Sunday, April 1, 2018

The A to Zs of Apocalyptic Cooking

When disaster strikes--be it severe weather or the apocalypse--one things remains certain: you've got to eat. Chowmageddon is all about eating during disaster, not foraging for scraps or digging up buried food to rebuild with in a post-apocalyptic scenario. 

Forget those expensive MREs and freeze-dried foods, Chowmageddon is about cooking with the same foods you already have in your house, and stocking up on long-lasting supplies you can get from your local grocer. 

Check back daily for letter-themed tips as we dine in canned comfort during any disaster.

TIP #1, Apocalyptic Cooking Doesn't have to be expensive

Whether it's a horde of brain-munching zombies outside your door, radioactive dust blowing around your windows, or just an electric grid that's failed during the coldest winter, you can enjoy the same kinds of meals you had before disaster struck--assuming you weren't always eating from the drive through. 

The first thing to remember when you're stuck sheltering in place is that you already have food in your home, and it will probably have to be cooked or consumed quickly before some of it goes bad. Without power, refrigerators and freezers become really heavy coolers and depending on how well-stocked they are, may contain a bunch of stuff you're already used to eating. 

Remember that sheltering-in-place may mean staying inside for several days or even weeks, without assistance from the outside world. Keeping your house stocked doesn't have to break the bank though. And you can avoid spoilage by picking foods that can alternatively be cooked without electricity, and which may not require refrigeration. 

Chief among these foods are canned goods. Canned foods are simply the longest-lasting foods you can buy, and they won't cost you an arm and a leg or require ordering online. Your local grocer has soups, pastas, meats, fruits and vegetables aplenty, often for less than their fresh counterparts. Yes, the taste might not be the same, but even canned meat is better than no meat. 

If you regularly grocery shop, consider stocking up a few extras each trip and storing them somewhere in the house--like a basement, if you have one. 

And the best thing about canned foods is that many don't require cooking--like fruits. But if a warm meal is what you're after, don't worry. There are some really simple, inexpensive systems you can get at your local store to safely heat up a meal without going outside...

Next on Chowmageddon: Butane or Alcohol--which to cook with inside?

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