For lunch I grated some cheese over a tortilla and then zapped it in the microwave for a quick cheesy tortilla quesadilla. Sometimes I use an electric skillet, but I was feeling lazy. I sure do love electricity. Among other things it allows me to cook very easily – a twist of a knob or a push of a button. I know exactly what temperature the oven is set to, and what time the food needs to come out. All I have to do is put some oven mitts on and pull the food out.
In the past few weeks tornadoes have ripped through Oklahoma; causing damage, loss of life, and loss of power to homes. With the news of the disaster, I’ve taken a moment to pause and reflect on life. I’ve also thought my family’s preparation for a disaster such as this. I admit we would be in trouble. Would you be able to live without electricity for a few hours? How about a few days? A few weeks?
When my little helpers get hungry how are we going to cook their food? Sure we could have peanut butter and honey sandwiches for a while, but we would want something more substantial. There isn’t anything like a nice piping hot casserole to fill your belly.
I’ve decided that I need to do some more research and planning to provide a means for cooking food during times of disaster – Survival cooking.
Here is a preliminary list of survival cooking techniques.
- Dutch oven (http://www.idos.org/)
- Candle cooking
- Canned heat
- Newspaper logs
- Solar oven (www.solarcooking.org)
- Applebox Oven (http://appleboxoven.com/)
- Rocket Stove (http://www.rocketstoves.org/)
- The Kelly Kettle (http://www.kellykettleusa.com/)
- Alcohol Stove (http://www.keyholestoves.com)
- Volcano Grill (http://www.volcanogrills.com/)
- Fireless Cookers (Hay box, wonder box, ice box, and Thermos) (http://www.iwillprepare.com/cooking_files/Wonder_Box.htm)
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