5 No-Electricity Off-Grid Cooking Methods

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Feed your family in an emergency or while camping in the wild with these 5 simple off-grid cooking methods…

Whether you live off the grid, enjoy camping in the wild, or simply have to deal with a power outage now and then, learning to cook without electric power can be a very useful skill. These 5 no-electricity off-grid cooking methods can be used just about anywhere, anytime to cook food for yourself and your family.

You will most likely need a few items to cook successfully off-grid, though some of these you may already have, like cast iron pots and pans. You’ll find a Spider or Camp Dutch Oven especially helpful, as well as a Dutch Oven Lid Lifter.

Learning how to cook off-the-grid before you need to is a great idea, so with camping season just around the corner, it’s time to get practicing! Without further ado, here are 5 simple no-electricity cooking methods from the Pioneering Today podcast:

1. Dutch oven cooking. I love cooking outdoors with my cast iron Dutch ovens. Let me say it again, I love cooking outdoors with my Dutch oven. It makes me feel like a bonafide pioneer woman, saves me money on my electricity bill, and I swear, food tastes better when cooked outside. Whatever the case, here’s Dutch Oven Cooking Over an Open Fire with full-on pictures and a round-up of some fun Dutch Oven Recipes and tips here.

2. Outdoor Camping Stove. A camping stove is the perfect starter stove. It’s lightweight, and great for boiling water or reheating food. Wanna know the best thing? You can find them for under $10. Yes, for less than $10 you can have a stove to cook with outdoors!

3. Solar Cooking. Use the power of the sun to cook your meals. I love this one because all you need is a sun oven to cook a meal. Not having to worry about fuel, smoke, or heat makes this my new favorite way to cook outdoors.

I have an All American Sun Oven from Sun Oven and it’s seriously my favorite new toy. I didn’t think a solar oven would work all the way up here in the Pacific Northwest and I was shocked when it heated up to 300 degrees in just twenty minutes. Not only does it save on electricity, but no heating up the house on hot days, and it can double as a dehydrator!

4. Cooking on top of a wood stove. We use our wood stove as our main and only heat source. I love being able to use our heat source for a second purpose and frequently cook on it even when the power is on. Here’s my tutorial on how to cook on a wood stove.

5. Cooking on an open fire. This is the way many a pioneer cooked on their trip’s west or on the frontier. And if all you have is a cast-iron skillet, it will get the job done. This will work even if you don’t have any other supplies on hand. Did you know you can even make a pumpkin pie in an open fire, without a skillet? This is one of the coolest recipes I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot, Pumpkin Pie “Pioneer Style”.

For more ways to cook without power, visit MelissaKNorris.com


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