Food Safety during power outage

Food Safety during power outage

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If you are fortunate enough to be enduring a power outage in a cold climate, then moving foods outside and storing them in garbage bags or buckets can help in their preservation. However, for situations that arise during warmer temperatures, it is important to consume what you can in a few hours and discard the rest.

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Rely on Your Pantry

Having a pantry stocked with non-perishable items such as canned foods and dried goods will provide options when the fridge becomes useless. However, it’s important to have an assortment of items that will meet the daily nutritional and caloric needs that you and your family require. You also want to have a secure supply of water available in case municipal systems fail or your well stops working.

However, you are not limited to eating crackers and peanut butter during an emergency. Just because you don’t have a refrigerator doesn’t mean that you can’t cook. You can also enjoy many canned products cold if worse comes to worse. The bottom line is that your main line of defense against hunger during an extended power outage is what you have on your shelves.

The main downside to storing meals in a pantry is that much of what is commercially produced is not that healthy. One alternative to consider is purchasing a survival food kit as well as building a stockpile of homemade canned items.

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Canning

Canning involves the preparation of meals that can be preserved in vacuum-sealed mason jars for extended periods of time. The good news is that the process is very simple, and your menu options are only limited by your creativity. The bad news is that it takes time to prepare the items. Getting started now, and maintaining an ongoing rotation of homemade meals can help to ensure that you never run out of healthy food options.

You can prepare soups, fruits, vegetables, meats and entrees ranging from pastas to beef stew. They will also lack the additives and preservatives that most store-bought items include. Since most of the items will be pre-cooked, you don’t have to rely on a stove in order to eat them as well. While some things may not seem all that appetizing if eaten cold, it beats the alternative.

Balancing the Diet

Whether you use store-bought items or make them yourself, it is important that you have reserves that will combine to give you a balanced diet. Eating bags of chips or cookies all day long for an extended period of time is not healthy, and healthy eating is essential during any prolonged stressful situation.

There are differing views on how much food to store, and only you can decide on how many rations to keep in the home. However, make sure that you are stocking up on fruits and vegetables, grains, meats or fish that can all be stored in cans and consumed cold if necessary. Keep in mind that many items that we normally keep in our pantries, even healthy things require cooking. Dried pastas, rice, beans and potatoes need to be prepared, and this may be a problem during a power outage. These items also require a lot of water for cooking, and water should be cherished and conserved above all else. It’s better to diversify and ensure that you have all of your bases covered in case cooking is also out of the question.

It only takes a short time to give you and your family a reliable source of food security.   Start building up or creating your stockpile today so that you will be ready when the lights go off.

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