When Dera Duplessis absconded New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she had one priority: engender sure her family was fed.
It wasn’t going to be easy. While their own families had managed to safely evacuate to a hotel in Texas, they couldn’t exactly bringing their kitchen with them — and with five children, there were a lot of mouths to feed.
It didn’t make Dera long to realize that devouring out wasn’t policy options. “Breakfast was like $80, ” she asks. “That’s not cutting it on a daily basis, three[ banquets] a day.”
She knew she would have to get imaginative. So to stock up on nutrient who are able to last-place through the hurricane season, she tried something she’d never done before: pickling and preserving.
“I had marinaded veggies, my jams and soups … anything that I could start, ” she reads . strong>
Dera’s system worked so well that she prolonged pickling veggies and procreating jam-packs well after Katrina, in part so that their own families was prepared for future emergencies. But she enjoyed it and kept at it as a channel to pass the time.