. It's recomended you stock enough for each person in your home to use 1 galon a day, for 3 days. That's a bare minimum number. If you want to go full prepper, you'll have 30 days for each person. Keep in mind, each indiviual should drink about 1/2 a galon, per day, with the other half used for washing and cookinig.

Canned Vegetables (green beans, carrots, etc...)
Probably the staple of every pantry, canned vegetables provide the cornerstone of nutrition.

Canned Tuna
Normally, canned you can expect canned tuna to last 2 years in cans, although, the vaccuum sealed pouches don't last that long. Their average shelf life is somewhere around 6 months.

Peanut Butter
Invented in the late 19th century as a source of food for people without teeth, peanut butter is an excellent source of fats and protein . Unless the jar directs you to do so, peanut butter doesn't have to be refrigerated after you open it.

Crackers can be used as a replacement for bread, when you want to make sandwiches. Whole-wheat or whole grain crackers tend to have a shorter shelf life, but have a higher fiber and fat content that can really pay off, when you're hungry. Vaccum packing your crackers is also a good idea, to help keep them fresh.

Nuts or Trail Mix
Convenient and packed with energy, these high energy foods are great for snacking. Mixes shipped in vacuum packed containers keep the contents fresh, as nuts are subject to oxidation.

We're not talking about fruit loops, but multi-grain goodness.

Dried Fruits
Providing large amounts of calories, vitamins and minerals, some offer vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber. These are an alternative to fresh fruit you should keep stocked.

Canned Chilli and Soups
Chill and soups are sources of protein that you may eat straight from the can. 

Power Bars/Protein Bars
With a typical shelf life of six months, power bars are a filling, excellent source of carbs. 

Sports Drinks (Gatorade or Powerade)
Often, you can buy these drinks in powdered form and mix them with water. Sports drinks are great at replenishing lost electrolytes and carbohydrates. 

Irradiated or Powdered Milk
Since most dairy products require refrigeration, powdered milk can supply a source of calcium and vitamin D. Irradiated milk tastes just like regular milk, but has a long shelf life and must be kept cool, after opening. 

Sugar, Salt, Pepper
You'll want a supply of these basic ingredients, to help improve the flavor of your food. 

In case your missing anything in your new diet, these are necessary for closing any gaps.

What to Stock, Right Before an Emergency

Usually, we have plenty of warning before a hurricane hits, to buy supplies. This gives us time to run to our local produce stands or farmers market to buy fresh produce items, such as apples and other vegetables. We recomend you try your local farmer's market, first; the food tends to be more fresh than what you'd find at the grocery store or supermarket, plus, you'll be sourcing local.

Portable and handy, apples can last up to three months, in the right conditions. Keep them dry and away from perishable fruits, like bananas, which will cause the to ripen and spoil. For an epic energy boost, combine apples with peanut butter. 

Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
Starchy and full of energy, potatoes keep well and are excellent side dishes. Increase their life by storing them in a cool, dark area. Sweet potatoes are considered, by many, to be a super-food.

Citris (Grapefruit, Oranges, Satsuma)
Highly acidic and with tough, leathery skin, citris can last for weeks without needing to be refrigerated. Pick them just before they ripen, and they'll last even longer. Oranges, grapefruit, lemons and satsumas contain vitamin C, a required vatimin to stave off skurvy.

Purchased unripe, avocado can last a week without refirgeration.

Again, unripe tomatoes will ripen and can last several days without need for refrigeration.

These can be eaten raw and will last several days outside the fridge.

Hard Packaged Sausages
When you get tired of tuna or canned chicken, you can throw some dry-cured soperessata salami in the mix. When unopened, they can last six weeks in the pantry.

Food Safety

You don't want to get food poisoning, or worse, give your family food poisoning during an emergency. Food poisoning can lead to increased water consumption, intense pain, vomiting, dihareah, dehydration and death. 

With no electricity, your frozen or refrigerated foods will start to warm. How will you know what's safe to eat? generally, food that has spent more than four hours at over fourty degrees fahrenheit isn't safe to eat. If your foods still have ice crystals, they are cold enough to safely eat. You will want to reduce the access to the fridge and freezer as much as possible, only opening them when necessary. Keeping the doors closed witll slow the thawing process.

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