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Jan 31, 2011 06:24 PM

Kosher Emergency Rations for Kids

My daughter's teacher asked me to help her come up with some ideas for re-stocking the emergency rations at her preschool. I don't know what it is like elsewhere, but in California each preschool is required to keep 72 hours of food and water on site for each child in case of earthquake/lockdown/emergency. It is suggested to have sources of protein, grains, and fruits/vegetables that are appealing to kids and do not require heating. The standard emergency super-food bars are not recommended because most kids will not eat them. The teacher previously stocked tuna, peanut butter, canned fruit and crackers. Does anyone have any other ideas for foods chas v'shalom we should ever need them? The self-heating MRE meals are probably too expensive. Canned are best. Shelf-stable, healthy, appealing for 2-5 year olds, inexpensive ...

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  1. crackers, cereal/breakfast bars, pretzels, raisins, craisins, milk (that comes in juice boxes and does not need a fridge), canned chick peas, water, rice cakes..i am just thinking of items we typically give kids in school for snack that are not perishable.

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    1. This is a question! And you should should think of it yourself. What would I give my family if I had only my own emergency rations?
      What would I do? A realistic discussion. What would you advise if you were away from home (but make sure at home you could have emergency rations) with your family? What would hope to see a shelter had?
      What are my emergency foods at home? How long would it last if I had no power, no ability to cook anything?
      If my home was evacuated ; what could I bring to the shelter we were moved into?

      A fantastic question!

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            1. re: vallevin

              No spoon necessary so it's easy to eat. Also, the squeeze top is hard to spill, where a cup of applesauce can easily tip over especially with little kids.

              A few other ideas- packets of melba toast, single serve portions of peanut/almond butter, nutella. Canned green beans- every kid I know loves them.

              1. re: cheesecake17

                Please do not include penut butter or other penut products. Many children have violent allergic reactions to these products and may not be aware of it.

                1. re: twinsmama

                  Not all schools prohibit peanut butter- that's why I mentioned peanut and almond butter.

                  1. re: twinsmama

                    Sunbutter, made from sunflower seeds (and oooh, so tasty)

                    Beans...rice....(yes, kids will eat beans) The rice that comes in the pouches, as it can be zapped in the micro or eaten at room temp in a pinch, as it's already cooked.

                    canned chicken, canned corned beef.

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      Who makes kosher canned chicken or canned corned beef?

                      1. re: The Cameraman

                        I've seen both on the shelf in France in "regular" can't be that hard to find in the States.

                        1. re: sunshine842

                          I've been trying to find either kosher canned meat or canned chicken forever, and failed. And I live near multiple large kosher grocery stores. Anyone have any leads?

                          1. re: sunshine842

                            Yes. It is "that hard to find in the States. They don't distribute it here. I get envious every time I'm in a European kosher grocery. I don't live in an earthquake zone, but it would be handy for a lot of people who live or spend a lot of time far from a kosher grocery.

                2. re: koshergourmetmart

                  What is the shelf life on the applesauce pouches?

                  1. re: mamaleh

                    i think it is a while since it is sealed-once it is opened then it needs to be refrigerated. I would also do milk boxes like the kind Horizon organics sells-I've seen regular 2%, chocolate and vanilla.

                3. I recommend protein bars. Shelf stable, light, very small and easily stored, cheap, and nutritious. It's also enough like a candy bar that it seems like a treat to a toddler, and is therefore a morale booster- important in an emergency situation. Supplement with canned tuna and canned veggies. Canned Israeli pickles are, in particular, really great (tasty, to keep meals from becoming to monotonous, very cheap, lasts forever).

                  I haven't been able to find a brand of Cholov Yisroel or pareve protein bars, though so YMMV and AYLOR. Target and Walmart regularly have sales on protein bars and Costco sells them in bulk. Hope this helps.

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                  1. re: The Cameraman

                    Skip the pickles. Feeding them salt in high volumes is like giving the wee bairns a diuretic. In a serious earthquake - the kind that strands entire nursery schools for three days - plumbing lines rupture.

                    1. re: AdinaA

                      Really? Good to know. Especially since most of the canned goods I have lying around are high in sodium.

                      1. re: The Cameraman

                        Yeah, I know. Most processed foods are high salt. Even granola bars. I don't eat them much, but If I was stocking for an emergency I would look hard for low salt or salt free ones. Almost no canned veggies are salt-free, just corn and some tomatoes. And if the green beans were salt-free kids wouldn't like them. You have to eat something, and in an emergency you may not be able to cook, let alone cook while tending dozens of frightened tykes. But pickles are super-high in salt and almost void of nutritional value.

                        In their favor, they are delicious. Just not appropriate emergency rations.

                        Did anyone suggest nuts? Plain or sugar coated. Dried fruit (apples, not prunes, apricots or figs.) And chocolate bars. Long shelf life, lots of calories. Small volume. They were standard rations for GI's in WWII. Remember, we're talking keeping kids quiet and fed in emergency conditions. I'm not recommending a diet of nuts, chocolate and dried apples for ordinary use.

                        1. re: AdinaA

                          If we have to move the kids and the provisions outside, chocolate bars in Southern California would be chocolate soup in no time flat. We don't usually serve whole nuts to this age group in a group setting because of potential choking. However, freeze-dried apples and pears are a great idea.

                          1. re: mamaleh

                            lava bars are chocolate bars that are in liquid form. Does not matter temperature outside

                            1. re: mamaleh

                              LOL. It's hot in southern California. Right. Got that.