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Mayo Clinic's 3-Day Emergency Meal Plan

Mayo Clinic has put together a 3-day, 4 person emergency meal plan using shelf-stable ingredients and requiring no power. (The first recipe requires you to cook and refrigerate ahead of time). Not bad eating, during an emergency, I think.

Shopping list:

http://newsblog.mayoclinic.org/files/...

Recipes:

http://newsblog.mayoclinic.org/files/...

Don't forget the flashlights, batteries, water, manual can opener, paper plates, plastic utensils, plastic wrap, wax paper... You'll also need a couple of mixing bowls, a knife, and a cutting board.

Most of the items on the shopping list can be stored for an extended period of time, while a couple of items like pita bread and tortillas are perishable.

~TDQ

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  1. I was seriously impressed--until I got to those cans of chicken. I don't think I've ever had chicken from a can. Not even on camping trips.

    Really, though. For nothing but cupboard ingredients and no power, that could tide you over very well, couldn't it?

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    1. re: JoanN

      Yeah, not bad, right? I think the idea of the canned chicken is that you'd get pretty bored after three days of eating only canned fish as your primary protein. Maybe you eat the chicken on day three...in case you don't need to hold out that long...

      ~TDQ

      1. re: JoanN

        Totally agree on the canned chicken...ew. But really a pretty creative menu overall.

        1. re: JoanN

          I haven't used canned chicken in more than 25 years, but remember it being "ok", not awful Reading the recipes, the canned chicken is disguised in enough flavorful sauce that you'd probably only get the texture and nutrition. I vote we each seek out a small can and try it in one of the recipes, just to know what we could be in for. Tally the cost against the household's Research & Development (R&D) budget.

            1. re: JoanN

              My wife makes chicken salad with one of those tiny, tiny cans of canned chicken. Mashes it up with a hard boiled egg and some mustard and mayo.

              It (the salad) is about the vilest looking and smelling stuff I can think of but she seems to like it. The chicken itself doesn't look that bad.

              1. re: kengk

                De gustibus . . ., eh? I do remember Hormel ham in a can on camping trips. Poke two holes in the can with a church key and throw it on the fire until heated through. I thought it was a real treat when I was about 9 years old.

              2. re: JoanN

                The Mom discovered canned chicken, made into chicken salad, about 25 years ago..It quickly became her luncheon party routine, served on lettuce, with toasts or crackers.

                I make her a chicken salad, using it, every other week
                It tastes a little weird to me. She adores it. [With finely chopped onion, ditto celery, just a little too much mayo and Trader Joes 21 Seasoning Salute.] It's tough to keep Mom happy these days. This works.

                1. re: JoanN

                  CAUTION - shopping list for chicken does not match recipes. I used the shopping list for canned chicken quantities, which I read as two 5 oz to 6 oz cans of chunk light chicken. Planning to make a half recipe of each of the 2 menu items, with both of the kinds of chicken I bought, for side-by-side comparison. Only to get home and read the recipes that call for "2 large cans of chicken" (Reggies Barbecue Chopped Chicken Salad) and " 1 (16 ounce) can chicken" (Charlies Chicken Salad).

                  I may have to do some math to use my 4.5 oz. can (Swanson's Premium Chunch White Chicken) and my 7 oz pouch (Valley Fresh White Chicken Cuts).

                  If this had been an actual emergency, someone in a family of 4 would be going hungry.

                  1. re: MidwesternerTT

                    Very good observation. That's why it's a good idea to test the recipes if you really intend to rely on them!

                    ~TDQ

                    1. re: MidwesternerTT

                      So, how was it? Or are you waiting to buy some more canned chicken so you can proceed with your plan to try both recipes side-by-side?

                      ~TDQ

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        I'll report back - both recipes are on the list for later this week now. It turns out my "High Hat Tuna" casserole from last night will also be tonight's supper and tomorrow's lunch -- lots more servings than I thought. And I don't think I want to experiment with canned chicken for a Valentines' Day meal.

                        1. re: MidwesternerTT

                          Yeah, I dont' think my valentine would appreciate a room temperature canned chicken dish on Thursday either.

                          ~TDQ

                    2. re: JoanN

                      Recipe and canned chicken report - I tried the Day 2 Dinner, Reggies Chopped Barbecue Chicken Salad on Flatbread for lunch today. Summary - OK to good. For comparing two kinds of chicken side-by-side, I prepared the whole recipe of sauce, beans, corn mixture then divided into two bowls. I put drained canned " Tyson Premium Chunk White Chicken in Water" 12.5 oz in one, and a pouch of "Valley Fresh White Chicken Cuts" 7 oz in the other. By the time the food was stirred. both tasted identical. Sampled straight from the can/pouch, the canned Tyson was larger chunks and more firm.

                      Add a strainer and large mixing bowl to your emergency kitchen equipment list, and I'd prefer to have running water when making/eating these. All canned items needed to be drained - the liquid from the chicken is pungent - and the kidney beans rinsed. The flavorful sauce was drippy on the flatbread. Need to leave it flat and use knife/fork, not make a rollup from it, if you want to keep your hands neat.

                    3. re: MidwesternerTT

                      I have half a mind to try them...as you say, might as well know what you're in for.

                      ~TDQ

                      1. re: MidwesternerTT

                        I don't think canned chicken is any grosser than canned tuna. It's not as good as fresh chicken, but it's perfectly fine.

                        1. re: MidwesternerTT

                          I habe eaten canned chicken taste better then canned tuna though which cammed in pouch the can just feels creepy.

                        2. re: JoanN

                          I suppose you could have some precooked and shredded chicken in your freezer, since freezer contents keep pretty well for a day or so without power.

                          1. re: juliejulez

                            The problem is you don't really know how long you'll be without power and opening your freezer allows the cold air to escape, speeding up spoilage.

                            ~TDQ

                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                              True...I was mostly picturing an outage of 3 days, and in that case it'd probably be ok to open the freezer once.

                          1. The list (minus the condiments) is very similar to what the Greater Boston Food Bank offers local food pantries.

                            1. Of course, in storm-prone areas, you can keep the perishable items in the freezer, or prepare to make them as needed.

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                              1. Thanks for this. Although I don't live in a hurricane area nor one prone to earthquakes or other natural disasters except an occasional ice storm this is a very useful post.