Alternative Cooking Methods – Emergency Preparedness

I was invited to attend an alternative cooking demonstration to show methods of cooking in case of disaster.  I tried foods cooked using several of these methods.  I don’t know how long each took to cook but they all tasted wonderful and you would not be able to tell they were not cooked or baked in an oven or on a stove.

This first post will cover the methods that do not necessarily require the purchase and storage of fuel.

Be safe when using these methods – never use charcoal indoors!  Keep water nearby in case of flair ups.

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Solar Cooking – This was a purchased Solar Cooker (don’t know the brand).  Cinnamon buns were cooked in this and tasted great!

Solar Oven

Directions to make a solar oven.

Rocket Stoves – Rocket stoves can be fueled with wood such as collected sticks or with charcoal

Rocket Stove – Purchased

These homemade Rocket Stoves were made with cans.  The larger uses a 4 gallon metal bucket, the smaller uses a #10 can.

Homemade Rocket Stoves

Rocket Stove directions

Another Rocket Stove site

Apple Box Oven

Base is either cement or a layer of brick.
Cover with sheets of aluminum foil.
Place 4 cans (15 oz size) –  one in each corner and top with grate – this one was from a small       gas grill.
Cover apple box lid with aluminum foil.
Use chimney charcoal starter to light charcoal briquettes.  (I love these for starting charcoal – haven’t bought lighter fluid for years)
After briquettes are ready, place briquettes along the long sides on top of the aluminum foil.  I believe 15 briquettes were used.
Place items being cooked in pans on top of grate.
Cover with apple box.

In this case two loaves of bread were baked in glass bread pans.  The bread was delicious!

Apple Box Oven

Cardboard Box ovens are a similar idea:
Cardboard Box Oven
A Simple Box Oven

Thermal Cookers – To use these you do have to heat your food to boiling and then place in the thermal cooker.

Purchased – Saratoga Jacks  rice was cooked in the bottom pot and soup in the top. pot

Thermal Cooker – Saratoga Jacks

Homemade – For this one you use your own covered pot and place between two bean bag like pillows which have indents in them for the pot.  Another type of soup was cooked in this one.

Thermal Cooker

Dutch Oven Cooking – Sorry, I was too busy enjoying the food cooked in the Dutch Ovens to get photos before everything was put away.   In case you want photo of dutch ovens.
Fire building was not covered at this demonstration.  Fire building is a skill that should be developed for another method of emergency cooking and heating.

Dakota Stove

Building a Fire


One thought on “Alternative Cooking Methods – Emergency Preparedness

  1. Love it! Wondering where I was when the bread was baked ;-). We will be out of town on the 13th. Bummer, but I will let Wayne Know about it. Susan

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