The Doable Off-Grid Homestead by Stewart and Shannon Stonger gives the reader a taste of off grid life on a tight budget. When they say “off grid”, they mean it. They have no grid electricity, no well or conventional running water. They share their mistakes as well as their successes. If you have a determination to get back to the land, but little money to follow your dream, this book may be a good resource for you.
There are a number of different options for emergency cooking. In this post we'll cover everything from simple heating to large scale cooking for emergency situations.
Before we get started: For those who are new to preparedness, using an emergency generator to power an electric stove or microwave is not a good allocation of resources. Stoves and microwaves use a lot of power in a short amount of time. It's much more practical to use other means to heat/cook your food.
- Always be careful to use options inside or outside as appropriate. Don't end up asphyxiated from cooking fuel fumes or burn your house down while trying to make a hot meal.
- Make sure you have cooking equipment suitable for your heating option of choice.
- Practice with your method(s) of choice until you can reliably produce a meal. Don't use it for the first time in an emergency (except for the “heat themselves” food items).