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!
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.
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.
Building a Fire