Top 7 Quick Tips to Cooking Without Electricity
If you’re stuck in a post-disaster situation without power to fire up the stove, you only really have 2 choices: use the alternative heating source that you’ve acquired for just such an emergency, or go without coffee and eat cold spaghetti rings. Needless to say, one option is much preferable to the other!
Cooking Without Electricity – BBQ Grill
Using your BBQ grill is a good way to cook if you’re planning on staying at home and you have the fuel (either propane, charcoal, or wood) to use it. It’s not portable though, so if there’s a chance that you need to leave the house, you may want to plan on learning how to cook food using an alternative method.
Cooking Without Electricity – Open Fire
This is by far the most common alternative heat and cooking source but learning how to cook food over a fire takes some practice to do it well. It’s only good if you have plenty of wood to keep it going. You can use your kettles, Dutch ovens, or iron skillets over a fire to make just about anything that you’d like.
Cooking Without Electricity – Rocket Stoves
Rocket Stoves are great for cooking without electricity because they use a wood-burning high-temp combustion chamber to shoot nearly all of the heat toward your food instead of out into the air. Extremely efficient but not always portable and you need a supply of wood. Still, learning how to cook food on one of these stoves is relatively easy.
Cooking Without Electricity – Volcano Stoves
These are great because they’re collapsible for easy storage and use 3 different types of fuel; charcoal, wood, or propane. A volcano stove is extremely efficient, too. You can cook a meal with just 12 charcoal briquettes.
Cooking Without Electricity – Stove-in-a-Can
Stove In A Can This gadget runs on compressed fuel cells that have a long burn life and are replaceable. It is also lightweight and portable, as well as an inexpensive option to keep in your emergency kit.
- Boils water in 5 minutes after fully ignited and cooks for 4 to 5 hours
- Each Stove In A Can includes everything necessary for cooking.
- Uses a safe, water-resistant, non-explosive fuel source that can be stored indefinitely
- 1/2 gallon can weighs app. 2.75lbs (with fuel cells)
Cooking Without Electricity – Solar Ovens
Solar ovens (we recommend the Sun Oven) are good for cooking without electricity as long as you’re staying home. They require no fuel source other than the sun and work by using a panel that traps most of the heat in the stove and onto the dark, enclosed pot that’s holding your food. Think about how hot your car gets on a warm day and you’re getting the general idea.
Cooking Without Electricity – Camp Stoves
You can always use your faithful propane camp stoves, too. The downsides with these are that you can’t use them inside and you need fuel. The 16.4 ounce Coleman propane bottle will burn for about an hour under normal usage conditions.
A portable stove is a cooking stove specially designed to be portable and lightweight, used in camping, picnicking, backpacking, or other use in remote locations where an easily transportable means of cooking or heating is needed.
Cooking Without Electricity – Fondue Sets
Yep, you read that correctly. If you’re the proud owner of one of the alcohol-burning fondue pots, then you’ve got a really handy alternative source for cooking without electricity. It’ll heat your food well plus you have the nice little forks to class things up!
There are many different ways to heat your food and if you get creative, you’ll start thinking about them. Knowing how to cook food without power will be invaluable in an emergency situation. Remember, if it gets hot, you can heat something up on it!
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