We have went thru the sleet,freezing rain and snow right along with those howling winds.The roads are not something to be out and about on yet.
Landlord brought over a generator so the steers in the barn would have water, which means we get water also. Something city folks take for granted is having water when they don't have power.
Even so I stocked water for flushing toilets,cooking/drinking and made several pots of coffee to put in the thermos we have. Just encase we can't get out to the generator to turn it on.
BUT the worst thing I have dealt with is a child calling me telling me they are low on groceries and aren't sure they will have enough to eat before they can get back to the store. First part of that is my immediate reaction to load up my car with food and haul it over an hour(none of the kids live closer than an hour) and FEED MY CHILD.
The second part wants to kick their rear because I preach,nag and so forth about keeping certain foods in the house at all times.
The following is the main list. It is what I call my basic staples. You don't see Bisquick or anything like that. That is on hubby's basic staples list.LOL
Flour, all purpose and bread if you can afford it also
rice, not instant
oats, not instant
cream of wheat
pasta of any kind
yeast, keep it in the freezer
apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper
cream of tartar
garlic powder,fresh if you can afford it and will use it.(jar in frig in not bulbs)
onion powder, dehydrated onions, fresh onions if you will use them
maple syrup or karo syrup or both if possible
oil, canola and olive or at least vegetable oil
lard...I do not use shortening for health reason. Lard doesn't bother my chorlesterol
butter... another one that I only use
milk,dry milk, evaporated milk, and condensed milk
velvetta,American cheese or mild cheddar,cream cheese
dried beans...navy or Michigan, pinto, kidney and black
14 veggies of different colors not just corn and green beans
7 fruits, not just bananas and apples
popcorn, at one time it was microwave when it was just mine then hubby added regular popcorn. Now I wouldn't feed microwave popcorn to my family since I know it's not good for them to be eating those tryglycerides.
Tomorrow I will start telling what I would cook from this list as I did when I was raising our children and money was really tight