Intro: For many in the East, knowing how to prepare for a blizzard has become very real. It's likely that many people in New York, Maine and other eastern states are right now stocking up on food and making emergency meals ahead of the winter storm that is headed that way. Here are some of the best food for emergency storage.
How to Prepare for a Blizzard: Foods to Have On-Hand
While some people may still be stocking up, the best preparation for a winter storm is before one comes. The following items count among the best foods for emergencies.
You should keep them in your pantry, making sure to check them from time to time to make sure that they're still fresh. However, the foods on this list will last anywhere from six months to two years with a few exceptions.
- Bottled water, canned coconut water and other beverages. These are some of the most important items you'll need as you think about how to prepare for a blizzard. The body can survive without food longer than it can survive without water.
- Peanut butter and bread or rice cakes are nutritious options that count as some of the best food for emergency storage. They work easily into sandwiches or peanut butter on the rice cakes. A few banana or apple slices add some extra flavor and extra nutrients. However, you should eat the fruit within the first couple of days. The peanut butter and bread will last longer.
- Canned meats such as chicken or tuna can be made into a sandwich, eaten on wheat crackers.
- Snack foods such as dried fruits and nuts, Japanese rice crackers and trail mixes make excellent choices as you prepare for the winter storm. They're easy snacks, have plenty of nutritional value and will store for a while.
- Canned and dried foods such as soup or powdered meals can be stocked up. If push comes to shove, you can eat these cold from the can -- not always tasty, but an option. Be sure to have a hand-crank can opener. If you don't have one, get one as you're stocking up on food to weather the storm.
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