When you think about cooking off the grid, you have to remember it doesnt just mean over a fire. It could, but thats not the only way to get dinner on the table when you dont have a traditional kitchen. You may have an awesome food stash put back for an emergency, but if you dont know how to cook without that electric stove, you could be in trouble. And youll be hungry. Here are the top 8 off-grid cooking methods.
Over a Fire
Of course, this is the most popular and is used by preppers, cowboys, and campers a like. You can cook way more than smores, hot dogs, and chili over a fire, you just have to have the right gear and the patience to make it turn out tasty. With the popularity of backyard fire pits, this is definitely becoming a way for many families to cook and have fun together. And of course, you dont want to do it indoors. You always go outside to cook over a fire.
Many people are already proficient at using a backyard grill for summer barbeques. However, your grill can also be a lifesaver when you dont have a stove. You can cook all kinds of things on the grill, not just meat. You can wrap things in foil packs and cook them that way as well.
The solar oven is a great way to do off grid cooking. You can purchase one ready to go, or you can make your own. There are tons of tutorials and videos on the web that show how to make your own solar oven. The thing to remember is that you may have to move your solar oven to different spots around your property so that it gets the most sun, and it does take longer to cook things in a solar oven than in a regular oven. But if you can work with those parameters and plan accordingly, the solar oven could be a good choice for you!
Many campers love using their camp stove for all kinds of non-electric cooking. It runs on canned fuel, so if this is going to be your option, then make sure to have plenty of canned fuel in your emergency stash. The great thing about a camping stove is that it is fairly portable and many will collapse down for easy travel.
Eat It Raw
While this wont work for meats and eggs, you can eat many foods straight out of a can or raw – like fruits, vegetables, and nuts. This is ideal if you are on the go and do not have the ability to cook anything or the tools needed.
You can cook with and on a wood stove, our ancestors did it for years. It will take some practice and getting used to it, but it can be done. An added benefit is that you can cook indoors on a wood stove, and heat your home at the same time!!
If you dont have electricity, but still have gas, you can use your gas stove to cook meals. Many people have switched to a gas stove for this reason, so they would still have a way to boil water and cook indoors if the power was out. Your home may not be set up for a gas stove, however, which could be costly to convert, depending on your budget.
Big Camping Stove
Much larger than its smaller, portable counterpart, the large camping stove is great if you know you are going to be staying put in one location for awhile. Its more cumbersome and not as easy to move, especially if you are traveling in a small car or dont have a place to haul it. They run off propane, so if this is your go-to cooking source off the grid, stock up on extra propane.
Maybe one of the options listed here will help you decide on an off grid cooking option. They are all a lot easier than you think; sometimes all it takes is a little practice to get the hang of cooking without electricity. What’s your favorite off grid cooking method?