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Food pantry basics for survival in a disaster

Interruptions in utility services are inevitable and natural disasters will occur when you least expect them. No one has control over Mother Nature so the best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to prepare before an incident occurs.


Basics for the pantry

Stock up emergency food when something happens unexpected. Cocoa powder, chocolate chips, sugar, potatoes, onions, garlic cornstarch, cornmeal, crackers, pasta, rice, legumes, spices, herbs, soup, tea, baking powder, baking soda, nuts, bread crumbs, cereal, broth, canned food, peanut butter, flour, dried fruits, extracts such as vanilla or almond, gelatin and powdered and/or condensed milk.

Make sure to also prepare a water supply in times of need. Water is essential for survival!

Nutrition: Be sure to consider foods that have the best nutritional value.

Having matches and something to cook the food on can be helpful. Otherwise, there are foods you can prepare without cooking.

Italian bean and tuna salad


Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:
  • 15-ounce can cannellini or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6-ounce can white tuna packed in water, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 3 Tablespoons snipped fresh parsley OR 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Preparation:

In medium bowl, combine beans, tuna, red onion, parsley or basil and balsamic vinaigrette. Drizzle salad with olive oil then sprinkle with pepper.

Yield: 6 Servings

Recipe Source: American Heart Association Meals in Minutes (Clarkson Potter/Publishers)

Reprinted with permission.


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