Kitchen Cooking Utensils


A few days ago, I was looking for a special utensil in our storage and got to thinking about cooking under, under primitive conditions.

Right away I thought of everything I have for an emergency and went da. What a moron, I have several plastic spatulas and large spoons in my storage.  Cooking over an open fire with plastic, come on be real.  That would be like cooking on the BBQ with a plastic spatula and having it melt all over the food.

So of course, I will change that and the plastic stuff will be given away.  It’s still useful in the house under normal conditions, but not over a camp fire. So my solution is not only to get metal utensils (garage sales) but an extra set of BBQ utensils. They are long and have wooden handles and they are made to use in hot conditions.  You also might want to store some of those metal brushes (the kind men use to clean the battery cables off) to clean the grills. The ones that come with the BBQ sets don’t last long if you cook a lot on the grill.

Other things that will be useful are:

  • Pot holders or oven mitts
  • Skewers or grill forks
  • BBQ cooking accessories for vegetables, fish and corn  I am not sure how many kinds there are out there for that use, but I see them at garage sales and thrift shops all the time. Those items would be great over a campfire; you don’t have to worry about pans or oil.
  • Welders gloves, my son always brings a pair when we go camping and he can reach into the fire and move hot pans and things around without burning his hands.
  • Good knives
Things like these skewers are always available in garage sales for next to nothing.

Any way this was my New Year bright idea and I am now in the process of unpacking and repacking the correct items.  Think about how many other things you can think of that you might need to look over and change.

Has always, we welcome your replies and suggestions.

Preparedness Mom

5 thoughts on “Kitchen Cooking Utensils”

  1. For cooking over coals over a low fire, nothing really beats my kefta skewers. I got a set of 30 metal skewers for only $9.99. (This was three years ago, so it may be slightly more now.) The are two feet long, and a half an inch wide. Kefta is like a spiced hamburger mixture wrapped around one of these kinds of skewers and grilled. They have to be flat or the kefta starts rolling as it cooks. But the skewers are useful for all kinds of foods, and especially for just spitting a big old chicken or some small birds, because they are so long. Mine are thick enough to hold a chicken’s weight without bending the skewer. If you have an Arabic grocer in your town, you can ask them if they carry ‘large metal skewers for cooking kefta’, because I haven’t seen anything as good and cheap at a regular store.

  2. Matt in Oklahoma

    Ok I gotta ask, can I really chance cooking with skewers and having my food fall off during a post apocalyptic event!?! Even after a lesser event like a storm tears up everything but leaves my grill and freezer and i’m cooking what i have left rather than eat the red cross sandwich is this the best choice?

  3. Prepardness Mom

    I thought all hunters cooked on sticks over a camp fire. Two fork end sticks with long stick across holding the game to cook. Sorry, to much TV.
    If you have a small piece of meat, put one in one way and come in from the other side with another. That should hold it from falling. That is why I mentioned the baskets they have for vegetables, fish and the racks to hold the skrewers. I know you can’t carry all these things but if need be, one basket should work.

  4. Flat, bamboo skewers are easily improvised and are common throughout Asia. Split your bamboo into about six radial sections, sharpen one end, then soak overnight in water so they don’t catch fire. If you have aluminum foil you can use this to make a heat shield to lay across the grill to protect the exposed ends from the heat of the fire. Lacking bamboo, a pair of tin snips and empty 2-lb. coffee cans will produce durable and washable 18-inch skewers, by cutting along each corrugation around the can’s circumference, then forming each strip into a folded “V” cross-section to stiffen it.

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