Methods of Cooking Without Power
Having a stockpile of food is great for emergency situations but if the power is out, how do you plan on cooking it?
As preppers, we like to plan ahead and planning for a real and very possible situation like a power outage is a must.
Nowadays, very few people know what they would do without electricity for long periods of time, even more so how they would cook.
Luckily, by reading this post you will gain the knowledge of at least a few different methods in which you can still feed your family a nice hot meal when the power is out.
As long as the sun is shining you don’t need electricity to cook a meal. No need to worry about fuel, smoke, or heat. My personal favorite option is GoSun but there are many options available. If you have the time, you can also make your own solar cooker very cheaply.
On the Grill
An obvious option for cooking without power is to use the grill. This is only a good option if you have stocked up on coal or gas but if you have a grill in the first place, I don’t suppose this would be a problem.
Learning to cook on a wood stove is smart skill to learn for situations like these. As long as you have extra wood laying around, this is a good choice.
You will need plenty of fuel but cooking your meals on a camping stove is easy enough. Coleman have a good range of camping stoves but there are plenty of other options out there. If using this method of cooking, never use the stove indoors!
Over the Campfire
There is nothing quite like campfire cooking and you aren’t just limited to roasting marshmallows. Just get yourself a camp grill and you can cook just about anything you want.
Obviously you might want to take the time to brush up on your fire making skills BEFORE an emergency situation.
A Dutch oven is thick-walled (usually cast iron but also ceramic and clay) cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. This can then be hung over a fire to cook your food. If you have never tried Dutch oven cooking before, I highly recommend it.
Sterno stoves are lightweight and portable. They have a simple folding design that folds flat for easy carrying yet are strong enough to hold a heavy pot. Stock up on canned heat too if going for this option.
Heating output is limited, so this option is better for warming or reheating than cooking an entire meal from scratch. They can safely be used indoors too as long as there is some ventilation.