When life gives you snow, make...
In case you haven’t heard — we’re getting some snow.
At risk of the impending beef jerky boredom that lies ahead with this evening’s snow storm (and potential subsequent outage), we’ve rounded up five things we’ll actually want to eat if the power goes out.
Snow ice cream
So, snow ice cream exists—whether you want it to or not. And it’s ridiculously easy to make. First ingredient? Snow.
Before you cringe at the idea of chowing down on a bite of the Charles, hear us out: collect freshly fallen (“clean”) snow by setting out a bowl just as the flakes start to fall. Traditionally its made with a few drops of vanilla extract, an ample serving of white sugar, and enough dairy (half and half or milk) to give the snow a creamy consistency. A quick online search results in fans of the frosty treat and their own measurements for nostalgic bliss.
Chickpea salads and spreads
Garbanzo beans are chock-full of protein and come ready to eat in a can. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and a squeeze of citrus to a well-drained (and rinsed with bottled water) can. Coat with quick shakes of your favorite savory spices—think, cumin, dry mustard, curry powder, and/or garlic salt. Allow flavors to meld at room temperature. Chopped raw veggies, dried herbs, nuts, and oil-and-vinegar dressings are also no-brainer substitutions and additions. Or mash them (and any other canned bean you have laying around) with a healthy slug of olive oil and salt for a hummus-like spread for crackers, pitas, and veggies. Next
More than 24 hours without a cuppa might put us on an edge so one of the top priorities of no-power preparation. Cold-brewed coffee can be made sans power with a French press or a mason jar using bottled, filtered water and grounds but CNN.com’s Eatocracy offers an extra stroke of genius: freeze coffee into ice cubes ahead of time and pop them into your cold brew for undiluted bliss. Next
Don’t scoff. While everyone else is stocking up on regular ol’ bread and peanut butter, we’ll be feasting on focaccia. A high oil content keeps this bread tasting fresh for days after it leaves the oven and is arguably the next best option to pizza when the power goes out. Bake up your own (this is the recipe the cheesy focaccia pictured here) or head to your local grocer to grab a few slabs to save for later. Next
Tuna salad and other canned meats
Canned tuna, chicken, and other meats are just some of those things that lend themselves best to situations like these. Just make sure you have a hand-held can opener available. Condiment-based salads happen to be an easy fix for a satisfying meal, sans electricity. Stock up on individual mayo and relish packets to doctor up a no-refrigeration-necessary meal. Swap mayo with olive oil and chopped olives or capers for an Italian-style salad or try shelf-safe dijon or honey mustard with chopped carrots and celery for a zesty option. Back to the beginning
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