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Kara, single mom of 4 girls (5, 8, 16 and 19)
Kids have strokes too!
Blogging at http://chronicladybug.blogspot.com
OMG, I'm really saddened by all the junk food I'm seeing suggested here, of all places I mean, yeah, we eat some too. But not to this degree. If I was expecting a power outage, I wouldn't go stock up on a weeks worth of crap that I wouldn't feed my kids otherwise.
If it's a winter storm, it's safe to say you'll be able to keep cold food outside. You'll probably want to keep it in a cooler to keep critters out. So, you can stock up on many of your usual foods - milk, butter, meat, vegetables. The only thing I'd be cautious about is letting the vegetables freeze outside. I'd keep those in a cool place inside the house, like in a windowsill.
Even in snow, you can cook on a grill or a propane stove on the porch. There's not much you can't make on one of those two devices. You can even buy an oven to sit on top of a camp stove.
For cold eating, salads, sandwiches, you could roast some meat and vegetables and eat those cold. Fruit.
...I also stock up with lots of bottled water and jugs of water. You may want to do the same in case pipes freeze or something....
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