Cooking Fuel Overview

Emergency Preparedness, Powerless Cooking
While there are MANY great reasons to "do" food storage, the main one people think about is in preparation for a major natural disaster. Depending on the disaster, you could be without electricity and/or natural gas for anywhere from 3-4 days up to several months or longer. It is great to have FOOD to last that long, but eventually you are going to need to figure out how to actually COOK it. This is more of an advanced concept so if you are just getting started with your BabySteps feel free to bookmark or print this post for later reference. A while back we did a brief overview of a few different options for Powerless Cooking. However, most of them require some sort of fuel to store in order to…
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POWERLESS COOKING

Emergency Preparedness, Powerless Cooking
With the Seven Day Challenge "approaching" (remember it's going to be on a surprise day - but let's just say we're getting close ;) we wanted to do a brief overview of some powerless cooking options. This is not all inclusive. There are many options available, and each have their specific advantages. We plan on going into more detail about different powerless cooking options in the future, but for now wanted to throw out a few ideas for you to think about. SUN OVENS: Sun Ovens use the sun as an energy source and can be used to cook anything you cook in your regular oven. They can be used in parks that ban open flame cooking. There is never any danger of fire or of burning food or forests.…
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Dutch Oven Cooking – Oh Boy!

Powerless Cooking, Recipes
A couple of weeks ago I went to a Dutch Oven Cooking demonstration at my community recreation center. They had several different foods to sample and I got to see how they cooked with charcoal on the Dutch Ovens. I stood beside the "cooks" the whole evening and picked their brains about everything. I've never done Dutch Oven Cooking before so I wanted to learn all about it.   I grabbed a handout with some great tips and recipes on it. Here is a compilation of some of what was included:     Protect your dutch oven from wind and rain, or add extra coals to compensate. Remember, it's not an exact science, be ready to add or take away coals as needed (usually add). Cooking meat? Move coals to…
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