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Monday, August 30, 2010

Ark Prep 101 - Cooking Without Electricity!

It's been an interesting week at the Smith house.
All four of our main kitchen appliances stopped working
a couple of weeks ago.  We ended up having to purchase
a new stove, dishwasher, fridge, and microwave.
Oh, the JOY!
After the sticker shock wore off, we were actually excited to have
them delivered and installed,
 but then we remembered . . .
We closed on our house on FRIDAY THE 13th.
I look back now and wonder what we were thinking.
We haved had to replace everything including the gravel
and the cement floor in the basement.
It used to stress me right out, but now I just expect
a little challenge.
To make a long story short . . .
The NEW dishwasher doesn't work.
The NEW fridge has to be replaced because of injuries sustained
as a result of the installation.
When the NEW stove was plugged in, it exploded and shot
fire out the top leaving a burn mark on my backsplash.
The microwave works like a charm, I think!?!
I'm still trying to figure out how it works.
Sometimes my husband and I just sit on the porch and laugh.
(It keeps us from crying!)
There is NEVER a dull moment here!
So, you're probably wondering why you needed to read
all about my adventures at home . . . trust me,
there is a reason.
Without a stove or an oven making dinner this week has
provided great opportunities to think outside of the box.
We have used the crockpot, the grill, and the microwave, but
there are a lot more options for cooking without electricity.
1st Option:
The Propane Stove
(Small Propane Stove)
(Large Propane Cook Stove)
2nd Option:
Volcano Stove
3rd Option:
Propane Oven
4th Option:
Sun Oven
5th Option:
Dutch Oven

6th Option:
Butane Stoves

7th Option:
Wonder Box Stye Thermal Cooker
8th Option:
Over the Fire
9th Option:
Wall Tent Camp Stove
10th Option:
BBQ Grill
11th Option:
Kerosene Stoves

It's important to make sure that you have the fuel for
whatever option you choose to use.
It's also important to know how to use the items you have
on hand.  During an emergency is probably not the best time to
learn how to use your equiptment.
I will be posting specific information on each of the options
I have shown above next Tuesday.
Just for FUN . . .
Try making foil dinners outside with the family.
They don't take very long and the kids will have a
great time peeling their own potatoes and making their
own hamburger patties!
Follow it up with some S'mores

and you'll be a FaVoRiTe for sure!

1 comment:

  1. What? All propane (aka profane) camping stoves and no liquid fuelers? For shame.

    Camping fuel will get the job done at about 40% the cost of those little 1# bottles and somewhat cheaper than the 20# bottles. Plus in an emergency you could use unleaded for about 16% the cost of the small bottles.

    I have both profane and liquid fuels and use each for their strengths.