Emergency Meals Ready After Any Disaster

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It’s day two of my get ready for emergency meals by sharing some lunch ideas with you today. Last year was a brutal winter for many  communities worldwide. We had record snowfalls and it looks like we are heading that way again this year. On the news yesterday a reporter mentioned a whopping five feet of snow fell just outside of Buffalo, New York with more due to fall today, and more is on the way this weekend…oh my goodness. This is a good reason to make sure our pantries are packed with a few extra items in case traveling due to the ice and the snow is impossible. Last year I remember several people sending me emails about running out of milk or bread when the roads were iced over.

Emergency Meals Lunch Number One:

Please keep in mind these are only suggestions. We all have certain diets and can’t eat certain food items. I would love to say I will run out to my garden and pick some fresh tomatoes. Everything in the garden is cleaned out waiting to be replanted next year. So my pantry, freezer or refrigerator will be my only choice to feed my family if the roads are iced over or we have a power outage that goes on for days. I need to be able to open the pantry at least and scrounge for some items. Here is my post about breakfast meals from yesterday. So here we go with lunch.

The two containers above on the left are freeze-dried celery and onions. Here’s the deal, freeze dried foods do not have to be re-hydrated like dehydrated food. You can add these to any recipe and make a sandwich or a salad  with mayonnaise stirred into it. You would need to be able to boil water to cook the bowtie macaron, but a $20.00ish butane stove works great inside your home. If you have a gas stove you can use a match to light a burner to cook it as well. If you have crackers….take some canned chicken or tuna, add some relish, mayonnaise, and lunch is ready in no time at all.

Ready For Emergency Meals-today I have ideas for lunch from your pantry by FoodStorageMoms.com

Emergency Meals Lunch Number Two:

Here again, if you have a butane stove you can make some chili if you have canned beans, tomatoes, and corn. Add some freeze dried vegetables like onion and celery  and you have a hearty soup. Grab your favorite spices to spice up the chili, add some crackers…another lunch is ready in a pinch. If you have some canned fruit serve it as a side dish. Please remember, you need a can opener. I keep several can openers in my emergency buckets. If one wears out or falls apart…no worries, I have more can openers ready to do the job.

Lunch Number Three

Emergency Meals Lunch Number Three:

Here is lunch number three to add to you emergency meals. This one is good old Snack Ramen with some dehydrated veggies I made from frozen vegetables. Add some canned chicken and some  canned fruit and you have another great lunch. I realize Snack Ramen is probably not the most healthy food item, but I also must be realistic. I’m thinking I might have a few neighbors that only have food for today in their kitchen. I can at least share some quick hot soup with them for a day or two.

Ready For Emergency Meals-today I have ideas for lunch from your pantry by FoodStorageMoms.comEmergency Meals Lunch Number Four:

This is lunch number four,complete with my old standby peanut butter and jelly. Add some crackers if you are out of bread and your emergency meal is complete by adding some fruit. The fruit above is my grandkid’s favorite, freeze dried pineapple. Oh, another thing that is awesome is freeze dried corn (not in picture) you can eat it right out of the can as well. Yummy! Now if you have some bread in the freezer you can always pull a loaf out and thaw it. I am trying to keep from opening the freezer if at all possible so I store a few boxes of crackers in my pantry for emergency meals.

Thanks again to my friend Julene, at Prepare Today who wrote a similar post back in October 2012.

 

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11 thoughts on “Emergency Meals Ready After Any Disaster

  • November 20, 2014 at 7:52 am
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    Thanks for sharing some great ideas for lunch when your stuck at home with out power of electricity. I hope your ideas help open the pantry of your readers. The combining of different foods we all should have been storing we can make some pleasing meals.

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    • November 20, 2014 at 8:38 am
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      Hi Kenneth, I hope it opens the pantry of my readers as well. It look like this winter is going to be another brutal one. WOW, the heavy knows I am seeing on the news is scary..Linda

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  • November 20, 2014 at 9:51 am
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    I hope everyone will read your articles and take them to heart. You can never be to prepared. Thanks for the great ideas. I enjoyed reading them.

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    • November 21, 2014 at 10:10 am
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      Hi S, I hope we can all get the word out to remind people to grab a few extra items every week or whenever they go to the grocery store. Put some stuff in your vehicle as well. Thanks so much for commenting, Linda

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  • November 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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    Large jars of mayo and jelly need to be refrigerated after opening. Do you know a good source for individual packs of mayo, jelly, etc? I guess if it was cold enough you could store these in an ice chest outside, but what if it’s not cold enough or if it’s summer?

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    • November 21, 2014 at 10:05 am
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      Hi Kay, that would be a great idea. The packets of mayonnaise. I bet we could get those on Amazon! Maybe even jelly!!! Great tip I will check that out! Thanks so much! Linda

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  • November 20, 2014 at 7:18 pm
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    Some good ideas, I love that canned chicken for chicken salad, I never thought of adding it to Ramen.
    On the Buffalo situation, my mom is stuck at our house, she was supposed to fly back to Buffalo on Tuesday but tons of flights have been cancelled. My niece is staying at her house which has 4ft of snow. Over the phone my mom has been giving her ideas on what to use from the pantry or freezer for meals. Luckily they have power it’s just the not being able to go anywhere to replenish supplies. Plus most stores are either closed or the shelves are empty because they can’t get trucks through for resupply . It will probably be a few more days before they can get back to semi-normal.
    From this experience I’ve learned that I want to package together (maybe in lunch bags?) meal ideas, so if I got stuck somewhere I could call and say just pull out the bag and there’s your meal with instructions.

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    • November 21, 2014 at 8:56 am
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      Andi, this comment gives me chills of fear for people everywhere. I am trying to get the word out to please get some food in your house. Thanks so much for sharing this! Blessings to you and you family, Linda

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  • November 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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    Linda, you’re right about Amazon having the individual packets of mayonnaise and jelly (as well as other condiments). The prices seem to vary greatly, though. I’m going to check to see if Costco or Sam’s carry them. Seems like something they’d have. Also, I wanted to let you know we tried the Kirkland (Costco) roast beef and loved it. I added it to a brown gravy with sliced onions and served it over rice. So tasty, my husband went back for seconds! Just took a few minutes to prepare and will definitely be part of our emergency supplies from now on! Next we’ll be trying the. Kirkland chicken. Thanks for the great ideas!

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    • November 22, 2014 at 8:40 am
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      Hi Kay, oh my goodness I am going to try the Kirkland beef with onions and gravy! I will check at Sam’s and Costco for the small packages. Great tip! Linda

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    • November 22, 2014 at 8:57 am
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      Kenneth, when you said heat registered jerky are you saying commercially packaged jerky or something else? Thanks so much, Linda

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