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Why a Dutch Oven Should Be Part of Your Survival Kit

Have you ever wondered how you would cook when there is no gas or electricity for any length of time? There is a real possibility that this could happen. For instance, ice storms can take out power lines for weeks.  Tornadoes do the same, and earthquakes break natural gas and electrical lines.

As you plan for emergencies of different types, your plans must include multiple ways to cook food and heat water. I enjoy using solar cookers of various styles, but in my part of the country, which is heavily wooded, full sunlight isn’t always available. I recommend solar ovens, rocket stoves, and the like, but one essential tool you must have, no matter the cooking method, is a Dutch oven.…

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Pioneer Cooking is an Art

Pioneer CookingPioneer, cooking is an interesting subject; it comes very close to the way in which many of us may have to cook in the future. It was a type of cooking that required that you make do with what you had, but in a way, it was also an art. In a future TEOTWAWKI scenario, this is exactly the same mindset and skill set you’ll need.

A few pioneer cookbooks still exist, and two that looked particularly interesting were Log Cabin Cooking and to get kids interested in this type of cooking, The Little House Cookbook.

I recently came across a set of rules for pioneer cooking.…

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What Kind of Dutch Oven do You Need

 

Dutch ovens – These were widely used by the pioneers due to their versatility.  You can make anything from cooking stew to baking bread.  Dutch oven cooking is an art all by itself.  Before purchasing a Dutch oven, consider the following:

•    Dutch ovens range in size from eight to about sixteen inches in diameter.  The most common size is twelve inches which holds about eight quarts.  This size will serve six to eight people.

•    Buy only Dutch ovens with legs.  There should be three legs, firmly attached.

•    The lid should fit tight with no gaps around the rim and have a vertical lip around the top to hold hot coals.…

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More on Solar Ovens

Solar ovens are a great way to cook; they are efficient, clean and easy to use.  In the hot summer the heat stays outside.  They work well in the winter as long as the sun is shining. The ambient air temperature doesn’t seem to matter much, as long as the ovens are well insulated from the cold ground or snow and in bright sunlight.

The one in the picture on the right is an old metal box I found and lined with 2 inch foil covered styrofoam insulation and a sheet of plexiglass for a top cover. It works quite well. …

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