Do you know what to cook when you’re dealing with an emergency? If not, it’s helpful to have a list of meals you can prepare for the family, even if there is no power in the home. Not only can you make a list of the best meals to make when experiencing an emergency, but you can also make sure you stock up on those essential ingredients needed to complete the meals. Most of the ingredients you’ll use in an emergency have a long shelf life or can get put in the freezer until you’re ready to use them. Here is what to cook in an emergency!
While you don’t have to rush out and buy everything at once, it’s a good idea to start stocking your pantry today. You can build a stockpile by catching these items while they’re on sale and using coupons to get everything at a discounted price. It’s the easiest way to stay within your budget while stocking up for emergencies.
What to Cook in an Emergency
Canned Meats and Canned Veggies
Always have plenty of canned meats and vegetables in your pantry for a potential emergency. When the power goes out, that means food in the fridge and freezer will eventually start to spoil. The good thing about canned meats and veggies is that they last a lot longer. While canned meat isn’t the healthiest choice, it’s something that can keep your family fed during a problematic situation.
You can buy canned…
- mini sausages
- corned beef
- mixed vegetables
- string beans
- and even taco meat
- chicken cans from Costco are awesome
If you look at the canned food section of your grocery store, you’ll find tons of options. Even if you have picky eaters at home, you shouldn’t have a problem finding something they could eat in an emergency. While it’s possible to eat most canned foods without cooking them, you can heat them over a grill or open fire if you prefer to have them hot. In case you missed this post, Canned Foods I Highly Recommend You Store
Grilled Meats and Fresh or Frozen Vegetables
A grill comes in handy during emergencies. While you might have one for cookouts with family and friends, it’ll get put to good use if you’re without power and unable to cook food any other way. When you have a grill, the options are endless. You can prepare grilled chicken, hot dogs, burgers, and other meats. You can also prepare assorted vegetables on the grill, such as sliced carrots, chopped zucchini, and potatoes.
Grilling meats and vegetables is a simple, stress-free way to prepare food in an emergency. If you’re without power, but you have a cooler with ice in it to keep food fresh, you can even store leftovers in the cooler with the ice and then reheat them on the grill for a few minutes when you’re feeling hungry.
Foil Pack Meals
Preparing foil pack meals makes sense when dealing with an emergency. If you’ve never had one before, you might not know what a foil pack meal contains. You would grab a large sheet of aluminum foil and add a few different ingredients to it, such as raw ground beef, peas, corn, and diced potatoes. Mark tells me that these were called “tin foil dinners” or “cowboy dinners” when he used to go camping as a boy scout.
After you’ve added your ingredients to the foil, you fold it closed and then cook it over a campfire or grill until the meat is no longer raw. It’s an easy way to make a quick, filling meal in an emergency. You can create custom foil pack meals based on what each family member prefers eating. Heavy-Duty Foil
Canned or Homemade Soup
You can’t go wrong with preparing soup during an emergency. Whether it’s canned soup or something you’ve prepared and put in the freezer, you can reheat it in the microwave or over a fire. You might need to prepare the soup over an outdoor fire if the power is out and you can’t use your stove or microwave. You’d pour the soup into a pot and hold it over the open flame for several minutes until it begins to boil before serving it with crackers. I highly recommend a Butane Stove with extra canisters stored to support your emergency prep efforts.
If you’re a vegetarian, you might think that you’ll only have the option of eating vegetables when dealing with an emergency. However, you can buy canned fish, such as tuna, salmon, and sardines. You can eat them directly from the can, mix them with mustard or mayo, and even eat the fish on bread to have a filling sandwich.
Pasta with Sauce
It’s always good to have boxes of pasta that you can prepare in an emergency. Pasta is cheap, readily available, and easy to prepare. You can cook pasta by boiling water on the grill or over an open fire, even without having the power on at home. Once you’ve boiled the water, you can add pasta to it, allowing it to cook before draining it and adding the sauce. You can use the canned or jarred sauce with an extended shelf life. If you want to make the meal more filling, you can even add chopped pieces of canned meat to your pasta.
Always have peanut butter in your pantry for a potential emergency. It’s good because it’s an excellent source of protein. Besides providing you with protein, it tastes good, and you can use it to make different foods. You don’t need to add it to anything to enjoy it. You might want to eat it with a spoon. However, you can also add it to bread with jelly, jam, hazelnut spread, or fluff to prepare sweet sandwiches.
You can even spread it on crackers for a quick snack during an emergency. I started buying smaller jars of peanut butter so if I open one, it will not go rancid before I use it up. Therefore, my other jars of peanut butters’ shelf life are good until the expiration date or a bit longer.
What to Cook in an Emergency
Knowing what to cook in an emergency is essential. If you’re in a dire situation and don’t have power at home, you’ll need to start a small fire or set up the grill and prepare different meals to keep the family fed. You can’t predict when an emergency will occur, but you can make sure that you’re ready for anything that gets thrown your way. When you’re making the grocery list for the week, add some of these important items to it. You can put the non-perishable foods in the pantry and hold onto them until you truly need them. In an emergency, do you know what to cook? Tell me what you plan to do for meals in an emergency. If you’ve had to deal with meal prep during an emergency, what did you do, and what would you do differently to make things go more smoothly? May God Bless this world, Linda.