Submit a Recipe


This year, Emergency Kit Cook-Off challenges you to give an emergency preparedness spin to your favorite comfort food recipes.  Whether that is nonperishable pizza, apple pie, or chocolate chip cookies! Take a “Comfort Food” recipe and re-invent it in a nonperishable way.

We’re not looking for gourmet cuisine, but we’re also not looking for simple peanut butter and crackers. Get creative with the ingredients. Prepare a hot or cold dish that you’d eat--and dare we say enjoy--if asked to shelter in place.

Specifically, we challenge you to:

1. Take a “Comfort Food” recipe and re-invent it in a nonperishable way. Use only nonperishable pantry and kit items, including (but not restricted to) seasonings, condiments, sweeteners, and potable water.


2. Use manual tools (e.g., can openers and hand whisks) instead of modern appliances— especially microwaves— in the preparation. Use the oven and/or stovetop if you must, BUT we challenge you to use alternative, safe heating sources if possible.

While the public is encouraged to submit a recipe during National Preparedness Month in September in exchange for a "thank you" gift (while supplies last), recipe submissions to are accepted year-round. Participation in the Emergency Kit Cook-Off is open to anyone ... everyone ... you!

NOTE: Persons who submit a recipe grant the Emergency Kit Cook-Off the right to distribute and reproduce entries for later web, television and radio promotions and collateral.