Once again, the newspapers are predicting very cold and prolonged snowy weather for winter. Most years they are incorrect. However, just in case that happened, for those of us without close access to shops, what would you put by, either in your freezer (hoping for no long power cuts) or cupboards?
My freezers have enough in them to give us a few meals and or puddings. The store cupboard has enough for light meals, hots snacks etc.
I think our alltime go to would be soup, both for snacks and main meals. So with that in mind, and the possibility of needing to cook on a camping gas stove, herewith some things I am never without:
Lentils, dried peas/beans (thermal cooker as it requires no power once the gas stove has begun cooking them), tinned peas, beans, tomatoes, vegetables, rice, pasta, flours (dumplings would fill us up and quick bread making/drop scones, that could be done on the gas stove), items for puddings such as tinned milk, rice in all forms (thermal cooker again), tinned fruit amongst other items, a cake and some biscuits, crackers, butter (fridge) and oats.
There are probably more items I could name but what about you. When DS was born and the day after we came home, our village was cut off for a whole week. The local post office store ran out of most food in two days with panic buying going on. Luckily for us DB had done a major shop before DS and I came home so apart from bread, we were okay for us and him. We had no idea how long it would be before we were reached by the highway agencies.
That has never left me and whilst no such bad winters have hit that hard again, I like to be prepared, especially if the power cuts are for a long time and we lose the freezer food.