The ice storm that has gripped the central part of the country has really got me thinking:
If our power goes out this winter and it is unsafe to travel, what shall we eat?
Without electricity of course, we won’t be able to use the refrigerator, stove, microwave, etc.
I don’t have a grill (well, just a little George Foreman). But, I do have a little fondue pot-esque ceramic baker that could probably do the trick:
This handy little cooker was a wedding present. You just stick a little tea candle underneath, and pretty soon, the contents are heated.
I wouldn’t want to cook raw meat to an acceptable temperature in it, but I could use it to whip up an emergency hot meal, such as:
-heating canned soup
-heating canned chili, combined with a little Velveeta, and eating with corn chips
-heating canned vegetables
-I bet I could even cook oatmeal in it, if I wanted to
In addition to using the little cooker, we’d eat whatever perishable foods we had first.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, but storing canned goods for emergency use could save you a lot of headache (and tummyache) later.
You know it’s good to save a financial emergency fund for a rainy day–why not save an emergency food and toiletry stash for when it floods (or blizzards, ices over, etc.).
What other ideas do you have for emergency cooking? What supplies are in your emergency stash? What will you cook with?
If you’ve lost your power or have been affected by the latest ice storm, I hope you’re doing ok!