Imagine having to prepare and cook meals for your family from scratch, outdoors, and without electricity. Is it hard to imagine? What if you added the stress of natural disaster to the scenario? Would you have the knowledge, skills, and equipment to make meals without the modern conveniences you now enjoy? Long term storage foods range from the most basic items like wheat and beans (which take more time and energy to prepare) to just-add-water freeze dried meals. Likewise, emergency cooking can be as basic as boiling water over an open fire to rehydrate a freeze-dried meal or as involved as hand-grinding wheat for baking bread in a Dutch oven. How you cook during an emergency will be limited to the types of foods you have stored, your knowledge and skills, and your equipment. But don’t worry. We have articles that cover a range of emergency cooking topics. For now, here are some basics:
Helpful stuff. We have a camp stove, but I am looking for a recommendation for a piece of equipment that is portable & boils water quickly. I see a number of products that backpackers use. Any recommendations?
I would like to learn to bake with cast iron Dutch oven and coals like a oven to where I can bake biscuit cakes and roast meats .
Good question, Patricia. We recommend checking out these freeze-dried recipe prep videos with Chef Keith Snow:
These recipes on YouTube are also highly recommendable: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF8E458E63DE80493
I would love to have a recipe book on fixing freeze-dried foods.. Any suggestions?
Great question! Without gas and/or electricity, there are some solid options. For a smaller go-bag, there are great little folding camp stoves that operate with canned fuel. For a shelter-in-place scenario, you may want to go with a larger camping stove with propane canisters. Hope this helps!
What do you suggest how to cook food if electric is off
A cookbook would be fabulous! Why not? We’d all buy it!!!
Do you have a cookbook on how to cook with dehydrated foods?
Another,and better option is for Emergency Essentials to develop a Emergency cooking cookbook that does not have oven use.Afterall they do sell Emergency food and supplies,why not the cook book.
Sounds interesting! I’ll look into it!
I WANT IT