What equipment you need to cook a meal in a 72 hour emergency
Within hours of an emergency you will need a cooker. Here are some ideas about a cooker.
Expect to cook without power. You will not be able to rely upon those handy electrical appliances such as can openers, blenders, food processors, and the like. Be sure to have manual equivalents, including a bottle opener.
Tin foil comes in handy for packet meals on a campfire or grill. Plastic oven-proof cooking bags can be used on top of the stove in a pot of boiling water to warm canned goods with no dirty pot to clean and reusable water. 1.
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Cooking system posts on theFrugal emergency preparedness website for helping families to prepare for the unexpected.
A gas barbecue grill is a most handy cooking tool, and many of the newer ones even have a side burner to use with pots. Be sure to keep an extra tank of propane on hand. If you have a charcoal grill, stock up on charcoal or wood.
If you do not have a grill, you may wish to use a camping stove.
Keep a set of old pots and pans in case you need to use them on the grill.
A cast iron skillet and dutch oven will be lifesavers. Just bury them in the embers of the fire to cook your food.
Mothers, you can make your own baby food out of most meals. Just be sure to have a mortar and pestle, grater, and/or potato masher on hand, and remember to omit salt, herbs, and spices. 1.
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References & photo credits
1. Disaster Emergency Cooking Equipment for the Kitchen: That fancy electric can-opener is useless in a power outage by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, http://homecooking.about.com/od/disaster/a/disasterequip.htm
2. Photo of camp cooking red meal in pot on the fire by Irene Knightly http://www.flickr.com/photos/hardworkinghippy/3882598014/