If you've lived your life in warm, snow-free climates, you may have a sort of romanticized concept of what it means to be "snowed in." But, as I recently learned firsthand, being snowed in is serious business, and your pantry needs to be prepared.
Photo by June Marie.
Besides being the title of one of the most iconic Christmas albums of all time, "snowed in" can describe a very stressful, isolated situation, where it feels as though you may never leave your abode ever again. Luckily, The Kitchn has compiled an extensive list of non-perishables you should have in your pantry to keep yourself fed, hydrated, and somewhat sane. Click the link below to read the full list, but these are my favourites:
- Peanut Butter: I guess it doesn't have to be peanut, but some sort of nut butter will remain edible even if the power goes out for a while.
- Good Crackers: If you're going to be stuck inside, you might as well have snacks you enjoy, and a quality cracker can really elevate your noshing experience.
- Canned Foods: Room-temperature tuna and chickpeas can become a satisfying meal when dressed with some good olive oil and whatever seasonings you can find in your spice cabinet, especially when paired with those fancy crackers you so cleverly purchased.
- Chocolate: A bar of really dark, really good chocolate is an instant mood-lifter. (Bonus: Dip it in the peanut butter.)
- Wine: Get a bottle that pairs with the chocolate and a bottle that pairs with tuna fish.
- Fruit: Fruit can sit on a counter without incident for some time. I recommend grabbing a crate of mandarin oranges, the most cheerful of all fruits.
Of course, make sure you get lots of bottled water, in case your pipes freeze up or your cities water purification system shuts down. Water is very important. (It's the essence of wetness and all that.)