Survival Cooking

Most people rely on their electric stove for cooking. For survival preparedness (without electricity), you might also consider other methods.

While cooking is not imperative for every survival situation (not all foods require cooking), it certainly has its place…

We have available to us (in the grocery stores) many foods that are already processed in a way that does not necessarily require cooking, and are already free of bacteria and other harmful substances. For example, canned foods can be safely eaten without cooking because they have already undergone a process which destroys harmful bacteria.

The food in a survival kit should be selected such that they will not necessarily require cooking. On the contrary, survival food storage in your home should consist of a well rounded variety, some of which will certainly require cooking.

For those of you who have natural gas to your home, you probably have a gas stove in your kitchen. For the majority of probable disaster scenarios, your gas supply to your home will remain intact and useable. Given the gas pipeline distribution systems, the likelihood of losing gas pressure is very low (unless purposely shut off). Unless the disaster is enormous in scope, having natural gas to your home will ensure the ability to cook, even without electricity, because most gas stove-top burners will light with a match – although the oven might not light due to modern electronics even in gas stoves.

For those who live in rural areas, many (most) will a large propane tank supplying LP gas for things such as stoves, heating systems, hot water heaters, and even clothes dryers. During a power outage you will still be able to cook, so long as there’s propane reaming in the tank.

For most people though, they rely on electricity for cooking (electric stove). Electricity is one of the first things to go out during many disasters. Electricity is the single most important system that we rely upon in our modern world today. Unfortunately most people have little knowledge or alternative methods to keep them going (alive?) for very long without electricity. Herein lies the purpose of this post… to think about what you would do without electricity as it pertains to survival cooking. Cooking without electricity.

Many methods of survival cooking (e.g. camp stoves) involve the use of fuels such as propane (I also have a small portable butane stove). Their all good up until you run out of fuel.

If you already have a a propane stove, butane stove, a BBQ grill, or a ‘white gas’ stove such as a Coleman camp stove or other similar cooking stove, you will (should) also have on hand some amount of fuel for it. Question yourself as to whether or not you have enough.

An important consideration for survival cooking is to have a backup plan in case you run out of petroleum based fuels for your portable cooking stoves.

This basically leaves two natural sources of energy that can be converted to sufficient heat so as to cook food or boil (or pasteurize) water for safe drinking. They are, Firewood and the Sun.

If you had to cook over a fire, do you have what it takes?

Do you know how to build a fire? When is the last time that you tried?
Do you have a method to support your pots and pans over a fire?
A tripod stand to suspend a dutch oven?
A cooking grate?

Do you have an adequate supply of ready firewood?

Do you have a wood stove? A wood stove could also be used for cooking.

Do you have a solar oven? Did you know that you can cook pretty much anything in a solar oven even though the temperature inside the oven might not reach that of the oven in your kitchen?

Hopefully this has you thinking about your own current backup plans for survival cooking if you should lose the means to conventional cooking with what you have today…

Any further thoughts?