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Fulton County Cooperative Extension Offers Shopping Suggestions for Preparing Meals when the Power Goes Out | Print |


Winter weather is moving in and in the event the lights go out, many people quickly learn how dependent they are on their stoves and microwaves. How would you prepare your food without electricity?   In preparation for a possible outage, Fulton County Cooperative Extension says residents do not have to go hungry during a power failure. They just have to be prepared.

“In the event of a power outage, with proper preparation, residents can prepare meals that do not require cooking,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension.   “The key is to be smart when selecting foods to prepare.”

Listed below is a list of easy foods that the University of Georgia experts recommend storing in preparation for winter power failures:

Canned meats - Ham, chicken and turkey are available. Look for them on the same grocery aisle as canned tuna in most stores.

Hard cheeses - Hard cheddar, Swiss, provolone or mozzarella can be kept even without refrigeration for several hours before they lose quality. And don't forget the crackers.

Fruits - Fresh, canned or dried, fruits are healthful and do not have to be cooked.

Vegetables - Fresh veggies are nutritious and do not require cooking.

Peanut butter and jelly - Who doesn't like peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches? And what could be easier to "cook"?

And while at the store, buy things that make powerless cooking work, like plenty of starter sticks for the fireplace and a hand-operated can opener.

Visit http://bit.ly/1jtpuBs   for more information on cooking without power or contact the Fulton County Cooperative Extension office at 404-332-2400alt.


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