Labeled as a survival technique, cooking without power used to be the method of choice for our ancestors until the recent industrial revolution.
I can assure you, there were large, satisfying feasts going on back in the days, even without the electric ovens, microwaves, and toasters we’re all accustomed to right now.
Although you may know a few alternative ways to cook without electricity using the classic grill/campfire methods, as a prepper you’ll require additional options.
Today we’re going to explore some of these alternative cooking methods that work well either when you’re living off the grid or when the world is in chaos and the power grid is off.
1. Grill & Campfire cooking. These are the two most common methods that people use regularly on a large scale. It’s no rocket science behind these cooking methods.
In case of campfire cooking, all that is required is lighting up a pile of firewood and encompassing it using large river rocks.
You can place your grill on the rocks once the embers have become dense enough.
Additionally, you can place hefty green logs next to each other to act as support for your frying pans and/or pots.
2. Rocket stove cooking. Second on the list is another invention that most preppers and survivalists should be accustomed to.
The rocket stove is basically a chimney-like structure made of bricks with a tiny base opening. The chimney is where the heat travels, and it’s the spot where you place your pan/pot.
The bricks are excellent at maintaining heat. The tiny base pocket is essential for fueling the fire with oxygen that’s passing through.
The rocket stove is very easy and affordable to build, especially if you’re familiar with “lego technology.”
The video below will show you how easy it is to assemble and use it.
You only feed it woodfire, making it an excellent choice for powerless cooking.
3. Propane/Butane/Solo stove cooking. Stoves are just great at cooking without power. While we’re at it, let’s explore other viable alternatives.
• Propane stoves. Also known as “camp stove,” this particular device is lightweight, portable and runs on propane. Stacking a bunch of propane cylinders to not run out of fuel is also very affordable. You can cook mostly anything on this.
• Butane stove. The enhanced version of the latter, this device is a bit larger and is safe to use indoors. The downside is that butane canisters deplete after only a couple of hours. So, I only recommend this for short term cooking.
• Solo stove. Don’t want to stress over running out of fuel? Then this stove is for you. It’s portable and runs on whatever burning matter you come across in the forest. Anything from leaves, pine cones, twigs, and mostly any type of firewood should do the trick. You can buy this for an affordable sum on Amazon or eBay.
4. Solar oven cooking. You’re probably familiar with this method by now. If not, you’ll find a comprehensive guide on my blog.
Solar oven cooking is a method employed on a large scale in developing nations.
All it requires is the proper device which, by the way, is pretty simple to build and extremely affordable, and the heat provided by the sun. It’s true that the cooking process is lengthier than, say, an electric oven or even grilling, but the solar oven does the job thoroughly and at no additional cost nor fuel.
5. Car engine cooking. I know it sounds like a thing you’ve seen in Mad Max. Employ this as your last resort in a SHTF scenario where the civilized world has collapsed.
Now, you might think that “fuel is of the essence” and you won’t enjoy throwing it away on tasks like cooking when you can better fuel your generator or vehicle.
This is partially true – the car motor cooking method requires lots of fuel to maintain that heat.
However, after you’ve hit the gas for a while and you’re finally giving your engine some rest, you can use that time frame to cook something in there.
It’s free and pretty efficient. Here’s how to do it:
• You won’t necessarily require a recipient to place your food. Instead, all it takes is a piece roll of aluminum foil in which to wrap your food.
• Then place it as you see fit around the most heated parts of your car motor. Pull the hood down and wait.
I know it may sound a bit savage, but during an end-times scenario there won’t be any such considerations.
Now that you have plenty of options to choose from, it’s up to you to pick the one(s) that best fit your tastes and/or needs.