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i have been rethinking my basic cooking items

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by hank2222, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. hank2222

    hank2222 Monkey++

    I been spending time with my friends in Az and i been watching my friend cook our meals with the basic appliances in the kitchen and i been sitting here thinking about my basic cooking need

    She has been useing a vacum thermal cooking pot to make the evening meal that she start's in the morning and we eat at night ..

    Since most of my cooking recipes are basic dish and nothing fancy about them ..So i have been thinking about do some basic remodel on the kitchen applainces for long term cooking

    Here is my basic list of the cooking applainces in the kitchen .This items i cook with now and make my meals up as need

    mircowave oven
    tea kettle
    induction double burner cook top

    I have been reading up on the socalled thermal non electric cooking style of how to put food inside a vacum pot to cook with it own heat from the socalled heat from the slimmering water that add to the pot before you add the socalled inside cooking pot

    i been thinking about adding the follow item to the kitchen cooking appliance's

    Zojirushi 1.1/2.gallon sized non electric thermal vacum cooking pot to start a meal in the morning and then in the evening it done and ready to eat when i get in at night ..

    So what do you guy's & gal's think of the idea
  2. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Vacuum Flask Cooking can be very time and energy efficient

    but appropriate food preparation methods and food hygiene for this kind of cooking are vital.

    Most recipes for casseroles, stews and tajines would be suitable for vacuum flask cooking. It is an energy and time efficient method of cooking, which has certain advantages for backpacking. Prepare the luchtime meal while preparing breakfast...at lunch time, all that's necessary is to unscrew lid, pour into dish and start eating.

    Here are some websites with vacuum flask recipes that may be of interest




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  3. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    ill stick to my wood stove, dutch oven and fry pans
    aint found much i wanna eat that cant be fixed in just those
  4. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I'm too simple I suppose....
    Frying pans, pots, dutch ovens, grills, kettles, and large stew pots.
    If it fits on my travel tarilers propane stove, my coleman stove, or my wood stove, it's there! I also have some items such as a rotisserie basket for open fire cooking.
    I am not counting on electric appliances at all...
    I even have the OLD style flour sifter and hand crank egg mixers.
    Even though I have solar/batteries and invertors and it provides me with 120 vac, I don't count that... for any real power drain.
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  5. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    It would be wise for all who love their electric whiz bang appliances to have some basic primitive technology cooking equipment and skills. Without some of both (the more the better), post SHTF one might find themselve up the proverbial Crap Creek without a paddle. Practice and skills in these areas might actually be something close to a life saving (sustaining) skill.[beat]...jmho
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  6. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    I have propane stoves, white gas (dual fuel) stoves, charcoal grill and some folding stoves for sterno cans/triox bars. If necessary, there is the old tried&true 'campfire' system.
    I have the usual pans, camp cooksets, etc - but when actually camping I use my old stainless GI canteen cup to heat water for Mountain House packets, or to cook in. It's my standard for MC camping.
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  7. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Hmm... Though I've never used one, I'm thinkin' I'll probably stick with the ol' crock pot for morning-started dinners. :)
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  8. txswfan

    txswfan Monkey+

    Just got a nice carbon steel Wok for the wife and I. We're trying to drop some lbs and figured we'd try to eat heathier. In the kitchen I use a cast iron skillet and a cast iron, long handled dutch oven. Outside, we like to cook in the Dutch oven with oak charcoal.
  9. Okie_Doke

    Okie_Doke Monkey+

    I feel like primitive is best.

    You cant go wrong with Cast Iron.
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  10. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    I agree cast iron I have one big one for gravey and stew then one med size for every thing else. Plus you can bake corn bread and biscuits in them so really the take the place of two. It's probaly the way I grew up they seem to cook better and the foods taste better. Plus if taken care of them they last a life time my mom stil uses ones her mom used in the 1960's when she was a kid
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  11. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    I only know how to use these...
    You say that other cookware was being made...???

    cookandserve-set. boling pot.
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  12. hank2222

    hank2222 Monkey++

    It is a thermal cooking pot system .by useing the heat of the food to help cook the food with a boiling water inside a vacum type thermos set up ..Where the socalled thermos is inside the hot water and the heat of the unit slow cook's the food inside the thermos ..

    This way you can bring the food to a boil & take it off the heat and put inside the thermal cooking pot and like a electric powered slow cook the heat of the food when cook the food over a set number of hour's

    here is a picture of the non electric cooking pot
    non electric slow cooker.
  13. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey


    I just looked up that non electric slow cooker. I thought, "What a great idea!" Then, I saw the price - Ouch! I still think it's a great idea, and if you really used one, I'm sure you could save back the cost in energy savings; but it would take a while. I'll have to stick with the old fashioned method of cooking for the time being.
  14. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    We will have our bi-annual gathering in Oct and are "theme-ing" it a Bug Out exercise as many will be tenting/camper/RVing it. Some will be using the cabins. We all will be cooking outside using the big fire pit, camp stoves, solar, and hopefully someone will demo the vacumn system. Am old fashioned like another but have added two antique ovens instead of the Coleman fold up. My reliance is on wood and most plans are geared to that heat source. Am toying with a solar powered solar stove that tracks so you do not have to continue turning to face right for max heat.
    Bring your gear and "BO" with us. We will be cheating a bit with running water and electric lights--and electricty to turn the ice cream machines--ahhhh, modern conviences--but do have two hand cranks.
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  15. bzybvr

    bzybvr Monkey+

    I have been cooking primativly for years at our BOL. Cast iron is a very good choice for open fire, wood stove, fire pit even gas grill. you can cook everything from a pot of beans in a firepit (dig hole, line with stone, build fire, burn till nothing but hot coals, place pot in hole and cover ) to bread or a roast chicken in any other option.
    I have made "thermos meals" using boiling water, veggies, soup base etc. no uncooked meat or eggs. great for hiking I find wide mouth thermos work the best. Breakfast made the night before are also easy with everyone adding their own favorite fruit or sweetener to oatmeal or wheatberries, just add boiling water and seal.
    never tried solar as being in the north east this more often than not impractical.
  16. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    anyone else here ever wrapped their meat and such in green leaves and burried it to slow roast under their fire?
    it works quite well, i had read about it years ago and decided to try it a few times just in case
  17. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    Amazon.com has a lot of deals on cast-iron cookware. Generally, you get free shipping to boot.

    Load an add-in called 'CamelCamelCamel' to Firefox and you can see if the price is a good deal or not. You see a graph on what the daily price has been over time.
  18. STANGF150

    STANGF150 Knowledge Seeker

    Flea Markets are also good for getting Cast Iron cookware at decent prices. You may have to scrub a lil rust off but its generally very old so been seasoned well. Its where I found a couple cast iron pots to go with my half dozen cast iron frying pans & dutch oven.
  19. wags_01

    wags_01 Monkey+

    Watch Craigslist too; I picked up an 8 qt Lodge dutch oven for 10 bucks yesterday. Basically brand new, just some superficial rust on the lid. I also snagged a Coleman dual fuel camp stove for $40.
  20. hedger

    hedger Monkey+

    A Bug-Out Gathering. What a great idea for a social get together!

    Please be sure to share what each family brings and how it all works out. I'll bet the idea sharing will be awesome!

    When is the event taking place?
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