Winter Pantry 101

Crazy winter weather is upon us, with temperatures in the teens one day, and in the balmy 60s a few days later. One of the recommendations to be prepared for an emergency situation at home – like being snowed or iced in, possibly without power for several days, is to keep a well-stocked pantry.

But what should be in your well-stocked pantry? Ready Georgia recommends at least a three-day supply of food, with a focus on items that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Here are some specifics:

  • Bottled water: Plan on having one gallon per person per day, for at least three days. This is both for drinking and for hygiene
  • Infant formula and diapers (if there’s a baby in the home)
  • Pet food (if there's a pet in the home)
  • Canned meats, such as tuna, chicken or salmon
  • Canned fruits and vegetables, including canned beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Protein, granola or fruit bars
  • Crackers
  • Canned or bottled juices
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • Foods that your family enjoys, like tortilla chips or chocolate


And, most importantly, be sure you have a manual can opener. If the power is out, your electric can opener won’t work!

And if you’re wondering how to create meals from these pantry items, the American Public Health Association has a free cookbook online that you can download here.

Once you have your pantry stocked, remember to use and replace the items periodically so that items don’t pass their expiration dates.


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