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POWER OUTAGE MEALS: HOW WILL AN EXTENDED UTILITY OUTAGE AFFECT YOUR DIET?

POWER OUTAGE MEALS: HOW WILL AN EXTENDED UTILITY OUTAGE AFFECT YOUR DIET?

6/7/2016

The convenience of household amenities is a benefit that many homeowners often take for granted. But without utility power, what purpose can your home’s appliances serve? How long will your perishable food items last without the power required to keep your fridge and freezer cold? With a recent survey revealing that losing power is a homeowner’s number one fear in the event of a storm, why is it that so few prepare for living life without power for hours or days on end?

Take a moment to think of the meals you and your family enjoy on a weekly basis. Now, ask yourself how many of those meals you could prepare without utility power. Even warming up a slice of pizza is a tall task when electricity is unavailable. While some homeowners value having a backup power source readily available for unexpected outages, Generac has highlighted a few realities of preparing meals with or without the convenience of having a backup power source.

Reality #1: Candlelight Cuisine
Experiencing a utility outage not only limits the power required to operate cooking appliances; it also keeps your lighting and electronics from functioning properly as well. Without backup power available, prepare to grab your candles and matches, along with an abundance of pre-packaged foods.

 

Canned Goods: Small Packages: Beverages:
Tuna Crackers Water (ration wisely)
Fruit Beef Jerky Juice Boxes
Baked Beans Fruit Snacks  
Peanut Butter Cereal Bars  
Tomato Juice Oatmeal  
  Pretzels  

 

Reality #2: Plates for Portable Power
When you’ve got the power of a portable generator available, you have the ability to connect a variety of household appliances to heat, toast and cook whatever food you have available. Also, depending on the size of the generator you’re utilizing, extra power may be left over to turn on a few lights and a refrigerator or freezer to keep your home well-lit and perishable food items fresh until utility power returns. But let’s assume you have just enough power to operate the following appliances and prepare the corresponding food items:

 

Microwave Toaster Coffee-Maker
Macaroni and Cheese Pop-Tarts  
Hot Soups Waffles  
Popcorn Bagels  
Oatmeal English Muffins  
Ravioli    

 

Reality #3: Standby Solutions
If you are one of those people that can’t stand the thought of food spoiling in a warm fridge, or having to live in the dark for extended periods of time, you are the ideal candidate for an automatic standby generator. When a generator is installed at your home, you can either specify which loads you would like to automatically power when utility service is lost, or you can choose to utilize a unit that will back-up your entire home. With an automatic standby generator, enjoy cold drinks, cooked meats and fresh vegetables no matter what threats may loom outside. From bacon and eggs in the morning to chicken and biscuits at night, use whichever cooking appliance you need to prepare your meals. And while you’re digesting your food and watching a movie in your heated or air-conditioned home, know that your neighbors are probably eating peanut butter sandwiches in the dark across the street. If you’re nice enough, you’ll invite them over until power returns. On the other hand, you could encourage them to consider purchasing an automatic standby generator of their own.

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