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Disaster Emergency Cooking Equipment for the Kitchen

That fancy electric can-opener is useless in a power outage


Emergency Cooking Equipment

If you have no power, you will not be able to rely upon those handy electrical appliances such as can openers, blenders, food processors, and the like. Be sure to have manual equivalents, including a bottle opener.

Tin foil comes in handy for packet meals on a campfire or grill. Plastic oven-proof cooking bags can be used on top of the stove in a pot of boiling water to warm canned goods with no dirty pot to clean and reusable water.

A gas barbecue grill is the most handy cooking tool to have around, and many of the newer ones even have a side burner to use with pots. Be sure to keep an extra tank of propane on hand. If you have a charcoal grill, stock up on charcoal or non-toxic wood.

If you do not have a grill, you may wish to invest in a camping stove, easily obtainable at most discount stores or camping supply houses. In an extreme emergency, you can make your own solar cooker from a box and tin foil.

Keep a set of old pots and pans in case you need to use them on the grill.

A cast iron skillet and dutch oven will be lifesavers. If money is no object, you might want to consider self-heating meals for short-term emergencies, but be aware the convenience can be pricey, running an average of $5 US per individual meal.

If you have a baby or small child, you can make your own baby food out of most meals. Just be sure to have a mortar and pestle, grater, and/or potato masher on hand, and remember to go easy on the salt, herbs, and spices.

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