Friday, August 17, 2012

Food Storage Friday #3 - Cooking My Food Storage




Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about the different types of foods and supplies that we should all have in our personal food storage pantry. We’ve covered topics like Mylar Bag Meals with Chef Tess and have examined everything from Freeze Dried Chicken to First Aid Kits. However, in all these discussions, debates, and recipe dissections, there is one topic we haven’t touched on. How are we going to cook all this food, especially if we have no electricity, gas, or heat?

Today’s post we'll be taking a look at three cooking products that every food storage and emergency preparedness kit shouldn’t be without. Not only can all of these items be used without electricity or gas, but they all can be found at any of our HoneyvilleRetail Store locations. So let’s get started!



Sun Oven



Let me start off with one simple statement: These things are awesome! Imagine harnessing the power of the sun into a simple and compact oven to cook to your heart’s content! It makes me feel like a mad scientist on those old spy movies. All joking aside, these things not only work, but work amazingly! Anything you can imagine cooking in our regular gas or electric oven can basically be cooked here. And the great thing about it is that you don’t need any type of fuel or energy to use it. Just set up, point towards the sun, and let the heat do the rest. What is even better is that all of our retail stores hold regular Sun Oven demonstration classes on how to properly operate your Sun Oven and also helpful recipe suggestions when using it.

Saratoga Jack Thermal Cooker



If you are anything like me, you’re a big fan of meals made in a slow cooker. But what if you don’t have any electricity to run that slow cooker? No worries with the Saratoga Jack Thermal Cooker. This impressive cooker takes the heat from boiled water to cook your meals. Simply add all your ingredients into the accompanying pot, pour boiling water into the pot, then drop it into the thermal cooker. The cooker will insulate and retain the heat from the boiling water to cook your meals perfectly. You can even drop ice in the thermal cooker to keep frozen foods or popsicles nice and cold for a picnic or outdoor activity. And just like the sun over, all four of our retail locations hold regular classes and demonstrations on what recipes work best!

Kelly Kettle



Not only does the Kelly Kettle have all the qualifications of a food storage cooker (no gas, no batteries, no electricity, no worries) but it is also light and compact to take on a weekend camping or fishing trip. This kettle uses natural fuels such as sticks, pine cones, tree bark, and dry grass as a fire base to boil water and heat up foods all at the same time. Anything you can think of to burn, you can put in the fire base of this cooker and before you know it, you’ll have a hot meal and warm cup of cocoa waiting and ready for your enjoyment. Whether you’re cooking food storage supplies or just preparing a cup of hot chocolate on a Boy Scout trip, this cooker is there to do it all.

Remember, it isn’t just about collecting enough food to help you and your family survive. In order for food storage to work, you have to be able to cook it, and these are just a few examples of products that can help you do so.

What are some ideas you have for cooking your food storage?

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