FOOD & COOKING
Figure out your food needs before a disaster strikes. From cooking food on-the-go to storing real food for later
We're breaking our FOOD SOLUTIONS into 3 categories. JUMP to any category
QUICKIE FOOD. Grab-and-go food that you can store in an apartment and take in a go bag if you have to evacuate, from protein bars to dehydrated food.
REAL FOOD. Rice, beans, and other bulk foods — and the equipment you need to store them away so they last for years.
COOKING. You ain't got a thing if you can cook that thing. Find ways to cook and boil in a home with no electricity or while on the road.
We sometimes have a hard time feeding ourselves on the best of days. Imagine what it would be like if you couldn't just pop over to the grocery store or corner bistro.
In this section, we are approaching food and disaster preparation in three ways. The first is "quickie food" — packaged bars and dehydrated food. They are classic grab-and-go kind of items, ideal for a go bag. You'll also find the surprisingly decent dehydrated food packets in which you add boiling water.
The second section is dedicated to long-term food storage. We detail both the ways to store it, and the kinds of food that are ideal for longtime storage (hint: beans and rice).
Lastly, you'll need to be able to cook that food (or at least boil water to add to the dehydrated meals), so we have equipment solutions for cooking, too — including solutions for those of us who live in tiny apartments.
FOOD & COOKING BASICS
Can I live on nutrition bars?
You could. For a while. But you might lose the will to live. You want a mixture of easy-to-carry items and real food
How long can I store beans & rice?
10 years, if put away inside vacuum bags & a non-toxic bucket.
What do you think
of freeze-dried food?
Good for apts and
go bags. But you have to add boiling water, an issue if you have no heat source
QUICKIE FOOD: WHEN YOU NEED TO EAT NOW
What do you have in your cupboards right now? Enough to get by for weeks? Two? And how much of it is highly transportable? The goal here is to lay some food stores aside for those times when need food that doesn't take much preparation, and is quick and easy. This isn't long-term food. These are the types of stuff that will get you by right now. These are also good options for your all-important go bag.
BEST DEHYDRATED PACKETS, BARS, AND
Bottom line: 14 days of reliable food for one person. Just add boiling water. Add it directly into the packet, even. And the food ain't bad!
Recommended for: All shelters; plus individual packets can be placed in vehicle and go-bag.
No. units recommended: Here's the catch: You'll need a minimum of one or two 14-day supplies for every member of your family. Better to have a whole month's supply for each member, if possible. So if there are four of you in the family, you'll want 4 orders.
You’ll also need: Water — and a way to boil water. Also, a pot to actually heat the water. Hence we also highly recommend supplementing with other long-lasting food supplies. Oatmeal is a good one. So are canned beans.
Be aware: Cumulatively, it comes out to around 5 gallons of water, total, for each 14-day supply of food. For a family of four, that would mean 20 gallons of water to just make this food.
Importance: Important, especially if you live in an apartment or other enclosed space and have no options to boil water in an emergency situation.
Bottom line: A ready-to-eat, hot meal, for which you need no outside heating source. It heats up within its own reactive bag using a bespoke technology. The absolute simplest way to get a warm meal.
Recommended for: Shelters, go bag, vehicle.
No. units recommended: One pouch is good for one meal — but even so, they are small. So you'd need a LOT of them to get by for a week.
Price: Here's the catch: The OMeals cost around $8 per pouch. That’s pretty high when buying enough to feed a family for week(s).
You’ll also need: You need to add liquid into the bag to cause the heating reaction. However, ANY liquid would work, as the fluid never actually touches the food itself.
Be aware: The meals aren't huge, and while the meal is palatable, it is short of delicious. This is sort of the lowest-hanging-fruit option for urbanites who may not be able to heat or boil water in an emergency situation.