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What to Eat and Do With Your Food When the Power Goes Out?

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For those of us in the North East on Sandy's path I think one of our biggest concerns, besides personal safety and flooding, is losing power. We depend on power to an unhealthy degree and when we lose it for a couple of days we often don't know how to cope without it. I think one of the most important things to remember is that at this point it's too late to go out to get supplies. So assess what you have and make due with what you find. Look for your canned beans, soups, tuna, and crackers. These are probably some of your healthier options. I would recommend against Cup o Noodles, cakes, and chips. I know storms probably bring out the worst in our diets, but with so many healthy canned options I'm not going to use Sandy as an excuse to eat all types of junk food. If anything, the junk food will last longer, so use it as a last resort.

If you are concerned about the food in your refrigerator take a look at this great guide from Penn State University about what to do when you lose electricity. I got a tip from a friend to freeze water bottles so that the freezer remains cooler for a lot longer. Most importantly keep your refrigerator closed!

If you have a gas oven you should still be able to turn on the surface burners and here is another great video from eHow about what to do in the event the power goes out.

If you have an electric stove, I would probably prepare some food now before you lose electricity. Don't cook everything you have, but maybe boil some potatoes, or stew some chicken. That's why it's important to rely on your good old canned foods at a time like this.

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If you happen to have a thermos, a great tip would be to boil water and keep it stored in your thermos. It will remain piping hot for a really long time. You could make some coffee a la Claudia with a funnel or a cheese cloth.

You can be sure that I'm going to make some rice and prepare some of my favorite tuna salad .

P.S. -- Don't forget to enjoy the additional time you get to spend with your family. Play monopoly, cards, and/or tell scary stories and crack jokes.

Stay safe!

If you have any food tips for when the power goes out please post!