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What to Eat When the Power Goes Out


When you're in for some turbulent weather, do you head to the store with a list entitled, "Food for Power Outage?" Or do you already have a supply of food for power outages that you keep carefully hidden from your family? Many folks these days don't have a way to cook when the power goes out, so that should be considered when creating your supply of the best foods for a power outage. If you don't already have a stockpile of non-perishable food, it's time to build one.

In my family, a power outage means party time and some foods we that we do not usually indulge in. Of course, we do have backup cooking methods for heating food when the electricity goes out, but if the event is going to be short-term, we usually focus on food that doesn't need to be cooked.

While you may have a fireplace or woodstove, in the summer you won't want to heat the house up with it, and during a storm, you won't want to stand outside in the rain cooking on the barbecue.  So, during a short-term power outage, it makes life easier in many cases to eat things that don't require much in the way of preparation.

What non-perishable food should you buy when a storm is coming?

The radio and preparedness websites always tell you to stock up on non-perishable food, but what is it?

Non-perishable foods are items that are shelf-stable and will not spoil if left out at room temperature for a long period of time. Some examples of non-perishable foods are:

Canned goods

Packaged dry food (like potato flakes or pasta dishes)

Cheese or peanut butter crackers

Beef jerky



Fruit cups

Granola bars

Dried goods like beans and grains are also non-perishable, but they aren't very practical for a power outage.

The Best Food for Power Outages

Depending on your budget, on what is available, and your diet, here are some ideas for food to eat when the power goes out.

Graham crackers with peanut butter or almond butter

Protein shakes – my favorite is Reserveage Organics (in chocolate, of course!)

Saltines with peanut butter

Fresh fruit (apples, oranges, bananas)

Canned juice

Trail mix (this is our favorite)

Dry cereal

Cereal with rehydrated dry milk

Canned baked beans with ham



 Pudding cups

Canned fruit

Jerky (This one is organic)

Pouches of pre-cooked and seasoned rice or quinoa


Granola bars – we like Kind bars (my favorites is Dark Chocolate, Nuts, & Sea Salt)

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