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Dec 4, 2013 04:21 PM

Do you have emergency food storage?

Long story short, I got very sick last week. So weak that I could barely get out of bed and stand up straight. I also couldn't consume any solid foods. I would just vomit. I was so glad that I had one small container of my home made chicken stock in the freezer and one small package of Jelly powder. This may seem like nothing in normal days, but they were life savers.

I think I will make a concise decision to always keep Jello, and soup cans from now on for the unexpected.

How about you? Do you keep any food for any forms of emergency?

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  1. Not for medical emergencies, but during hurricane season we are fully, and I do mean fully, stocked with everything and anything you could possibly need or want (esp. alcoholic beverages). We lost our home and everything in it to a hurricane in 2004, but boy oh boy did we have a great hurricane party that went on for days and included all the neighbors. My husband was an Eagle Scout back before electricity, so you can rest assured that we are good and ready. LOL

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    1. re: MrsPatmore

      Heh, I was home on leave when those hurricanes hit. Bonny, Charley, and Frances all hit that month.

      My brother's in-laws lived on Sanabel Island and lost everything when Charley hit. As I recall, Charley cut a channel through the north side of the island.

      We were flooded out when Bonny hit, then we had to cut a hole through the wall of my grandmothers house in order to get her out (due to a tree collapsing) when Frances hit. Also for the entire month we had no power.

      That was a crappy vacation...

      1. re: deet13

        You forgot Jeanne a just two weeks after Frances!

        +1 on having a big plastic bin full of the basics, then donating it at the end of the season (happily just in time for the Thanksgiving food drives for those going through tough times)

        1. re: sunshine842

          +1 on not needing hurricane supplies is right, sunshine! And deet13, all y'all welcome at our place next time . . .

          1. re: MrsPatmore

            How did this Florida Boy get through the hurricanes? And 3 weeks of no power twice?

            20 gallons of gas for the generator.
            A full tank in the truck.
            A full pantry.
            3 propane tanks and stove.
            An empty chest freezer.

            It is so much easier on the boat now. No chest freezer.

      2. re: MrsPatmore

        Reminds me of when winter storms come in and people hit the super markets like locusts. Like most have no food in the pantry? I always have peanut butter, jelly, tuna, chic soup on hand so I can avoid the on slot of shoppers fighting over a jug of milk.

        1. re: treb

          same thing happens when hurricanes wander too close -- except down here, we figure everyone's just planning to make French toast -- the bread, milk, and eggs always disappear first. (the maple syrup stays put, however, but it's a fun thought)

            1. re: Veggo

              for the record, we were so busy with moving and new jobs that my hurricane box appeared as often as the hurricanes this year..

              i.e., not at all.

              1. re: sunshine842

                Agree on that one. And thankful. Been riding on a 22 lb Danforth. The 45 lb CQR is still in the lazarette.

                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  and NOT having to dig that sucker out of the sludge and wash Mother Nature's concrete off of it is something to be thankful for, indeed!

          1. re: treb

            Snow started falling yesterday, husband calls and asked if we needed anything he would stop after work? I said no I just got groceries 2 days ago. He asked again , bread , eggs, milk anything ? I said no we have plenty of everything. I turned on the TV, I hadn't watched the weather and saw that Saturday was going to be snowing all day. So I quickly texted hubby grab a couple bottles of wine!
            Don't want to be caught without supplies.

        2. CNS - Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup!!! It's my go-to for when I don't feel well. When we travel out of the country I pack a can. I DO have stocks in the freezer. And all sorts of rice, beans, pastas, etc. We had a wonderful ribolitta soup today with lunch and I thought then that I really should make a wonderful soup and freeze in two cup portions.

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          1. re: c oliver

            <Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup>

            This really does bring back good memory. I love the alphabet one:


            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              Now the rest of the story. I make it with milk. That's how Mother did it for me and that's how I do. I recently had a little bit of cream left over and made it with that. Oh yeah :)

              1. re: c oliver

                I make cream of tomato with milk -- because that's how my mom makes it.

                1. re: sunshine842

                  That also. Definitely.

                  sunshine, tell us since you've live in France, do Europeans do this sort of thing?

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Nope. No condensed soups on the continent. (found a tin of tomato soup in Holland -- BLECH -- like sugar water with tomato flavoring)

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      Thanks. What about "emergency" provisions?

                      1. re: c oliver

                        Most of my friends had stock gel on hand, plus rice and pasta, or most people can walk to a supermarket, so it's pretty well in hand.

                        I was surprised by one thing -- would you believe that they (including pharmacists!) had never heard of the BRAT (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast) for intestinal woes?

                        1. re: sunshine842

                          Being able to walk to a market is huge. When we lived in SF we had that option also.
                          Until CH I'd never heard of BRAT either. And with my strong gut I bounce back immediately so maybe that's why I never heard of it.

                          1. re: c oliver

                            IIRC, you haven't had a toddler in the last 15 years or's the mantra of the pediatricians.

                              1. re: c oliver

                                but unless you've been the one taking them to the pediatrician, you wouldn't hear the chanting...

                                1. re: sunshine842

                                  Exactly :) And as far as I've heard, neither of them has had that affliction. Knock wood.

                                  1. re: c oliver


                                    Hopefully, with the advent of some of the new vaccines in the last couple of decades, they *won't* head down that road.

                                    The rotavirus vaccine will work until they get to school....then they start passing around all the *other* breeds of nasties...

                          2. re: sunshine842

                            That's cuz we got zwieback and chicken broth. Of course, by 'they' you mean the French -- can't really speak about them, as I'm sure there are huge variations in Europe, given the many countries of which it consists '-)

                            1. re: linguafood

                     might be an economic union, but it ain't EVER gonna be a cultural union.

            2. I have supply of sugar free pedialyte just in case I ever get ketoacidosis again. type 1 diabetic.

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              1. re: Kalivs

                I am type2 but diabetic ketoacidosis is very serious. If y o u start showing symptoms you need help right away.

              2. I have so much stuff jammed in my pantry and freezer, we could probably live for a month on just that. There's probably plenty of 'sickbed' food that I could whip up (including stock and jello!).

                I thought that was a lot of food, until a member of a volunteer organization I'm in said she has enough to last four years. Yep, that's right. Four years. In case of a political apocalypse.

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                1. re: kitchengardengal

                  Oh please. Four years. Sigh.

                  When we lived in San Francisco we kept bottled water for earthquake preparedness and we still should.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    I think that Mormons are enjoined to keep a year's supply of food on hand. They actually have huge canning facilities available to their members for putting up food. A year's supply of food for a family of 4 takes up a lot of space. Frankly, if the end of the world is happening, I don't really want to stick around for a year.

                    1. re: pikawicca

                      That's what I thought, too, picca. Four years of living on the basement stash? Just kill me now.

                  2. re: kitchengardengal

                    Same here. In fact, when we last had an extended power outage due to weather, we pooled with neighbors and had plenty of food for days.

                    Also, I live 2 blocks from grocery stores and many restaurants so I figure I can scavenge if push comes to shove.

                  3. Yes, this is earthquake country. Water, foods that don't have to be cooked, Bic Flame Discs and charcoal to cook the things that would be defrosting in the fridge and freezer, etc. I'm not the only one here so we would just help each other if one were that sick. If both were that sick we'd eat the canned soup. Jello is not allowed in this house, though. I can not abide Jello, sick or not.