Learning to Cook After The Apocalypse (Or During Emergencies)
Article by Ryan
Cooking is a great art that provides culinary delight for many people. However, have you ever thought about what you might cook in an emergency situation? Learning to cook after the apocalypse might be one of the most challenging things you will ever do, as cooking without a burner, conventional oven, or gas grill is something most can only dream of. We’ll touch on what to cook in the wilderness, as well as some methods. If you had some emergency supplies, we’ll show you how to cook those, and what to pack.
There are many differences between an outdoor cooking setting without the conveniences of modern life and the setting of cooking without modern appliances. Without modern appliances, we are just like our ancestors who cooked over the fire. This may sound appetizing, but there is actually technique involved. For example, do you know how to boil water or make soup over a fire? Do you know how to kindle a fire without a lighter? This may sound like boy scout camp, but it’s a lot more- especially when you have the emergency you dreaded so much, and your family is on the line.
A difference between cooking with modern supplies and equipment and cooking without them is a taste difference. The palate will be completely different from what you eat today. You will eventually run out of spices, salts, and condiments, so you will eat foods with their natural flavor profile. Plain food is still better than no food. Cooked rabbit for dinner is better than foraging for insects. Am I right or would you like to try seasoned bugs? A plain flavor may be harder on your kids, but you can go around that by practicing eating plain food at home- this means no seasoning, no marinating, no special cooking techniques or art. Survival food is different than artisan food.
You also need to be able to start fires and control them. Create a ringed area enclosed by stones, and place dirt inside to create an area to cook. You cannot have a large fire since that will make it difficult to cook. Hopefully you have at least some flint and steel wool to create the fire. Soup is the easy way to cook food since it requires a fire and some water in a container. Of course, great tasting soup is a challenge if you don’t have the right supplies. Can you imagine the native American Indians cooking soup without salt?
Emergency supplies and cooking
You need to pack some essential cooking items in your emergency kit. According to Damian Campbell, a survivalist author, you need to have a pot and a pan in a backpack sized supplies kit. You can opt for cooking equipment as well. He advises a camp oven and camp burner for larger supply kits (and extended emergency situations). Using a camp oven may require practice, so unless you are a regular camper you may need to have a “family test day.” A family test day would also be a great day to cook plain tasting food. Of course, if you opted to store more herbs and spices in the emergency supply kit you’re testing, you could add in a dash of pepper. Damian Campbell also advises about cooking bread using a camping furnace (oven). Ideally, you would study how many times of cooking your portable gas canister will allow, as well. Finally, if you aim to be in tip-top shape, you could consider a Dutch oven as well. A Dutch oven works over a fire and it can cook bread and specialty items like fried chicken (ooh. Amazing to know you can get your KFC fix on an extended emergency, isn’t it? Now all you need is some poultry, or game birds.)
Truth be told, an emergency situation is unlike that which can be simulated right now. Even if you go to the wilderness of the national parks, I’m pretty certain most countries have laws against foraging for supplies, although if you’re really up for it, you should check your laws (just saying). Thus you would do better using your imagination and studying wild plant life in a book. Emergency food supplies will probably be a more pressing idea in a survival scenario.
Food stuffs in a wilderness sold out emergency
Let’s go over some basic food for survival items you’d like to include in your kit. First, for short-term you want dry stocked foods that are replenish-able with water. This might include my favorite, which are freeze-dried foods that taste great. A bit on the expensive side, freeze-dried food is quite convenient, aside from the fact you need large amounts of water to reconstitute the foods. Hence, you’d do well to store large amounts of water and methods to create potable water. This can be as simple as including a couple more water treatment tablets in your kit (enough for 2-3 weeks). Damian Campbell’s teaches you special methods to create potable water, as well as more detailed guidelines about what to pack for non-food, yet essential items in your emergency kit.
You will also want to stock items like flour, as well as some dried sources of meat. Oddly enough, Damian Campbell also advocates, half jokingly, less pressing items (to allow the perception of home comforts). These include Twinkies (a gas station type snack) and Ramen noodles. You should realize that an important element of survival is the psychology game, so taking yourself less seriously during an emergency is a great way to boost morale. Can you imagine laughing out loud when you’re one week deep in an emergency and you see those Twinkies? You’ll be saying, what the heck was I thinking of packing these?
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About the Author
Hey there good people, my name is Ryan. I love reading and learning new things from self-help guides, articles, and other digital books. I get great ideas and they also help me be prepared for any kind of situation. I hope you enjoyed my article.