- Use a grill, hibachi, Dutch oven, or camp stove (this must be done outside and can require special cookware)
- Prepare “heat only” foods like canned soups, stew, chili or “just add water” foods like instant soup and oatmeal on a canned heat stove
- Use prepared raw foods or canned food that do not need heating
- Prepare easy to cook meals on a one burner butane stove.
The butane stove will allow for larger size cookware than the canned heat stove and normal kitchen cookware can be used. The butane stove can be used indoors with GOOD VENTILATION. The gas flame is easier to regulate than canned heat and hotter. These advantages allow the preparation of recipes rather than just heating up canned foods.
If you are lucky enough to have a gas range, you can cook on the range top (as long as nothing has happened to the natural gas lines) even without power.
6-hour cans with chaffing dish
At a recent Cooking without Power Class, I saw this method utilized. The instructor used 6 cans to start cooking her split peas soup. When boiling, she placed the lids on the cans and covered 3 leaving the rest to let it simmer. You can get these cans at Sam’s Club for 12/about $13.00.
Propane has indefinite shelf life and you can legally store 5 canisters. Don’t store them in your home; it may negate your homeowners policy.
Use outdoors and store in an airtight container because it absorbs moisture out of the air.
Source: Simply Prepared by Cheryl Driggs