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We Get Letters v. 25: What should go into a “Storm Box”

Sandra writes in asking a question about setting up a “Storm Box”:

Every Spring I assemble a hurricane food box, just to make me feel better about facing another season of storm threats. This box generally contains canned and boxed foods and beverage fixings, plus bottled water; items that would be necessary if I lost power, and was not able to obtain provisions from stores or restaurants.

Every Fall when the local schools have a food drive for their Thanksgiving
baskets, I gladly give them the contents of this box, thankful that it was
not needed.

If I was forced to eat this assemblage of foodstuffs, I can assure you that it would not be an enjoyable experience. The main ingredients are canned tuna, canned soups, boxes of crackers, instant coffee, and tea bags.

I was wondering if anyone could think of more palatable choices with which
to stock my storm box this year? If I do have to survive on the contents, it might not have to be so awful.If I do not use the items, then at least the Thanksgiving basket recipientswould be better served.

Can you, or any of your readers help me?

-Sandra

Thanks for your e-mail Sandra. I do have some thoughts on this, although I should state that I currently do not have a storm box set aside. This is indeed a failure on my part, as I do live in both an earthquake and volcano zone (even though the odds of Mt. Rainier are small).

However, if I were to set up a box, my priority would be nutrition first, ensuring that the calories that the food provides contained either carbohydrates or protein. How the food tasted would admittedly be secondary.

That being said, here’s what I would put into a box. I’m presuming that I’m allowed to use tupperware in order to prevent some storage:

  • Bottled water
  • chickpeas
  • pickled veggies, including olives
  • Canned peanuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • hot sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Tuna
  • Saltines
  • Jam

If I had children, I’d also add evaporated milk to the above list.

I think there can be better choices out there, as there is a great lack of roughage. I’m curious what other people put in their boxes (real or imagined).

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