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Food for thought

December 28, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
A few times when I was growing up on the farm, blizzards hit and knocked out the electricity for a couple of days. I remember my dad heating up soup on the gas heater so we could eat.

I never really thought about it then, but we’d have been in a lot of trouble without that gas heater. Not only was it a source of warmth, but it allowed us to heat things to eat. I suppose you can eat soup straight from the can, but it wouldn’t taste nearly as good.

Even though we’ve had a mild winter so far, the weather can bring life as we know it to a standstill at any time. If you have a gas or wood heater, you’re ahead of the game, but whether you do or not, you might want to think about stocking up on non-perishables that don’t have to be cooked, like tuna, canned fruit and water. Anything that you can just open and eat will work well.

If you stockpile some goods like that, you’ll have things to eat in an emergency. If you don’t finish all of it, in the spring, you can donate it to a food shelf. Just make sure it hasn’t expired yet.


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