Last month, when I reviewed Stock the Real Food Pantry, I learned about the Heat and Eat Box. Basically, it’s box of easy to prepare food items that can be used in any type of emergency. My plan is to create a box of food that I can use not only when we lose power, but also if my husband or I gets really sick with the flu. The Heat and Eat Box will also be my Plan C on a day when I desperately need to get us fed in 10 minutes or less.
I decided to start my emergency preparations in August with a Heat and Eat Box, even though September is National Emergency Preparedness month. Since hurricanes seem to hit our area last August through October, it’s the perfect time to get prepared. In fact, when the severe thunderstorms rolled through my area yesterday giving us 3.5 inches of rain in a very short time, I wondered if I would need my emergency supplies.
My Heat and Eat Box
I started a list of food items for the box, and grabbed what I already had in the pantry to create the box. I also grabbed the remaining bottles of water left over from a summer party. My plan is to add a few items each time I go food shopping to spread the cost of stocking the box out over time. I also need time to find food I’m happy to feed my family which means searching and reading the labels.
My current list:
- granola bars
- Annie’s Mac and Cheese (or Traders Joe’s/Whole Foods)
- Trail Mix
- Home made canned soup
- organic cereal
- organic peanut butter