If you’re anything like me, you’ve thought a lot about how you would feed your family in an emergency. I have so many friends who are on the furthest end of the spectrum from me when it comes to being prepared, though – “We’d just eat out,” they say, or, “We’d go to my parents house.” Well, I have 5 people in my little family, 4 of which are boys/men-all of whom eat a whole lot of food. Eating out for 3 meals a day plus snacks would get quite ridiculous, quite fast. We couldn’t afford that, even if we wanted to, and if it were feasible! Not only that – what if you couldn’t get to your “fall back” place?
Because I’ve thought about it, I have slowly developed a plan for the kinds of food we would need to have on-hand if we couldn’t get out for a few days, or if it wasn’t safe, or even if it would be a major hassle and it were just easier to stay at home. I bet you can think of some basic foods to keep stocked in your pantry too – but, the best laid plans are no good without something to cook with/on! So let’s talk about some of the tools you need to cook for your family during an emergency situation.
Cooking During an Emergency
First, you’re going to need something to cook on. Camp stoves are obviously at the top of my list. After all, I wrote an entire article on how to use a camp stove just a few weeks ago. Camp stoves are perfect for preppers and emergency planners. If you have your stove and fuel, you have a way to cook on the go, or while the power is out – it’s that simple.
Portable Cooking Pans and Pots
While I am a huge fan of cast iron, because of its longevity and durability, I’ll admit, cast iron is heavy. That’s why I love these lightweight, foldable cookware sets. If you were going to buy a kit like this, I would also suggest picking up another larger skillet like this 14 inch foldable skillet. It still has the foldable handle that’s perfect for packing, but gives you more cooking area. I actually have both the camp set and the skillet to use when we go camping, and both cook wonderfully given the quick heating of a camp stove.
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