Need some ideas on what to make and what to have on hand during a power outage? Here’s a must-read list of supplies and meal ideas!
Meals to Make During a Power Outage
A power outage can happen at any time of year for so many different reasons. It’s pretty typical to get a power outage from a bad storm (like during Winter Storm Atlas we were without power for 3 days) or for random reasons as well (We lost power for a day once because a farmer hit a power pole).
Whatever the reason, it’s always something difficult to deal with because you are usually just trying to figure out how to stay warm or cool depending on the season that the power outage occurs. But of course, during these times your family still needs to eat too!
This article that I’m sharing with you today with meal ideas to have during a power outage has been one of my most requested-to-write articles lately. I’m not totally sure why, but I’m always glad to help! I hope that you will find some of these ideas useful. Of course, you will probably want to write these down or use the “Print Friendly” button at the bottom of the page to print this off now because during a power outage you won’t be able to look this article back up.
Things to Keep on Hand
If you have frequent power outages, here are some things you should keep on hand at all times.
- Canned Fruits and Vegetables (can be from the store or home canned)
- Canned Meats (can be from the store or home canned)
- Canned Soups (same)
- Canned Beans
- Peanut or Nut or Seed Butter
- Shelf Stable Milk (if you use it)
- Packaged Dry Food or Homemade Mixes
- Manual Can Opener
- Propane Stove (can be your main kitchen stove or a camp stove)
- Paper Plates, Bowls, and Plastic Silverware
- Wet Wipes
You can find more ideas on what supplies to have on hand on my article about How to Live Without Running Water. If you are planning for future power outages, that article is a MUST read.
Things to Have on Hand If You Have Advance Warning About a Power Outage
Sometimes you might know in advance that a power outage will happen (often for a predicted storm). In this case, you have time to prep meals that your family can enjoy when the power goes out.
- Prepped Freezer Meals
- Trail Mix
- Dried Fruit
- Granola Bars (or make Homemade Granola Bars)
If you’ve been able to prep freezer meals and things like muffins for breakfast, your time during a power outage will be much less difficult. Just remember that the freezer meals will have to be somewhere cold but accessible (I’d recommend in a “7 day” cooler with ice) and the need to be able to be cooked on a stove top.
Meal Ideas During a Power Outage
Anything that is a combination of shelf-stable goods will make a great meal during a power outage because you won’t have to open the fridge. Here are some suggestions:
- Peanut Butter (or equivalent) and Jelly Sandwiches
- Tuna Sandwiches or Tuna with Crackers
- Canned Chicken Sandwiches
- Canned Soup (heated on the propane stove)
- Canned Vegetables as sides (heated on the propane stove)
- Tacos (tortillas, canned meat, toppings)
- Bean and Corn Salsa (use canned beans, corn, and tomatoes)
You can find more specific recipes to make during a power outage here:
Tips for Your Other Food During a Power Outage
Try to avoid opening the fridge and freezer as much as possible during a power outage.
If you have advance warning of the outage, freeze or prepare anything you can in the fridge (including milk and eggs).
If your freezer is not full, fill ziplock bags or other plastic storage containers with water and freeze before you expect the outage in order to fill up the space. You can also stick a couple of these (containers, not the bags) in the fridge to help keep that area cold as well.
If you are unable to keep the food in the fridge cold and you didn’t prep it in advance. Transfer it to a “7 day” cooler with ice packs or if it’s cold..bury it in the snow. We have 2 of these Lifetime Brand Coolers and they work very well.
There are plenty of healthy and filling meals that can be made during a power outage! All it takes it a bit of planning ahead to have foods that you can prepare and have a way to prepare them and then you will never have to worry if the power goes out unexpectedly.
I hope this post helps to give you some ideas and I’d also love to hear your best ideas for yummy meals to make during a power outage in the comments section as well!