For East Coasters that are bracing for what looks to be monster Hurricane Sandy, we thought this would be a swell time to remind you of what your pals on the left coast already know: Create a well-stocked emergency pantry for yourself. Make a crowd favorite your own way: brine and broil the shrimp, then whip up some homemade cocktail sauce.
Ree's 3 ingredient appetizer is as easy to prepare as it is tasty: the only danger is that your guests may be tempted to fill up before the turkey is done! Simplicity meets elegance in this appetizer: just wrap brie in foil and bake for 20 minutes.
How to Stock Your Disaster PantryAs part of our April cover story on surviving anything, PopMech set up our own disaster pantry. How to Stock Your Disaster PantryHow to Stock Your Disaster PantryWhen disaster strikes and your family, friends, and neighborhood need your help, the last place you want to be is stuck in a food line. Tropical Storm Erika may not be a devastating event, but it's never too early to think about what hurricane supplies you should have on hand. Crackers: For snacking or eating with cheese and cold cuts from the fridge just after power goes out. Supplies: Garbage bags and ties, paper towels, wipes, fuel (charcoal, lighter fluid, matches) or a full propane tank for the grill, hand sanitizer.

You'll face a refrigerator full of rotten food if you evacuate, the power goes out and you can't return home for days or weeks.
Compiled with information from Times files, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and Clemson University Cooperative Extension. We looked to the American Red Cross for their best tips on how to make sure your family has enough to eat should a catastrophic event hit close to home. You may have a roof over your head, but not the electricity to cook dinner or run the refrigerator. Or if you buy the bottles, that's eight 16-ounce bottles per person or 56 bottles for seven days.
Look for condiments - ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, relish, salt and pepper - in individual packets. You may already have foods appropriate for an emergency such as bread, crackers and peanut butter. Thawed foods that do not contain ice crystals but have been kept at 40 degrees or below for no more than one to two days may be cooked, then refrozen or canned.
For canned foods, discard paper labels and note the contents with a marker directly on the can.

On its website, the Mormon Church advises a more world-weary approach, advising its flock to keep a three-month supply of food "that is part of your normal daily diet" on hand.
From your freezer, throw out items such as meat and poultry, which will go bad quickly if the power goes out. For instance, diabetics and people allergic to wheat will need special considerations since so many shelf-stable foods are carb- and grain-laden. The Red Cross’ advice for kitchen preparedness comes in two categories: a three-day supply for evacuation needs, and a two-week supply for your home.
In general, don't buy food that your family won't eat regularly - it'll still be in the cupboard for hurricane season 2010.

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