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Vegetarian Emergency Food Kit

Posted Oct 30 2012 10:09am

When we moved to Boston, I didn’t think we’d have to deal with hurricanes. Thankfully, the worst of it missed us. Our thoughts are definitely with those who were hit harder than we were.

As we were preparing for the storm I realized that because we eat a lot of whole and fresh foods, we didn’t have a lot of non-perishables that could be eaten without cooking. Our stove is electric, so we wouldn’t have been able to cook without electricity.

We didn’t deal with a power outage during this storm, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen again this winter. So, I’m working on a list of things to buy for our emergency kit. Here are a few things I’m keeping in mind:

  • As much whole food as possible. If we don’t have electricity, I’d rather not be stuck eating junk food for a few days because I know I’ll just start to feel “eh”.
  • All vegetarian.
  • We don’t have much space, so it can’t take up a ton of room.
  • Enough for 5 days for 2 people.
  • They shelf life needs to be 6 months to a year. Once it gets close to that mark, we can eat up what is going to expire and restock. I don’t need items with a 30+ year shelf life.

With that in mind, here’s my list so far:

  • Camping stove – we’ve had our eye on one of these for a while . It’s tiny and will come in handy if we go camping, as well. We’ll keep 2-3 canisters on hand, as well.
  • 2-3 Flashlights – we have one. I know we had more, just not sure where they ended up.
  • Batteries
  • Lantern – I’m on the look out for something that I can leave out all the time on end table or our buffet in the dining room. So, functional, but also aesthetically pleasing so I don’t have to store it.
  • 5 – Cans of soup/chili. Easy meal and I’ll buy a variety of Amy’s vegetarian soup and chili.
  • 1 – Jar of Peanut Butter. Great source of protein and can be tasty with apples for breakfast or a sandwich for lunch.
  • 1 – Jar Jam. For PB&J sandwiches or toast (made on the stove)
  • 2 – Cans of Black Beans. Again, good protein. Can be made into black bean burgers or prepared with rice.
  • 1 – Bag of white rice (it stores better than brown).
  • 1 – Bag of Pasta.
  • 5 – Cans of fruit. We almost always have fresh fruit on hand. But, a few cans of mandarin oranges or pineapple would make a good treat for dessert.
  • 1 – Container of oatmeal – quick cook. Oatmeal is great because it’s filling.
  • 5-10- Cliff Bars (or similar). I’d like to avoid something with too much sugar, but something that will be a good treat for a snack.
  • 1 – 6 pack individual sized soy milk. I’ll use the ones that don’t need to be refrigerated until opened. These can be used for cereal, coffee, etc.
  • Starbucks Via. :)
  • 2 gallons of water – this wouldn’t last 5 days. But, I’m making the assumption we’d know enough in advance to fill water pitchers.
  • Condiments: Salt, Sugar, Mayo packets, ketchup packets
Pick up at the store pre-storm:
  • 2 loaves of bread (we usually have some in the freezer) - tortillas, flatbread or pitas would work as well.
This list is keeping in mind that we almost always have cheese and butter on hand. So, we could do grilled cheese until that runs out. And, any leftover veggies could be used for sandwiches (hence the mayo) or stir fry with the veggies. However, if we literally had nothing in the fridge, we could get by for a few days.

What did I miss? Anything you’d add to your list?

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