National Preparedness Month Challenge – Emergency Cooking
When the storm hits and you are without power for a few days, how will you heat water and cook food?
Those of you who go camping regularly will probably have today’s post covered – for the rest of us, who don’t take the time to “rough it”, we will be taking a look at the things you might need for emergency cooking without power.
I think it’s fun when the power goes out and we have a chance to pull out the camp stove and use it. I actually have separate pots and pans to use on my outdoor camp stove.
Even though we almost always use this as our emergency cooking source, it’s always a good idea to plan for more than one way to cook in an emergency.
Plan for More than One Way to Cook in an Emergency
With little advance preparation, you can make a tin can stove and some buddy burners. These have been around since the Great Depression and it was our “go to” cooking source when I was a Girl Scout!
I found all of the necessary supplies in my house today. You can download simple directions for how to Make a Tin Can Stove. It doesn’t take much to make them, so save a #10 can and a few tuna cans, and store it in your garage for the future. This is easy emergency cooking!
Charcoal Briquettes and Dutch Oven Cooking may be just the thing for you. There are many websites offering dutch oven cooking advice and recipes. This type of emergency cooking does take some practice, and supplies, so read up if you are going to use this as one of your main types of cooking without power. You will need approximately 25 pounds of briquettes for 1 weeks use. Don’t forget to store an adequate supply of charcoal starter too.
Are you lucky enough to live in the country and have a fire pit in your yard? Even those who live in the city can purchase patio fire pits that can be put to use in an emergency cooking situation. Make sure you have plenty of fuel (wood or charcoal) for the type of cooking you want to do. Here are directions for making a wire toaster out of a hanger. These make a fun project with the kids and are easy to store for future use. Also, consider having plenty of heavy duty foil on hand for foil dinners. Here is a link for 9 foil dinner recipes and instructions.
Another simple way to plan for emergency cooking – Baking in a Box. With some advance planning, a large cardboard box and aluminum foil you will be cooking in no time! These directions use charcoal briquettes. You can also learn the skills to build a Solar Cooker from Solar Cookers World Network.
GOOD – Choose the three main ways you will cook in an emergency then download the five emergency cooking handouts for your binder.
BETTER: Download this Food Equipment List for emergency cooking and see how many you have on hand. Are you going to use utensils from your kitchen or have special (used?) ones packed away.
BEST: Purchase or make your own “three ways of emergency cooking” and make sure you have enough fuel for them.