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#4515036 - 09/13/17 11:05 AM Meals during EMERGENCY
larryinnewyork Offline


Registered: 02/10/12
Posts: 838
Loc: One Step Beyond
With all that went on in Texas and Florida, it got me thinking.

If the electric power goes out,
If the Generator won't start,
I got rid of my propane grill (to much to clean after each use) replaced with an Indoor Grill (similar to a George Foreman)

How could I make some simple meals ?
This is what I bought: Small Burner you screw onto a fuel tank.
I'll probably never use it, but in an emergency it would be handy.
Just thought I'd post a photo incase it would help anyone.
I live near Buffalo NY and mostly prepare for Snow & Ice emergencies.


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#4515046 - 09/13/17 11:12 AM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: larryinnewyork]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4607
Loc: Houston, Texas
works great until you need water to wash the pan out. I would just eat it cold.
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#4515048 - 09/13/17 11:14 AM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: larryinnewyork]
motor_oil_madman Offline


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Loc: Houston, Texas
Does your wife allow the caulk gun and roof adhesive on the kitchen table?
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#4515049 - 09/13/17 11:14 AM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: larryinnewyork]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
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Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Clearly illustrative.....thanks

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#4515059 - 09/13/17 11:24 AM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: larryinnewyork]
AZjeff Offline


Registered: 01/14/11
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Most preparedness sites say you need 1 gallon of water per day per person for 3 days. Canned water? I buy 8 - 1 gallon plastic jugs and rotate them out every 8-10 months. Here's a .gov list: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

It's good to be a little prepared, you don't have to go full out prepper for a little piece of mind.
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#4515068 - 09/13/17 11:33 AM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: larryinnewyork]
Leo99 Offline


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If it's an emergency, eat your soup cold.
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#4515071 - 09/13/17 11:34 AM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: larryinnewyork]
djb Offline


Registered: 01/16/06
Posts: 706
Loc: Los Gatos CA
It's surprising how many people forget about their outdoor grill when the power goes out.

If you are buying a propane grill, spend the little bit extra for a side burner. Or just put the pans directly on the grill. It's not efficient to boil all of your water, but it's good enough to heat up food.

That doesn't help you if you need to evacuate, but hot meals won't be your immediate concern.

As for canned water.. that's pointless. A can of water is expensive and won't go very far. Use cans for dense nutrition that can be eaten directly from the can, warm or cold. (A thumbs-up on the beef stew and condensed soup.) Use the space for a filter or sanitizing tables.


Edited by djb (09/13/17 11:36 AM)

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#4515094 - 09/13/17 11:50 AM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: larryinnewyork]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7279
Loc: S California
I used to live in Katy and have a Katy neighbor and his family staying with us now. What the rain didn't take the looters got. Anyhow, when I lived there several neighbors found out about my stash of food, water, and other supplies prepared for long-term storage and they did the same. I'm hearing that it came in real handy. To celebrate my new house guests we have been making meals out of my current stash. I think it tastes great because of what it represents, meals in a time of need without outside help. This may sound silly but everyone here agrees with me. We had a great time opening packages, bottles, and containers and working up meals. We're going to "rotate" all this stuff and I'll start a new stash. This helped turn some sad times into a temporary distraction and a good time was had by all.

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#4515106 - 09/13/17 12:07 PM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: larryinnewyork]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2390
Loc: USA
I try to keep a relatively fresh stock of MREs for 'gotta go' type situations. For long term storage, I have mountain house #10 cans. And then I have a few NATO water cans that sit in storage.

If there were ever a major disastrous event, you need to fill up that bath tub ASAP along with any other large container you have. Potable water matters more than food.

I'm not too worried about heat to cook food - Fire is one of the simplest things that mankind has figured out.
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#4515113 - 09/13/17 12:19 PM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: larryinnewyork]
pandus13 Offline


Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 2571
Loc: Chicago,IL,USA
the 3 big cans with some tweaking + some sand/gravel, can be made into a mini-rocket stove which could burn pretty much anything combustible.....(outdoor of course)

some candles in a pinch

probably you need either water in 1 gal/5gal, or an emergency/outdoor type water filtration system...

if cold weather, get everybody bunched in as close(and safe) as possible to the heat source.
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#4515116 - 09/13/17 12:22 PM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: OneEyeJack]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 20522
Loc: Orlando, FL
Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
I used to live in Katy and have a Katy neighbor and his family staying with us now. What the rain didn't take the looters got. Anyhow, when I lived there several neighbors found out about my stash of food, water, and other supplies prepared for long-term storage and they did the same. I'm hearing that it came in real handy. To celebrate my new house guests we have been making meals out of my current stash. I think it tastes great because of what it represents, meals in a time of need without outside help. This may sound silly but everyone here agrees with me. We had a great time opening packages, bottles, and containers and working up meals. We're going to "rotate" all this stuff and I'll start a new stash. This helped turn some sad times into a temporary distraction and a good time was had by all.


Will they return to Texas or decided on a new life in California ?

Nice of you to open your home to former neighbor.

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#4515118 - 09/13/17 12:24 PM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: larryinnewyork]
Cujet Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 6786
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
We've been living off grid since the start of hurricane Erma. Meals are no problem. One good thing to have is cans of tuna and bread for sandwiches. Along with plenty to drink. I've been working outside in the yard cleaning up. Consuming tons of water, about double or triple my norm.
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#4515121 - 09/13/17 12:26 PM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: OneEyeJack]
pandus13 Offline


Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 2571
Loc: Chicago,IL,USA
Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
I used to live in Katy and have a Katy neighbor and his family staying with us now. What the rain didn't take the looters got. Anyhow, when I lived there several neighbors found out about my stash of food, water, and other supplies prepared for long-term storage and they did the same. I'm hearing that it came in real handy. To celebrate my new house guests we have been making meals out of my current stash. I think it tastes great because of what it represents, meals in a time of need without outside help. This may sound silly but everyone here agrees with me. We had a great time opening packages, bottles, and containers and working up meals. We're going to "rotate" all this stuff and I'll start a new stash. This helped turn some sad times into a temporary distraction and a good time was had by all.

May I add another point-of-view?
It is also a teaching experience... Not a lot of people know how to cook from scratch/with limited supplies...
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#4515129 - 09/13/17 12:32 PM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: Cujet]
pandus13 Offline


Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 2571
Loc: Chicago,IL,USA
Originally Posted By: Cujet
...Meals are no problem. One good thing to have is cans of tuna and bread for sandwiches. ...

pasta/rice
tuna
oil/lard
onion/garlic
tomato sauce/paste

Palm hearts...oranges....etc

I wonder how the FL indigens survived? What local stuff did they eat?


P.S. Does hanging a few alligator skins on the fence may resolve your bad neighbors problems :-P ?
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#4515148 - 09/13/17 12:48 PM Re: Meals during EMERGENCY [Re: larryinnewyork]
DeepFriar Offline


Registered: 10/31/13
Posts: 1352
Loc: Georgia
Originally Posted By: larryinnewyork
With all that went on in Texas and Florida, it got me thinking.

If the electric power goes out,
If the Generator won't start,
I got rid of my propane grill (to much to clean after each use) replaced with an Indoor Grill (similar to a George Foreman)

How could I make some simple meals ?
This is what I bought: Small Burner you screw onto a fuel tank.
I'll probably never use it, but in an emergency it would be handy.
Just thought I'd post a photo incase it would help anyone.
I live near Buffalo NY and mostly prepare for Snow & Ice emergencies.




The only emergency at my house is when my wife has to cook more than this....Apparently we are in a state of perpetual emergency. "Nutrient dense" in our repertoire is peanut butter or that peanut mash the UN hands out. Just like most major disasters - You're on your own around here brother.

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