Power Outage Food List – 12 Foods You Need During a Power Outage

This power outage food list comes in handy in any emergency situation. The list features foods that don’t require cooking or refrigeration and are non-perishable.

Power Outage Food List

Power Outage Food List

Most of the foods on this list can be opened without the need for any tools. But owning a manual can opener for these kind of situations is just the smart thing to do.

Of course a battery powered can opener will work, but why waste batteries in these kind of situations on something you can simply use your hands for?

KitchenAid KC130OHOBA Can Opener, Black, One Size

KitchenAid KC130OHOBA Can Opener, Black

1. Cereal

Cereal is not the healthiest of foods, but kids love it and it can be stored for a long time.

Serve it with boxed milk and they’ll eat for weeks.

2. Boxed Milk

Try to freeze milk if you can, but boxed milk makes a decent substitute and can be stored for months.

Think coconut, almond and rice milk. If you have chia seeds, you can use it to make chia seed pudding overnight and the fridge.

3. Crackers

Crackers are another pantry staple that can be kept on the shelves for a long time. They’re also very versatile and can be paired with a number of non-perishable foods including:

  • Tuna
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey

4. Fruit cups

Buy single serve fruit (peaches, pears, mixed fruit) and apple sauce cups with a peel-off lid and use them for a dessert or breakfast.


Tip:¬†While we all try to reduce plastic waste, do keep a cutlery set in stock in case there’s no water at hand.

5. Tuna Pouches (or Cans with Pop-Top)

Tuna provides omega 3 acids and a bit of protein, so it’s a smart food to keep in your pantry at all times. There’s a variety of flavors to choose from including herbs, lemon pepper and even bacon.

Pair the tuna with crackers or, if available, tortilla shells or bread.

Of course, if do have a can opener at hand, you can use those instead.

6. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a good source of protein and pretty filling. Obviously, if you or someone in your family is allergic to peanuts, this not the food for you.

Use peanut butter with bread, tortilla shells, crackers and pretzels and honey.

7. Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is a good source of protein and an excellent food on the go. You can find a good variety of beef jerky on Amazon.

8. Cereal Bars

Like with cereal, these bars are not the healthiest of food and I only keep them around for emergencies.

Most of them are filled with sugar or HCFS, but there are some brands like Kind that are slightly better.

9. Canned Chili

Cold soup, doesn’t taste so well, but cold chili can be very nice and filling served with taco shells.

Brands like Hormel, Stag and Tony Panko now come with a pop-top, so you don’t need a can opener. Learn more here.

10. Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit

Small bags of nuts are cheap and easily fit into a handbag. A high energy trail mix like this one from Power Up is also non-GMO and Keto/Paleo friendly.

11. Canned Kimchi or Sauerkraut

Both Kimchi and sauerkraut are fermented foods that good for gut health. Eat on it’s own or pair with beef jerky.

12. Spam

Spam can be eaten hot or cold. Serve with mustard.

Non Food Items You Need During a Power Outage


Final thoughts

Try to plan ahead for any emergencies that may occur. Use this power outage food list to provide for the basic items you and your family needs.


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