Whether or not you’ve ever faced an emergency, it’s always a good idea to keep a few basic items on hand!
What to Keep in Your Pantry in Case of an Emergency.
Every part of the country has its own special brand of disasters. The South and Eastern Seaboard regularly face hurricanes and hurricane force winds. The Mid-West is plagued with flooding and tornadoes. The North, North-East and Canada can expect blizzards and recording break snow storms every winter. The West, especially California, experiences earthquakes and mud slides nearly every year. In some cases, large parts of cities and towns might lose power. Even your home doesn’t lose power, you might be stranded for days, unable to leave your residence. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience) You can read about our disaster here. We had severe windstorms in 2011. We lost a massive tree, one of our cars was totaled, the other required extensive repairs.
Most of the city was without power. We were fortunate and only lost power for a day.
We keep a basic emergency kit on hand like this one. We also have several lighters to light our gas stove or candles. Of course if you have an electric stove, this won’t work. A simple one burner camping stove is small enough to store in your garage with the rest of your emergency supplies, and is perfect for heating up, or cooking a simple meal. Don’t forget a few flashlights or camping lanterns.
12 Pantry Basics
- Steel-cut or regular oatmeal. Oatmeal can easily be made with just water, and is a hearty and filling breakfast. I like McCann’s.
- Dried or canned beans. Cannellini, pinto, black beans, garbanzo, or kidney beans. There are so many quick and easy dishes that can be whipped up with a can or two of beans.
- Canned tomatoes.
- Canned salmon, tuna or chicken.
- Pasta, either regular or brown rice pasta.
- Lentils and split peas.
- Chicken, vegetable, or beef broth, I prefer the cartons.
- Evaporated milk.
- Dried fruit like cranberries, apricots and raisins is good for a quick snack with some nuts.
- Nuts; almonds, cashews, walnuts. I keep all of these on hand for baking and snacking. They are a great source of protein and healthy fats.
With these basic items, none of which require refrigeration, a variety of healthy dishes can be made with either no cooking or a single burner.
Steel-cut oatmeal…once you’ve tasted steel-cut you’ll never want to eat any other! Like regular oatmeal, it requires no refrigeration.
What to make with canned beans:
Hummus is a protein filled spread for sandwiches, veggies or with chips.
What to make with canned tomatoes:
This Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce can easily be made from carton, canned or jarred tomatoes.
Tomato Basil Soup uses canned or jarred tomatoes. If you don’t have access to cheese, omit it for a simpler version. Substitute evaporated milk if fresh milk in not available.
What to make with canned salmon, tuna or chicken:
What to make with pasta:
Pasta e Fagioli uses both pasta and beans.
What to make with lentils or split peas:
What to make with chicken or beef broth. I can’t imagine not having broth in my pantry at all times. I use it several times a week in soups, stews and sauces.
Leek and Potato Soup. Substitute onions for the leeks.
What to make with potatoes:
What to make with onions:
French Onion Soup uses lots of onions and beef broth. If you don’t have refrigeration, you can most certainly eat it it “cheese-less”.
What to make with evaporated milk:
Besides being a source of protein, evaporated milk can be used on cereal or to enrich soups like Leek and Potato or Tomato Basil.
Dried Fruit and Nuts can be used as a quick source of energy, a snack, or added to oatmeal or cereal.
Even if you have a well-stocked pantry, this simple Emergency Backpack is designed for a family of four to survive for up to 3 days.
Remember to keep plenty of bottled water on hand as well.
What items would you add to this list of pantry staples in case of an emergency?