When it comes to Hurricane food, you want something that is easy to prepare, healthy and delicious. This blog provides you with a variety of recipes from soups to fast-food style meals that can be made in minutes and leave your stomach full.
Food For Hurricane
During hurricane season, your emergency plan should include a list of items that you can keep stocked in your home. This hurricane preparedness grocery list should include a first aid kit, water, non-perishable foods and other supplies you may need if you evacuate or stay home during a storm. Check out this emergency supply list to prepare yourself and your family.
- 1 Gallon of drinking water per day per person
- Dry cereal
- Canned fruits
- Canned vegetables
- Canned juice
- Ready to eat canned soups and meats
- Canned pasta
- Canned beans
- Peanut Butter
- Granola and energy bars
- Pasta Sauce
- First aid kit
- Toilet paper
- Moist towelettes
- Garbage bags
- Dish soap
- Aluminum foil
- Paper towels
- Paper plates and cups
- Plastic utensils
- Food storage bags or containers
- Tool kit
- Mosquito Repellent
- Rain gear
- Plastic sheeting
- Duct tape
- Lighter fluid
- Manual can opener
- Fully-charged cell phone
- Strike-anywhere matches
- Pet food
- Leash and collar
- Water and food bowls
- Formula or baby food
- Rash ointment
Hurricane Foods You Need in Your Emergency Kit
If you’re a Florida native, chances are you’re a seasoned hurricane pro. This doesn’t mean you don’t panic every time you hear that there’s a potential tropical storm off the coast of the Bahamas, but it does mean you’re used to preparing quickly. Because hurricanes tend to occur during the end of summer, there are usually a good amount of part-time residents or vacationers stuck here to ride out the storm. There are certain must-do’s to prepare for a storm, including protecting your A/C unit and purchasing non-perishable “hurricane food.”
Why Are Non-Perishable “Hurricane Foods” Necessary?
Unless you’re one of the lucky ones with a generator, your power will most likely go out due to the storm. In this case, your refrigerator should remain shut so your refrigerated food won’t spoil and smell. You’ll lose electricity which prevents you from using your microwave or electric stove. So, it’s important to keep non-perishable foods in your emergency kit!
Will My Gas Stove Work Without Power?
This is great to know before hurricane season is in full swing, so you know what food you can get. Nowadays, gas stoves are often still dependent on electricity to light the burners on a typical day. However, on some models, you can bypass the electrical ignition during a power outage by using matches to light the burners instead. You can check your owner’s manual to see if your stove top has an interlock, which would prevent you from being able to use your gas stove without power. Here’s what you need to do to use your gas stove with no electricity:
1. Turn Your Stove Off
Make sure your burner knobs are turned to the “off” position.
2. Light a Match
Strike a long wooden match (to lower the risk of burning yourself).
3. Put Fire to the Flame Ports
Hold the match directly to the flame ports. Use extreme caution!
4. Make Sure the Stove Is on Low Heat
Turn the knob to the lowest possible setting.
5. Put out the Flame
Blow out the match.
6. Heat Your Food
Heat your food and turn the burner “off.” This should put the flame out immediately.
What “Hurricane Food” Should I Get?
Getting the right food items can be tricky. While the random food and toilet paper shortages of 2020 have prepared Floridians for hurricane season, it’s also made us more resistant to the thought of canned foods. That’s why the experts at Home-Tech wanted to provide a list of healthy, tasty non-perishables you can keep on hand from June 1st to November 30th.
It’s important to stay hydrated during a storm, especially if you have no electricity. As the temperature begins to rise after your air conditioning stops working, reach for these drinks instead of drinks high in sugar.
- Sports drinks like Gatorade and PowerAde
Protein can be hard to eat when you don’t have the ability to use a stove or oven. These items are high in protein and can be eaten without preparation.
- Nuts and nut butters
- Beef jerky
- Canned tuna, salmon and other fish
- Canned chicken
- Bean salad (mix of canned beans) with oil, vinegar and seasonings
Everyone loves fruit, right? Well, during a hurricane you may crave it even more because it can be refreshing. Opt for these foods rather than fresh cut fruit that you’d need to keep cold.
- Fresh fruits like apples and oranges stay fresh for a week or two without refrigeration
- Dried fruits
- Canned/jarred fruits
Canned veggies are popular during a hurricane. These vegetables are the most common to eat without heating. Many brands now have “snacking” vegetable packs as well, that make eating vegetables even easier.
- Green peas/green beans
- Artichoke hearts
Bread is a great staple for hurricane season, because it can stay fresh for a couple weeks. Keeping whole grain bread on hand is perfect for PB&Js.
- Whole grain bread
- Whole grain cereals (you can eat this with boxed almond milk)
- Soak oats or whole grain couscous overnight for “cooked” grains
Healthy Snack Foods
Reaching for chips and candy will leave you feeling lethargic and thirsty. These snack foods will leave you fuller for longer, so you won’t have to snack as much.
- Energy/snack bars
- Trail mix
- Rice cakes
- Pita chips
- Dark chocolate
A Hurricane Food Supply Guide for Families
With hurricane season starting soon in the Atlantic (Hurricane season runs from June 1st until November 30th on the East Coast of the United States), residents are being advised to start making their hurricane emergency plans. Even an indirect hit from a hurricane with rain and the damaging wind has the potential to knock out power for days. So, you should be prepared in case you might not have the electricity to cook dinner or run the refrigerator. Think shelf-stable foods and fruits and vegetables which are slower to spoil. We’ve put together a shopping guide filled with healthy options for your hurricane food kit. When making up your shopping list, be sure to consider whom you’re buying for and include diet-specific foods for family members who require a special menu. Is there a young child in the house? Someone with a gluten allergy?
Healthy Hurricane Food Guide
Water: A gallon per person, per day, enough for at least seven days. Or if you buy the bottles, that’s eight 16-ounce bottles per person or 56 bottles for seven days. Sport drinks can also help you rehydrate and replenish fluid when water is scarce.
Milk: Shelf-stable milk in single-serving boxes. Sneakz chocolate, vanilla and strawberry milks come in Tetra Pak cartons, which remain safe and nutritious without refrigeration. Plus, each 8-ounce box also contains a nutrient-rich mix of five vegetables — carrot, cauliflower, sweet potato, spinach and beets — along with more fiber and less sugar than other leading flavored milks in the marketplace and many smoothie and juice drinks.
Caffeine: Instant coffee, tea bags. You can now also buy cold brew that can be stored either warm or cold!
Fruit: Single-serving fruit cups, applesauce, dried fruits and 100% fruit juice (not fruit drinks or punch). When a storm is a few days away, buy apples, oranges and avocados. Vegetables: Canned vegetables and soups with vegetables. Look for low-sodium or no-sodium-added canned goods, as these are more heart healthy. Plus, salty foods will make you thirstier – not good when you have a limited water supply. When a storm is a few days away, buy fresh veggies like tomatoes and cucumber that can last a few days at room temperature. If you will have access to a working stove, also consider potatoes, sweet potatoes and winter squash which can be stored for a month.
Grains: Crackers, cereal, granola bars, rice cakes, nuts and trail mix. Bread can be purchased when a storm is coming.
Proteins: Beans, boxed tofu, nuts, nut butters, seeds, and canned tuna, chicken and salmon. Or protein powder that can be mixed with bottled water.
Protect Food and Water During Hurricanes and Other Storms
Hurricanes and other severe storms are dangerous and destructive – destroying homes and compromising communities. Floods and power outages from hurricanes, tornadoes, and snow storms can cut off water supplies and quickly contaminate food. Protect yourself, your family, and your pets from foodborne illnesses. Following are steps you can take to preserve your food and water during storms.
Prepare for unpredictable weather emergencies. Have these supplies on hand:
- Thermometers in the freezer and refrigerator
- Containers of ice to keep food cold or to melt if water supply is contaminated or unavailable
- Coolers, frozen gel packs, and dry ice to keep refrigerated food at or below 40 F and frozen food at or below zero F if power is out for more than 4 hours
- Bottled water
- Nonperishable food high on shelves, in case of flood
- Manual can opener
- Bleach for disinfecting
Keep food at recommended temperatures. Keep in mind that perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk, and eggs not kept at recommended temperatures can make you sick—even if thoroughly cooked.
Do not eat or drink anything that has touched flood water, including food packed in non-metal containers.
How to sanitize cans of food:
- Remove labels from cans, which can harbor dirt and germs, wash the cans, and dip them in a solution of 1 cup (8 oz/250 mL) of unscented household (5.25% concentration) bleach in 5 gallons of water.
- Allow the cans to air dry.
- Re-label the cans with a marker. Include the expiration date.
How to sanitize containers, countertops, pots, pans, dishware and utensils:
- Thoroughly wash, rinse, and sanitize anything that may come in contact with food — for example, pans, dishes, utensils, and countertops. Throw away wooden cutting boards or bowls — these cannot be safely sanitized.
- Mix 1 tablespoon unscented household (5.25% concentration) liquid bleach with 1 gallon of water.
- Soak item in the solution for 15 minutes.
- Allow to air dry.
How to make tap water safe to drink:
After a natural disaster, water may not be safe to drink. Area Health Departments will determine whether the tap water can be used for drinking. If the water is not potable or is questionable, then follow these directions:
- Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters if it is available.
- If you don’t have bottled water, you should boil water to make it safe. Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for boiling. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool, and store it in clean containers with covers.
- If you can’t boil water, you can disinfect it using household bleach. Bleach will kill some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms that may be in the water. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for disinfection. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of unscented household (5.25% concentration) liquid bleach for each gallon of water, stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers.
- If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice.
If water supply is still unsafe, boil water or use bottled water.
Once power is restored, check the temperature inside your refrigerator and freezer. You can safely eat or refreeze food in the freezer if it is below 40 F.
If your freezer does not include a thermometer, then check the temperature of each food item. If the item still contains ice crystals or is at or below 40 F, you can safely refreeze it.
Discard any perishable food—for example, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk—that has been in a refrigerator or freezer at or above 40 F 2 hours or more.
When in doubt, throw it out.
Food and supply lists
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The following lists will help you assemble your emergency supplies.
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