Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hurricane Harvey + What to Eat in a Natural Disaster

Hurricane Harvey is hitting our friends in the south hard, and as Lauren and I know from going to school in New Orleans, hurricanes do not just mean "hurrication" (hurricane vacation- what they were called pre-Katrina). In fact I heard that almost a quarter million people are already without power and there is serious price gauging with bottled water - with people charging up to $99 for a case!
So yesterday I chatted about natural disasters + food safety with Fox and Friends (Lauren had plenty of "blechs" but I'm just getting the info out). Whether you're in Hurricane Harvey's path or in case you get stuck inside during a future hurricane or blizzard, here's what you need to know:
• Refrigerated food is technically fine during a power outage for up to 4 hours, could be more. The KEY is to keep the fridge door closed. No going in and out for water (or wine!).
• When in doubt, throw it out - and also, don't taste it to test it. If something smells or looks off, toss it. A little food waste is better than a lot of food poisoning. 
• Stock up. Here's our Storm Shopping List (best to have some of these items in house before storm forecasts when supplies can be limited)
  • lots of bottled water or seltzer
  • gluten free bread
  • oatmeal cups such as vigilant eats, if need be can just add hot water
  • natural almond or peanut butter
  • jarred (or if need be canned) tuna
  • jerky
  • avocados
  • bananas
  • apples
  • pistachios (you'll have time on your hands) 
  • Kale chips
  • Rx bars 
  • Shelf stable almond milk
  • Pickles
  • (dark chocolate and limes for tequila optional)

• Oh, and one last great tip c/o Lauren: don't eat all the food+snacks+drinks just to prevent them from going bad. No need for Hurricane Weight Gain. 
Stay safe our southern friends!! 

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