The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a rough winter – with cold weather and snow potentially starting earlier and lasting longer than usual. Make sure you are prepared for winter’s worst by stocking your pantry and those of any in-need loved ones before the storms hit.
Here are some important tips for putting together your emergency food supplies:
• Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods – items like peanut butter, canned tuna, low-sodium canned soup and canned vegetables
• Include salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals, granola bars, nuts and trail mixes
• Choose foods your family will eat and remember any special dietary needs
• Stock up on bottled water and other beverages like sports drinks and powdered milk. Depending on the storm, bottled water may be needed for drinking, food preparation and/or hygiene. Keep at least one gallon of bottled water on hand per person per day
• Make sure you have access to a manual can opener and that you have disposable plates and utensils on hand
• Remember your pets and have dry or canned food ready for them to eat and extra water for them to drink
|Popular non-perishable and less perishable foods|
|Breads, Cereals, Rice and Pasta||4 – 6 servings / day (look for 50%+ whole grain)||Breakfast cereals, bread, instant rice or noodles, crackers, rice cakes, granola bars|
|Fruits and vegetables||5+ servings / day||Canned fruits and vegetables, juices, dried fruits, instant potatoes, less perishable produce: carrots, apples, oranges, potatoes, raisins, cabbage, winter squash|
|Meat / Protein substitutes||2+ servings / day||Canned meats, canned fish, canned stews, canned baked beans, nuts, and peanut butter|
|Dairy||2+ servings / day||Powdered, canned or shelf-stable milk; canned pudding; hard cheeses; cheese foods or spreads|
In the event that your electricity goes off, use perishable foods from the refrigerator first, foods from the freezer second and your emergency food supplies last. With a little planning, you and your family can have a safe and healthy winter – no matter the weather!