Safe, Smart Cooking in a Survival Scenario

A child with almost no experience at all can figure out how to cook some food if they have a fire and a pan. But when it comes to cooking in tough situations, there is more to consider than just a flame source. Those preppers who have spent a lot of time camping will have no problem mastering the fundamentals. Those who have solely relied on a stocked kitchen to make their meals could run into unforeseen problems. Here are some safe, smart cooking tips that can help you when trouble comes.

Clear the Area
It’s important to be methodical and thorough when clearing room for a fire pit. It’s not enough just to make sure you’ve removed all the leaves and debris from the immediate area. Look also for low-hanging branches, bushes, and other things that could catch fire if a spark gets away from you.

Keep a Lid On It
If you want to make sure your meals are done quickly, keep a lid on your pan when cooking food. This creates a feedback system of heat, ensuring not only that your food stays moist but that it cooks evenly. You can get more cooking done with less heat, a factor especially important if you’re using a limited fuel supply.

Be Prepared
It’s always a good idea to keep some water at hand when cooking over an open fire. Should the flames get out of control, you want to douse them as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you have a full-fledged situation on your hands before you start looking for a pail of water.

Clean Immediately
Without the luxury of running water, cleaning up after a meal gets a little more difficult. Alas, it’s still easily doable. The best trick is to clean up your pans while they are still hot from the fire. Don’t burn yourself, obviously, but attend to the scrubbing as soon as possible. The food will come off much more easily than if you leave it to sit.

Cook Thoroughly
Whether you’re eating wild game or stored meat, food safety takes on a whole new priority in a survival situation. Food-borne illness could mean the difference between success and failure. Storage, a discerning nose, and common sense will serve you well here, but there is no substitute for thoroughly cooking your food. A meat thermometer will cut the guess work in this area.

Safety gets overlooked when it comes to survival preparation, and that makes no sense at all. What’s the point in getting prepared if you’re going to hurt or kill yourself in the process of surviving? Adhere to these tips and avoid a cooking nightmare.