Survival Guide: List of Ingredients to Have on Hand in Case of a Storm

Cooking during a heavy snowstorm can be overwhelming. You clearly don’t want to go out and clear the car out and head to the grocery store. Or you don’t feel like shoveling yet another pile of snow left by the city snowplow. And don’t even think about pizza delivery, as it could take three times longer than usual…and that’s assuming the delivery guy manages to get to your door, and the power doesn’t go out.

It’s always a good idea to stock up on a few foods in reasonable quantities. Here is a selection of ingredients to have on hand to cook should the need arise.

1. In the pantry

  • Chicken and beef broth in a Tetra Pak (for a soup, risotto or sauce)
  • Canned diced or whole tomatoes (for a homemade pasta sauce or to use in a soup)
  • Canned legumes (white kidney beans, for a salad or even a soup)
  • Pasta and rice
  • Quality oils and vinegars
  • Canned beans with pork
  • Chocolate
  • Honey
  • Garlic and onions
  • Canned fruit and fruit cups (cherries, pineapple, mandarins, etc., for a last-minute dessert!)
  • Nuts and peanuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Molasses
  • Cocoa
  • Potatoes
  • Canned fish (tuna, salmon…)
  • Olives
  • Salsa
  • Flour
  • Brown sugar

2. In the refrigerator

  • Carrots and celery
  • 35% cream (the perfect finishing touch for a sauce or soup)
  • Lemons and limes
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Asian sauces (soy, hoisin, sambal oelek)
  • Parmesan cheese block (or grated in the freezer)
  • Eggs (for an empty-the-fridge omelette)
  • Yogurt
  • Apples
  • Dry sausage
  • Milk
  • Peppers
  • Dijon mustard and mayonnaise
  • Butter

3. In the freezer

  • Ripe bananas
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
  • Bag of peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Stuffed pasta (e.g., ravioli)
  • Bread
  • Vacuum-sealed white fish fillets
  • Frozen vegetables (green peas and others)
  • Wrapped pork tenderloin
  • Various sausages (mild or spicy Italian, Toulouse, etc.)

Now that you’ve stocked the pantry, check out our selection of recipes to cook on a stormy day. We even go into detail about cooking options if the power goes out. Check out our kitchen survival guide here: