Cooking Without Utilities
When Utilities are out more than 6 hours:
Keep door closed as much as possible
Use Bottled water instead of opening the frig
If any question on food spoilage, throw it out
When power comes back, cleanout and disinfect
Use most perishable items first
Keep door closed as much as possible
Food is good for 3 days if the door remains closed.
Wrap freezer in blankets to help keep it cold
Food with ice crystals in their centers are still safe.
Thawed meat must be immediately cooked, eaten, canned, dehydrated or made into jerky.
Cook in well ventilated areas
Be aware of carbon monoxide dangers
Never use BBQ grills or camp stoves indoors
Have a plan and means for putting fire out before you light it
INDOOR EMERGENCY COOKING
Canned/Bottled Food May be eaten without cooking
Ready to Eat Foods
Emergency Candles Use for cooking and light
Sterno / Chafing Fuel An easy method of cooking for:
72 Hour Emergency Kits
Boiling small amounts of water for dehydrated or freeze dried foods
Cooking small amounts of food
Easy to light with a match and extinguish by placing lid back on can
Added benefit of heating home
Keep a large supply of wood for fuel
Have Fire Extinguishers Ready
Clean Chimney every 3 years or more if used often
In most cases it is better to cook longer than hotter
Use meat thermometer to be sure foods are completely cooked
Be sure to have plenty of extra fuel
DO NOT use barbeques indoors
Camp stoves are for OUTDOOR USE ONLY
Store plenty of fuel
Home Made Emergency Stoves
#10 Can Stove
1. Use a standard #10 Can
2. With a can opener cut several vent holes around the top and bottom of the can.
3. Use Sterno or “Buddy Burner” for fuel
4. Place the can over the fuel, carefully light the fuel with a match
5. Cook directly on stove “top” (bottom of can) or put pot on can
Make a “Buddy Burner”
1. Use an empty tuna can
2. Cut cardboard in strips and roll up to fit inside the tuna can.
3. Pour melted wax over the cardboard.
4. Add some lint from dryer to serve as a wick for easier lighting.
5. Light with a match, use as fuel with #10 Can Stove, or with a grill.
Stove in a Can
1. Push a roll of Toilet tissue down into a quart metal can
2. Pour 1 bottle of Isopropyl alcohol over the paper.
3. Light with a match, use as fuel under #10 Can Stove or with a grill.
Note - Alcohol burns very hot, cooking surface needs to be 6-8” above stove.
4. “Turn off stove” by replacing can lid. Do Not try to blow out flames.
Open Camp Fire
Build up sides with rocks, bricks, etc. and lay rack across top for pots or fry pans
Wrap meat or vegetables in tin foil, put on coals, (not open flame) to cook.
Cook hot dogs or meat strips on green willow sticks over the fire, best with coals.
Make a “reflector oven” to cook beside the camp fire.
1. Cover a cardboard box with several layers of tinfoil.
2. Place pan of biscuit dough in “oven” and place oven beside fire.
3. Can also make a shelf in the middle of “oven” by taping another piece of cardboard in the box, or taping two boxes together, and covering with tinfoil.
4. Place pan on the shelf and charcoal on the bottom of the oven for additional heat.
Use the reflector oven, tape a piece of cardboard covered with tin foil on the side of your oven, as a door. Add charcoal in the bottom of the oven for your heat source.
9 – 10 briquettes on bottom, 15 – 16 on top = approximately 350 degrees
2 briquettes on or off = approximately 25 degree change
You can cook just about anything in a Dutch Oven with charcoal briquettes
Solar Oven – Ovens are available for purchase, or can be made from a cardboard box.
Does not require fuel
No fire hazard
Can be left unattended
Lower cooking temperatures, food doesn’t burn
Can only be used on sunny days in areas with no shadows
Best cooking times are between 10 AM and 2 PM
1. Use a heavy cardboard box or two boxes, one inside the other.
2. Paint boxes black inside and outside
3. Stretch a Turkey Oven Bag across the top of the oven, tape in place.
4. Cover 4 pieces of cardboard with tinfoil, and shape to fit the opening of the oven , like a funnel. Tape in place.
5. Place a thermometer in oven, so you can regulate cooking time. (Double normal cooking time)
6. Use dark light weight pans for cooking.
In an emergency, will you be part of the problem –
or part of the solution?