Food Preparation & Storage

Do You Know How to Cook When the Power Goes Out?

The common term for off grid cooking is chuck wagon cooking. It’s not just simply cooking over an open fire, like a campfire. But’s more long term cooking. Similar to what the original pioneers of our country would have done, maybe while they were trekking across the country towards what is now California.

When the power is out and the propane tanks are empty, then it’s time to starting seriously thinking about how you’re going to cook your food, unless you’re ok eating cold canned food all the time.

Making Coffee

We need to keep our priorities straight here so coffee first the old-fashioned way.

Coffee is brewed using a handful of grounds to one cup of water. You would grind your own beans using a hand grinder. Whole unroasted (green) beans would be the best way for Preppers to store large amounts of coffee.

This is easy to make, but difficult to perfect so experiment some. To make, you simply put the grounds in the water and boil. You can add eggshells to help settle the grounds, and in some cases, a splash of cold water added just before pouring will help settle the grounds as well. A dash of salt will help with bitterness. If you don’t want to deal with having grounds in your coffee you can also use a stainless steel coffee percolator.

Next Is Fried Bread:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 Tb sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2-4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • Vegetable oil

Heat the milk until warm (115° F), and be careful you do not scald the milk.

Then pour into a large bowl and add the yeast and sugar. Then stir in beaten eggs and salt. Slowly mix in the flour until mixture forms smooth and elastic dough.

Cover with a damp cloth and allow the dough to rise until it doubles in size. Sprinkle flour over your work surface. Divide the dough into 10 or 12 pieces roughly the size of a lemon. Flatten into discs. Leave the dough to rise for another 10 minutes.

Heat oil to 350 degrees in a deep fryer, large pot, or skillet and then fry dough discs one or two at a time for three to five minutes, and turn once to make sure both sides fry evenly (Legends Of America, 2016).

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