Here on the East Coast, the PinterTest Kitchen ladies are riding out Hurricane Sandy. Although we all still have power, we’re not sure how long that will last. But just because you don’t have electricity doesn’t mean you can’t eat well! Here are some no-bake treats that can hold you over through the roughest of storms:
Any fruits or veggies in your fridge have to go as soon as possible after the electricity goes out to avoid spoiling, so this is a great meal to make. If you don’t have strawberries on hand, try replacing with apples, oranges, or another kind of berry. You can even use dried/dehydrated fruits instead of fresh fruits. Stormy weather is about making what you have on hand work!
Using up products like sour cream is a good idea too, since they won’t survive a few days of no power. If you don’t have fresh spinach on hand, let some frozen spinach thaw or you can even use canned spinach. No artichokes in your cupboard? No problem. Leave ’em out.
Crab is an ingredient you definitely don’t want spoiling. It’s way too expensive and the smell is something I don’t even want to think about. So instead of letting it go to waste since you can’t make crab cakes, try this cold crab dip. If you make the spinach artichoke dip too it can be a chips and dip hurricane party!
This recipe does require cooked potatoes and hardboiled eggs, so if you don’t have left overs in your fridge, you might be out of luck. But if you do (as is often the case at our house), potato salad is a great filling recipe that helps to use up some of the first ingredients that would otherwise go bad without refrigeration. Don’t have a full three pounds of potatoes? No problem! Just tweak the recipe a little to make a smaller serving. You can even make an individual serving – just eyeball it, taste, and add more ingredients as needed.
Other ingredients I like to keep on hand when it’s stormy:
- Fruits and veggies that do not require refrigeration, like bananas
- Peanut butter
- Granola, chocolate chips, and nuts for trail mix (you can add raisins too if you like ’em)
- Pop tarts (not the healthiest treat, but a great quick no-cook breakfast)
- Cereal (if case we have to use up the milk)
- Whole-wheat bread
I also stock up on juice and water, and if course, I make sure I have plenty of candles (and matches/lighters), gas in my car, batteries for my flashlight, and plastic/paper kitchenware that can be thrown out. I also make sure all of my electronics are charged, I have plenty of blankets, my laundry is done, and I have books and games at the ready in case the lights go out and I get bored!
What do you do to prepare for a big storm?
Stay safe, East Coast. If you’re in an evacuation storm, get out if you can still do so safely, and if you’re not, hunker down and make sure all your hatches are battened. See you on the over side!