What three unique items do you have included in your Ready kit in addition to the suggested items on the Ready Georgia checklist?
Growing up in a family of chefs and butchers, I believe kitchen items are some of the most important tools to have on-hand because of their durability and versatility. A cast-iron skillet works on the grill just like it does on your kitchen’s stovetop – ideal for cooking in power outages. In addition, a thermometer is perfect for knowing when your food is fully cooked, especially when using alternative cooking sources during emergencies.
Why you think emergency preparedness is important?
While I prefer to keep things exciting and unpredictable in the kitchen, my family and I are always prepared for emergencies. Since emergencies often bring chaos, being prepared can help reduce stress because you are ready at all times. Plus, you avoid last minute scrambling for potentially limited supplies.
Have you or a loved one experienced an emergency where a Ready kit would have come in handy?
Thankfully, my wife and I have not directly experienced an emergency. I began working at The Sun Dial during the renovation in 2012, after the tornado hit Atlanta in 2008. Safety is the highest priority both at home and The Sun Dial kitchen, and we are always prepared for the unexpected.
What are best kinds of non-perishable food to keep around that can work with in lot of recipes?
I keep hearty foods stocked in my kitchen. From canned proteins like chicken or fish, to any kind of beans, to soups – clam chowder is my favorite – foods that sustain your appetite are key in any emergency. Tacos are a versatile dish, easily crafted with any protein and dried spice. Recently, I started canning my own salsa which pairs beautifully with tortillas. Lastly, homemade canned jams and pickles are a perfect garnish to any dish.
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