It happens to all of us: the lights flicker, the air conditioner stops, and suddenly it’s dark. A power outage has struck, and it’s time to get creative in the kitchen. Whether it’s a brief moment or an extended period, it’s important to know how to keep cooking without electricity. Fortunately, journalist Lily Morgan is here to help.
In this article, Lily will show you how to get creative in the kitchen and keep cooking during a power outage. From prepping to using alternative cooking methods, you’ll be able to keep a hot meal on your table. So let’s get started.
Preparing for a Power Outage
The key to keeping cooking during a power outage is preparation. Before the lights go out, it’s important to make sure you have all the ingredients and tools you need. That means stocking up on non-perishable items like canned foods, rice, and beans. You’ll also want to have plenty of water on hand, as well as matches and flashlights.
If you own a generator, it’s also important to make sure it’s in working condition. If not, you’ll need to find alternative sources of energy. Solar cookers and charcoal grills are great options for keeping food hot without electricity.
Alternative Cooking Methods
When the power goes out, it’s time to get creative in the kitchen. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternative cooking methods that don’t require electricity. For example, you can use a Dutch oven or a pressure cooker to make stews, soups, and other one-pot meals.
You can also use a campfire or a charcoal grill to cook food. Just make sure to keep the flame low and steady to avoid burning the food. If you don’t have a grill, you can use a cast iron skillet or a wok. Just remember to move the food around frequently to prevent burning.
Stocking Up on Supplies
When the power goes out, it’s important to keep your pantry stocked with non-perishable items. Cans of soup, beans, and vegetables are great options for quick meals. You can also stock up on dried pasta and rice, which can be cooked without electricity.
It’s also a good idea to keep a few frozen items in your freezer. Frozen meats, vegetables, and fruits can last up to a week in a well-insulated freezer. And if you want to get creative in the kitchen, you can always use these frozen ingredients to make ice cream or popsicles.
Using the Right Tools
When cooking without electricity, it’s important to have the right tools. When using a campfire or a charcoal grill, you’ll need to have the right utensils. A cast iron skillet is great for cooking over a fire, as is a Dutch oven or a wok.
You’ll also want to have plenty of matches or a lighter handy. If you don’t have a lighter, you can always use a magnifying glass to start a fire. Just make sure you have a safe area to start the fire and plenty of water to put it out if needed.
Keeping Food Fresh
When the power is out, it’s important to keep your food fresh. That means keeping it away from direct sunlight and heat. If you have a cool, dark place to store your food, you can keep it fresh for up to three days.
You can also use ice or snow to keep food cold. Just make sure to wrap the food in a towel or newspaper to prevent it from getting wet. And if you don’t have a cool, dark place to store your food, you can always put it outside in a cooler.
When the power goes out, it’s important to know how to keep cooking. By stocking up on non-perishable items and using alternative cooking methods, you can keep a hot meal on your table. And with the right tools and supplies, you can keep your food fresh and safe. So don’t let a power outage stop you from getting creative in the kitchen. As the great chef Julia Child once said: “No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”
So get out there and get creative! Here’s a little song to get you started:
“When the lights go out,
I know just what to do.
I’ll get creative in the kitchen,
And make something new.”