Food in a crisis

It is important to have extra food at home that provides sufficient calories. Choose foods which can be prepared quickly, do not require much water or cooking and can be stored at room temperature.
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Good foods to have on hand:

  • potatoes, cabbage, carrots, eggs
  • long-lasting bread, such as tortillas, crisp bread, biscuits, toast rusk
  • tinned cheeses and other spreads in a tube
  • oat drink, soy drink, dried milk powder
  • cooking oil, hard cheese
  • instant pasta, rice, grains, potato flakes
  • pre-cooked lentils, beans, vegetables, canned hummus
  • crushed tomatoes to, e.g., cook with pasta
  • canned food with meat sauce, mackerel, sardines, ravioli, salmon balls, boiled meat, soups
  • fruit cream, jam, marmalade
  • ready-made blueberry and rosehip soup, juice or other beverage that keeps at room temperature
  • coffee, tea, chocolate, energy bars, honey, almonds, nuts, nut butters, seeds.

The Food Agency has a more detailed list of foods that are good to have at home.

Cooking without electricity

During power outages, we will be unable to cook as we normally do. So, we must choose foods that are quick and easy to prepare and don't require a lot of water. With a camping stove, barbecue, fuel and matches at home, you can simplify cooking during a power outage.

Keep in mind:

  • Avoid opening the freezer.
  • Use food in the fridge first.
  • Refrigerated foods can be stored outside in winter but protect them from birds and other animals.
  • Thawed frozen foods can be eaten.