If we lose power from Irene and flooding keeps the utility companies from restoring it for several days, we may have to deal with spoiling food and a lack of a cooking source.
I’ve put together some ideas for coping from the following web sites:
Examples of dry goods you can eat without cooking include: canned beans, canned soups and stews, dry and canned milk, canned fruits and vegetables, granola bars, granola, canned meats like tuna and chicken, nuts and chocolate.
Of course, this is summer, so there’s plenty of fresh produce, too. Tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and more are delicious with just a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.
If it looks like your power will be out for longer than 24 hours, move refrigerator and freezer contents to a cooler packed with ice.
After the rain ends, you can cook outside on the grill. Cook the most perishable foods first.
A few more ideas for no-cook food: dried fruit, nuts, electrolyte drinks.
Some great ideas on this one! I love this: Use bulgur for a perfect no-cook meal or side dish.
Others include: Use foil packets, rely on cured meat, which doesn’t have to be refrigerated (and is so darn tasty), and use foil packets for cooking outside over an flame.
And here’s one from me: Hard boil a bunch of eggs tonight. They can go back in the fridge for now, but if you lose power, they can always sit out on the counter for a while. Most safety recommendations say 4 hours max. But I’ve seen them sit out on the bar at French bistros a lot longer than that.