How do I bake bread without an oven?

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by DKR, May 21, 2018.

  1. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    I get this question from time to time. Post-disaster, folks may not have a working oven - most are electric or gas, so it can be an issue. Many folks don't have a stove top oven - the most common is the Coleman folding oven. Another choice is a reflector oven - I cover these in a bit.

    An answer for the how do a make bread is to steam the bread and not bake it. This is a classic for Asian buns and dumplings. Here is a video I found that walks you thru (with recipe) for so-called Yankee bread. You have seen this - it is the same thing as the B&M brown bread.

    This viedo shows how to use an empty vegetable can as the cooking vessel - so no new or fancy gear required. Upcycle anyone?

    Note - make bread this way is fuel intensive, keeping a pot of water boiling for 2 hours can use a lot of fuel. If, however you are using a kerosene heater to keep your shelter/home/hovel warm, this isn't normally an issue.

    Use the search string 'steamed buns' for many more recipes and ways to make steamed bread.

    The folding Coleman stove - for baking can be used on

    A Coleman gas stove

    A wood burning rocket stove

    or on a conventional wood stove

    A Sterno burner won't work as these produce low heat. A alcohol burner stove, like a Trangia will work, but again, this is fuel intensive, so an alcohol stove should only be considered if your fuel supply is plentiful.

    Reflector ovens, if outside, work well - after some practice.

    You can make your own from sheet product

    or use some sticks and a sheet of Aluminum foil

    A more conventional approach is to make a 'camp' oven from upcycled coffee cans or #10 cans

    finally, use your imagination - a lot of things will work as a small oven - for short term use in baking
    even a cardboard box, soda cans & aluminum foil....
    Last edited: May 21, 2018
  2. Thunder5Ranch

    Thunder5Ranch Monkey+++

    Metal box that fits on the top of my wood stove with a couple of vents to open and close to control the temp in concert with maintaining the fire in the stove. Working on a stone oven outside that I will finish someday................. And I just fry the biscuits now days :)
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  3. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Dutch oven, plus fire.

    You can make big corn bread and muffins. So I think it will do bread.
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  4. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    I'm trying to post content for visitors, new board members and anyone that is new to cooking with a woodfire or campstove (Coleman) - which is a lot of folks. Plus this content increases the hit count to the site as folks search for these kind of cooking tips.

    I tend to post how to videos as a meme (in this case- making bread without an oven) as most folks these days seem to learn (better?) when shown as opposed to looking at text and trying to sort out what is really being said....

    I fully understand for that most of he old heads here this is old stuff/coals to Newcastle.

    But for the noobie - it is not.

    Perhaps an image of your 'metal box' would give folks an idea of what you are using. A fry bread video would be nice as well. As much as I love frybread, it's bad enough that I eat as many biscuits as I do - let alone fried! :eek:

    As a matter of fact, I just finished off a (small) bowl of hot biscuits with my lunch. With the butter and jam....oh, yes. Must be all the cooking videos. It will be all cleaned up before DW gets back home :LOL:
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  5. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Solar Oven. Same way I cook beans, roast etc.
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  6. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    love that 1st video!

    Great thread!
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  7. Seepalaces

    Seepalaces Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    This is a great idea! I bought a volcano grill last year for exactly this reason. We're hispanic, so we'll be ok as long as we have rice, but I stink at making tortillas and bread will be a great treat in SHTF.
  8. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    My daughter got one of those - the whole outfit to include the dutch oven, propane burner and so on.
    She loves it. When camping that is there main 'oven' I use dutch ovens & charcoal for bread, cobbler, pies, buns, pineapple upsidedown cake - the whole enchilada, so to speak. . I was in a Scout troop where one of the adults ran a 'cooking school' for the troopies.

    Want I should post some good tortillas videos? Pretty easy, once someone shows you the tricks....
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  9. Seepalaces

    Seepalaces Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    I would love the videos, for anyone because handmade tortillas are so much better than anything you buy in the store. We're hispanic, so my grandmother and my husband's abuela and tia have all given me tips and lessons. I'm quite hopeless, my tortillas always end up like fat pancakes. My mom says that's because her side of the fam is french and I'm predisposed to making crepes. Hey, my carnitas are to die for and my pecan pie is the thing people ask me to make for holiday meals, so I guess I can't complain.
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  10. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Pecan pie trumps tortillas every time.
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  11. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    SEX !!!
    Duh !
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  12. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    That means the bread will be burnt ----
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  13. We have used a dutch oven and a tri pod. Bread, corn bread, corn pone, biscuits etc. Pre heat the oven, put in the dough, then add coals on the top. You can adjust the tri pod height so you dont burn the bottom.
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  14. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

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  15. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    No oven? Well, there IS the dutch oven, but there's also fry bread.
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    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

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  18. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    3 ways of making a tortilla - two different presses and with a roller.

    this video uses a skillet rather than a classic griddle, both will work, this is why i have a large cast iron fry pan, for large tortillas:D.
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  19. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    handmade tortillas - this is a real skill, make no mistake about it.
    no palote used.
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  20. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    skillet bread - aka artisan bread . About the easiest way I've seen to make skillet bread!

    (it is baked in an oven, but this is an easy recipe)

    cooking bread on stovetop (nice point make about covering the frypan..)


    improvised stovetop 'oven' - this describes several ways to bake using a stove top and different cooking pans etc...

    Finally, making bread with tea candles. A bit messy, but in a pinch....
    not perfect, but cooked..
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