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15+ Meals To Eat When You Lose Power During A Hurricane (Plus 30 shelf-stable foods to buy now)

If you lose power, you can still eat good. Find 15+ meals you can make during a hurricane, no fridge or oven required, on Florence made a mess of things in 2018, and parts of our town are still recovering. When the hurricane hit, we didn’t have power for almost three days. Luckily, we were out of town, evacuated for the hurricane, but we know people who were home and had to figure out what to eat when you lose power during a hurricane.

If your power goes out during a hurricane, it’ll mean not being able to use your electric oven. And you can’t open the fridge to grab ingredients.

So this list of what to cook during a hurricane doesn’t use the oven or fridge because, well, you might not be able to. We actually made sure that all these recipes were “raw” too, so no cooking at all required.

Pick out your favorite recipes and run to the grocery store once it is safe to pick up ingredients. You won’t be able to do that if your town is closing down to prepare for the storm. It’s better to be safe than stubborn.

Just a small note. I made sure to list only recipes that don’t use the oven or stovetop (so no cooking involved). There’s no pre-cooked meats, no use of a blender or rice cooker, nothing like that. I was so careful about putting this list together because I know how many people may need to use it in the next few weeks.

15+ Meals To Eat When You Lose Power During A Hurricane

1. Salad Wrap

2. Simple Black Eyed Pea Salad

3. Cucumber Tomato Salad

4. Sweet & Spicy Tuna Tacos

5. Strawberry Spinach Salad

6. 5-minute Vegan Tacos

7. Curried Black-Eyed Peas

8. Mexican Chopped Salad

9. Peach Blueberry Garden Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

10. Power Salad with Balsamic Chia Seed Vinaigrette

11. Mexican Bean Salad

12. Bean and Pecan Salad

13. Peanut Butter & Fluff Sandwich

14. English muffins with peanut butter and Hazelnut chocolate spread (this was my go to during Hurricane Florence!)

15. Mexican Tuna Salad

30 Shelf-Stable Foods To Buy For An Emergency

Before you can put any of these recipes together, you need to pick up some shelf-stable foods. Honestly, you should buy those and stock up on them before the hurricane comes. That way, you don’t have to try to go out when the hurricane is in town.

I put this list of 30 shelf-stable foods to buy for an emergency in alphabetical order, just to make it easier.

  • Applesauce
  • Bagels*
  • Beef jerky
  • Bottled water
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese (use evaporated milk to make it)
  • Bread*
  • Canned/pouched fish (tuna, anchovies, salmon, etc.)
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned/pouched meat (chicken, etc.)
  • Cereal
  • Chips (potato chips, popcorn, pretzels, etc.)
  • Coffee (make cold brew or French press)
  • Cookies
  • Crackers (whole wheat, saltines, cheese-filled, peanut butter-filled, etc.)
  • Dried fruit/berries (cranberries, raisins, etc.)
  • Evaporated milk
  • Fruit (ones like apples, bananas, and oranges will last longer)
  • Granola bars
  • Hazelnut spread
  • Honey
  • Juice boxes
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Nuts
  • Oats (we use this to make energy balls)
  • Olive oil
  • Pasta
  • Peanut butter
  • Powdered milk
  • Pudding (packaged)
  • Tortillas*

* These foods are perishable, but do not need refrigeration or to be cooked, which is why they made the list.

Cooking When You Lose Power

As I’ve mentioned, these recipes you can make during a hurricane don’t require any cooking.

You may, though, be wondering how to cook food during a hurricane. If you need to, you can use a charcoal or propane grill to cook. Or you can use a propane stove, if you have one of those for camping.

We actually have a propane burner and we use that to deep fry things like French fries and catfish. Plus, Pete uses it to brew beer.

Other Hurricane Preparedness Tips:

Did you stock up on bread? Don’t forget our post: What Can You Do With Bread During A Storm?

And of course, be sure to check out our Hurricane Preparedness Checklist to make sure you are packed and ready in case.


Monday 2nd of September 2019

This a great post! We are not in areas typically prone to hurricanes, but every now and then the power may go out. One year when snow came in October, some went without power for a week. Saving this list!

alexandra cook

Saturday 31st of August 2019

Thank you for sharing this. I got some ideas.

Dana Brillante-Peller

Friday 30th of August 2019

thanks for the hurricane salad idea. We're always looking for ways to make the hurricanes in South Florida more bearable.

Steph Social

Friday 30th of August 2019

We don’t get hurricanes where I live but we do have power outages!! This will definitely come in handy!!

Cindy Nico

Friday 30th of August 2019

What great meals to try. I would definitely like to try and make these especially in bad weather.