Forget bread and milk, buy these items before a storm
It's become a cliché. A caricature of itself. Buying bread and milk before a winter storm hits is the stuff of legend. It's so ingrained in our heads that pop culture met it head on with sarcasm.
As I drove home from work behind a de-icing truck I thought about the logic here.
How much bread does your family go through in one week? A loaf of bread is usually going to last about that long. Even bad winter storms tend not to hamper travel for more than three days. If you already have a loaf, you probably don't need more. Milk? Do you already have any? Do you really need more?
So I researched what experts say we really should be buying and sure enough bread and milk aren't on the list. Neither is frozen food. You know why?
Because if there's a power outage things like milk and frozen food are going to go bad and won't help you.
Here's what they say makes sense to stock up on before a winter storm.
Bottled water (at least one gallon per person per day, for at least three days)
Canned goods, and think of cozy, warming foods like soups and stews
Snacks like chips, cookies and crackers that are in sealed packages
Cereal and granola
Anything jarred, from jellies to pickles to meats
Canned tuna and salmon
Peanut butter and other shelf-stable nut butters, a vegan-friendly source of protein
Dried pasta and jarred sauce
Wax-sealed hard cheeses
Salted butter, which lasts longer at room temperature than unsalted butter (very smart tip if there's a power outage!)
Coffee, tea and hot cocoa mix (throw in some marshmallows for a snow day)
Extra toilet paper and paper towels
Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski only.
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