7 Of The Best Off the Grid Cooking Techniques If The Power Goes Out
If you’re like 99.9999% of Americans you probably rely heavily on your kitchen stove or microwave to cook all your food.
Some of you might escape to your patio and use a gas or charcoal grill on occasion, but for the most part it’s stove top/microwave cooking to get all of your cooking needs met.
Regardless of how you presently cook, unless you use some of the following methods, the truth is if something ever happened to the electronic grid you’d be up the creek without a paddle when it comes to preparing food.
Which is why it’s incredibly important to know what your alternatives are.
Remember, it’s been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt our electrical grid is highly exposed.
It could go down as a result of ISIS targeting some of our larger power stations…a total loss of power could come as a result of a rogue terrorist taking down power stations…and it could could even happen as a result of a large solar flare knocking out the power grid.
So, with that in mind reading through this blog post will help you see there’s a few easy-to-use, simple to operate alternatives that’ll help you cook when the power’s out..
7 Off the Grid Cooking Techniques
1 – Soda can alcohol stove:
Two of the things you’ll be able to find in abundance if the grid goes down are soda cans and alcohol.
Taking two standard sized 12 oz. soda cans combined with some rubbing alcohol will give you a hot, long-lasting flame which will boil water and help cook food in a fire.
2 – Solar oven:
Beyond using the sun and solar panels to generate free power you’re also able to convert the sun’s rays into a viable and effective means for cooking your own food.
If you’re prepared to use the power of solar rays to cook your own food here’s how to make it happen.
First gather your supplies. Here’s what you need to build a solar cooker.
- Aluminum foil: To reflect the sun’s heat on to your cooking surface.
- Cardboard box: Creates the oven’s main support.
- Tape/glue: To attach foil to box. Choose heat resistant tape or glue.
- Clay pot: Serves as your main cooking dish.
- Glass pot: Works to hold your clay pot.
- Food grade thermometer: To make sure your food’s being cooked.
Then it’s as simple as taping the foil to the cardboard box and then assembling the box so it creates a circular fan shape.
To see how that looks check this out.
3 – A fireplace:
This one might go right past some, but a fireplace is actually a great fall back for cooking if the power’s ever out.
You can cook meat on a spit, set a cast iron pan on top of hot coals, rig a suspension apparatus over the fire to boil water, or place food wrapped in aluminum foil directly in the fire. Be careful though, items coming out of the fire are going to be quite hot so make sure you’ve got a hot mitt and/or tongs.
Also be sure your flue is clean. The last thing you want is for your flue to catch fire or for your house to fill up with toxic smoke.
4 – Portable camp stoves:
Small, portable camp stoves are great for off the grid cooking. If you’re looking for something that’s easy to use and doesn’t rely on complicated tools and tons of fuel then a portable camp stove is an awesome option.
Some of the smaller ones are nothing more than a steel frame that’s been designed to hold small, flameless hexamine tablets that will cook you a hot meal in a short amount of time.
Others are slightly more advanced (and expensive) and rely on small fuel canisters that hook up to a metal pot holder. These are commonly used by backpackers and campers.
Either unit will help you get food cooked up in a hurry if there’s no power.
5 – A rocket stove:
Never heard of a rocket stove? Not to worry, it’s nowhere near as complicated as it sounds.
“The rocket stove is an efficient option that uses only bricks and wood and can be assembled in a short amount of time. You will still be able to use all of your other normal kitchen equipment with this stove. The other beauty of the rocket stove is that it doesn’t just have to be used in a survival situation; it can also be used as a temporary backup on normal days when your regular kitchen stove breaks down. The downside: It’s not portable.”
6 – Two holes in the ground:
Most of you are probably familiar with fire pits, or campfires.
While they’re rather effective at helping to keep you warm and to cook food, there’s an even more efficient way to use a campfire for cooking.
It’s called a Dakota hole, and it’s actually two different holes. One side is open, allowing air to circulate, it’s then connected underneath to another hole which is filled with fuel, which in this case would be wood.
The design gives you the ability to cook quickly while saving your fuel.
Here’s a video showing you how it works.
7 – Charcoal/propane grill
I’ll start off by saying these probably aren’t the most incredible revelation.
But let me just offer a small caveat. Either of these grills will be quite helpful if the power goes out. Obviously each has their limitations. Propane tanks will run out after a while and charcoal will too.
The nice thing is you can use wood in the base of either and achieve the same results. The grill will keep your flame protected, won’t require electricity, and will help you cook in the worst of situations.
The truth is if the power goes out at any time you’ll want a fall back method to cook.
These off the grid cooking techniques are worthwhile and dependable.
If you want an emergency/backup method for cooking that’s cheap and portable I recommend the portable camping oven with hexamine tabs.
These things are cheap, durable, and will work in almost any situation.
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