I thought I would cover a couple of things that I am not about crazy about when we are talking cooking and eating during an emergency. These thoughts are based on a lot of outdoor experience, and the fact that I love to eat. So I guess that makes me an expert.
- I don’t like plastic eatery. Plastic forks, knives and spoons are all but worthless in my opinion, especially so for emergency or disaster situations. The main thing is they break. Yup, as you are eating the dang things will simply break. I’ve seen more than one plastic spoon melt.
- I don’t like spoons, metal or plastic. I see no need for a spoon for eating purposes during an emergency. Read the section about Cooking & Eating Utensils and you will understand why.
- I don’t see the need for a knife to eat with. Well, more correctly, I don’t see the need for a dedicated silverware type knife when you are in an emergency. You have a pocket knife, use it. Yes, any child over the age of about 5 should have their own pocket knife and you should have trained them on what to use it for and how to use it.
- I don’t like fancy or complex, the more basic the better. Don’t get fancy with either eating or cooking. Yes, I am serious. If a small trench campfire will work to cook your food then do that vs. a camp stove. If a small MSR cooking stove will work then don’t use your grill. Why? My “Rule #3” of emergencies says don’t destroy anything you don’t have to. Using propane when you can use a handle full of twigs is destroying a potentially valuable fuel source – propane. And you can replace the twigs, it is hard to replace propane if supplies run out.
- I don’t like cast iron for emergency or disaster cooking. Notice the qualifiers. I love to cook with them in camp, I even like using them when cooking on the stove at home. It is hard to beat a Dutch Oven cobbler baked in a campfire. But cast iron cookware is heavy and can be difficult to clean.
- I don’t think a JetBoil is good for emergency or disaster cooking.