Thursday, September 3, 2015

Emergency Preparedness: Meals in Bags

Meals in Bags

I have read lots of articles on being prepared for emergencies. One of the things that is recommended is making sure you have the means to create meals if the electricity goes out and the fridge isn't working. Meals in bags don't require refrigeration, so they are perfect for those times. These types of meals are good for taking on camping trips, too, so that you have everything you need for a meal in one place.

One especially interesting way to do this is to use a vacuum storage unitto put everything you need for a meal in a bag and seal it. This will keep air and critters out of the food, and increase the shelf life of the meals. If you don't have, and don't want to get, a vacuum storage unit, gallon size zipping bags will work, too. Just be sure to press as much air out as you can while closing the zipper.

Three Suggestions for Full Meals in a Bag

  • Tuna casserole: 1 can tuna, 1 can condensed mushroom soup, 1 (20 oz.) bottle water, 2 cups of instant white rice in a pint sized zipper bag, and in a snack sized or other small zipper bag, put 1 tsp. curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Instructions: Cook the rice in the water. When the rice is done, add the soup, tuna, and seasonings. Stir well and heat thoroughly.
  • Beans and Spam: 1 can pork and beans, 1 can Spam meat, and in a snack sized or other small zipper bag, put 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Instructions: Cut Spam into 1/2 inch cubes. Put all ingredients in a skillet and cook until thoroughly heated.
  • Chicken Noodles: 1 can cooked chicken, 1 can condensed cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup, 4 pkg. Ramen noodles, 1 (20 oz.) bottle water, and in a snack sized or other small zipper bag put 1/2 tsp. black pepper and 1 tsp. garlic powder. Instructions: Cook the noodles in the water, add the chicken, soup, noodle flavor pack, and spices. Stir well and heat through.
These can be prepared on a gas range, a camp stove, or even a camp fire.

Emergency Preparedness
is Essential for Your Family's
Well Being in an Emergency

Keep Body and Soul Together

While the three suggested meals are by no means gourmet, they will keep 'body and soul together,' as my grandmother would have said. By storing these meals in a food saver bag, you have an instant meal when needed. Everything needed is included, so you don't have to wonder if you have what you need.

It is easy to make these up. If you don't have vacuum bags, add the ingredients to any bag, even an empty and washed chip bag and seal it. Even without vacuum storage, these will last a long time.

If you use a bag that is not see through, make sure you write on the outside what is in it so you don't have to guess later. It is also a good idea to date the bags, so you will know which to use first.

Do you have any simple recipes that would work as full meals in a bag?

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