Now is the time to get prepared before the threat of a storm.
Listed below are some quick-to-prepare canned foods that do not need to be cooked or refrigerated before opening. You can store all canned foods for up to one year without loss of quality. Freeze-dried and dehydrated items, if kept dry, can be stored indefinitely. In addition to food, stock at least 10 gallons of drinking water - enough to reconstitute at least four quarts of dry milk per day for at least a week - and for other drinking purposes.
FOODS TO AVOID
Any of the following foods that have been without refrigeration for two hours or more should be avoided:
Meat, poultry, seafood Cooked vegetables Foods made with cream sauces or mayonnaise Cream cheese Cottage cheese Milk, Custard, Cream Pie Home-cooked vegetables unless they can be boiled for 10 minutes after opening (20 minutes for spinach and corn) Melted ice cream Nonperishable Canned Foods
Main-dish items: Beef Chili with Beans Potted Meat Chicken a la King Ravioli Chicken & Dumplings Refried Beans Chicken Stew Salmon Corned Beef Sardines Ham Loaf Spaghetti & Meatballs Macaroni & Cheese Tuna Pork and Beans Vienna sausage Pork Luncheon Loaf
Vegetables* Beans, all types Mustard Greens Blackeyed Peas Okra Carrots Sweet Potatoes, Yams Corn Tomatoes, Tomato Juice Green Peas Turnip Greens Hominy Yellow Squash Mixed Vegetables Zucchini
*Home-canned vegetables are best avoided since these vegetables must be brought to a rolling boil, covered, and boiled for 10 minutes before using (20 minutes for spinach and corn, 10 minutes for others).
Fruits and Juices Applesauce Pineapple Fruit Cocktail Plums Peaches Fruit Juices Pears Ready-to-eat Foods Bottled Hot Sauce Packaged Taco Shells Bottled Salad Dressing Peanut Butter Catsup Preserves Cheese Spreads (in jars) Raisins Corn Chips Salt, Pepper Cookies Tartar Sauce Crackers Spanish Peanuts Dry Cereals
Sugar, Honey Evaporated Milk Vinegar Graham Crackers Worcestershire Sauce Mustard
Dehydrated Foods (requires only the addition of water or some form of reconstituted milk)
Instant Breakfast Instant Puddings Instant Chocolate Drink Powder Nonfat Dry Milk Powder
PREPARING FOODS DURING A POWER FAILURE
Cooking and eating habits must change to fit the situation during a power failure. You may have no heat, no refrigeration, and limited water. In addition, health risks from contaminated or spoiled foods may increase. Follow these instructions when preparing food during a power outage. Conserve Fuel