Meals for power outages
Wondering what dishes you can cook without electricity? In the event of a power outage, what is there to eat? With winter storms, icy roads and possible power outages, thinking ahead about what meals to cook if you don’t have electricity can be a smart move amid grabbing the obligatory bread and milk in grocery stores. We have several ideas for you in this article.
Our readers are great. We asked them for ideas on what to do if we ended up losing power due to the impending winter storm and they responded with lots of creative suggestions.
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Meal ideas for power outages
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Food to make without electricity
Use the grill
If you have a gas or charcoal grill, fire it up and barbecue. Burgers, chicken, vegetables, and even potatoes cut up with a little olive oil and salt can all be put on the grill when you don’t have electricity in your home. So be sure to take extra charcoal and gas if you run out of fuel.
Be fancy and compose a Deli plank since nothing on it needs to be cooked and it’s prettier than a sandwich.
Make them ahead of time so all you have to do is grab some bread and whip out your pre-made tuna, egg, or chicken salad. I made hard boiled eggs just to have some protein snacks on hand, but they could also easily be used in an egg salad.
Chips and salsa
So simple but so good.
Several readers have suggested peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or deli meats you already have in your fridge. Or do yourself a favor and make a wrap.
I do this when I go camping because I’m not good at starting fires. All you have to do is put the oatmeal in a container, add some milk and honey and let it sit overnight. Eat it the next morning. No need to heat anything. I also add dried cherries (or whatever fruit I have on hand) and a little cinnamon.
Don’t Forget Cold Brew Coffee
When I was writing this story and came across this suggestion, I stopped what I was doing and made the cold brew coffee (coffee grounds and water in a glass container and stick in the fridge) because I don’t want headaches in the middle of no electricity. Excellent suggestion, dear readers!
- If you rely on a coffee grinder to grind coffee beans, grind some now and store them in an airtight container for later use.
- You can also make hot coffee if you can boil water on a gas stove, camp stove, fire or grill. Brew your ground coffee with hot water and use a French press or pour it through a coffee filter to remove the grounds.
Build a Campfire and Use a Dutch Oven
One reader suggested using a dutch oven to cook over a campfire (tip: use lint from your dryer or egg cartons to help start the fire). It’s a good idea – just make sure you make a safe fire, using a stone ring (you can bricks or other bigger stones), then put whatever you want to cook in your dutch oven and put it on the fire. Here are some ideas about things to cook inside a dutch oven.
Want it to be super simple? Keep a few cans of soup handy and simply pour them into the Dutch oven. When it’s hot, you’re good to go. You can also use a camping coffee percolator without the percolator parts to hold the soup while it heats up.
Use your camping stove
All of you who are going camping, this is your time. If you have a camp stove that runs on gas or a small backpacking camp stove, don’t forget it if you lose power. You can cook almost anything on it. Personally, I like to make rice and beans for camping, so I’d probably go with that, especially since it’s easy and filling. But you can make pancakes, eggs, soups, bacon – the options are endless.
Are you about to go to the grocery store to stock up on basic necessities before bad weather and a possible breakdown? Below is a handy grocery list of items that will help you prepare the meals above.
Tip for the refrigerator: Fill empty pitchers, juice bottles or milk jugs with water and now place them in the freezer. Large blocks of ice will melt slower than small blocks of ice, and you can place them in the fridge to keep your fridge items cool.
- canned soup
- canned beans
- Instant rice
- Sliced ham, cheese or any other meat/cheese you’d like on a sandwich
- Peanut butter and jelly/honey
- Bananas and fruits you like
- Milk – regular, almond, coconut or oatmeal
- Bread or tortilla wraps
- canned pepper
- Burger meat and buns
- Hot dogs and buns
- Chicken for the grill and chicken salad
- Salami or chorizo
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What would you add to this list?