Try These 8 Outdoor Cooking Methods When Camping
When talking about survival cooking, we are not referring to you cooking up just whatever you
have leftover in the pantry. Survival cooking is when we cook food without any of the appliances
we are used to having around (no electricity, no gas, and usually no grill). If you prefer the
option to do both, check out these rocket stoves that are easy to use for cooking.
The need for a makeshift stove can occur at any time or in any place, especially now when
there are so many strange things happening in a world we once thought as safe. The point is
that cooking is an essential and if there is an emergency, the lights go out, or an attack happens
you need to be able to survive. In these cases, whether in a rural setting or an urban area,
knowing how to make a stove can help you eat hot food, sanitize water, and wash your
Of course, if it is about cooking the way our ancestors cooked outdoors in the most primitive
ways, then these stoves can also work for you and help you cook in this way is good for the
soul. Best of all, whatever you cook on an open fire usually ends up tasting awesome.
This is for when you are running low on your MRE supply and emergency food or ran out of
power on your camping stove. This option allows you to be creative and be one with nature. Not
to mention that it will contain less chemicals and be nutritious. Imagine cooking up a wild
salmon you have just caught for your family, this is the type of cooking you can do everyday
with today’s society.
Learning survival cooking techniques is a fabulous idea as in all likelihood, some future events
will shut down our electricity, put your home in danger, and may even compromise your kitchen.
So whenever everyone else is eating out of an expired can you will be able to make freshly
made meals, choosing the right camping stove will play an important role depending on what
you want to eat.
8 Great Outdoor Cooking Methods
One of the best parts of survival cooking is that it does not have to be perfect. In fact, chances
are that with just a few ingredients such as salt, pepper, lemons, and vegetables; you can easily
make a healthy meal.
However, having all the proper equipment to create a cooking station in the wilderness could be
tough. There are always options to just be a camping stove; but if you want to have some fun
and create your own with what nature gives you. I would recommend cooking your meals the
old fashion way with stones and fire, literally. So let’s start off with a few basic cooking
techniques and beginners can learn for outdoor cooking with just a few basic items that are not
hard to find.
- The Homemade Grill
The first thing you need to do is start a fire. This is about half the battle. Let the fire burn down to
coals as it is easier to control than an open flame. Look for a section of chicken wire or a piece
of chain-link fence or just about any heavy wire or metal frame that could make a grate.
Place your home-made grate on rocks over the coals and let it get hot. Now place the meat on
the grill and cook until it is done. You can make roasted tomatoes, vegetables, fish, burgers and
just about anything you want this way.
- The Spit
This is the most ancient method of cooking and popular for pigs and wild animals, but it works
for almost anything, including kebabs and chicken. Use a metal pole or strong wet branch and
poke through the meat.
Place one end of the skewer on a forked support (another branch) dug into the ground and then
place the other on a support on the opposite end. This will suspend the food over the flame. At
the end of the forked support, you can turn the skewer so the food is cooked throughout.
- Earth Oven
You can create an oven by burying food and allowing it to cook. Hold on! You are not going to
get the food full of dirt. There is a technique here.
Dig a pit and start a fire at the bottom. Allow the fire to turn into a bed of coals. It should take
about 2 hours for a big fire to turn down to a smolder that you can use to bake food.
Cover the fire area with large stones but allow the fire to breathe through. In other words, the
stones should be closely spaced so the fire shows through. Afterward, throw a layer of grass
over the rocks to add moisture and place the food over the grass or leaves. Add another layer of
vegetation and then fill the hole with dirt. Bake for at least 6 hours to a full day depending on the
size of the meat you are cooking.
- Makeshift Stone Oven
You can easily make an oven with stones. Just build a small oven, one that is just big enough
for the meat. make it three sided with a roof. Leave a side open so you can slide the meat into it.
Stack wood around the inside of the box and start the fire. The fire warms the stones enough so
that you can cook. You can control the heat by adding wood or letting the fire die down a bit.
- Barrel Stove
If you can find a steel barrel you can cut it to make a stove. Cut a square out of the bottom.
Punch a dozen holes about halfway up the barrel to create an air vent. cut a small square or
hoe at the top (about the size of a can of tuna). This is a chimney. Start a fire on the ground and
place the barrel over it.
- Coffee Can Stove
Take a tin coffee can and remove the label and the plastic top. Punch three holes along the
bottom of the can. Flip it so the opening is over a lit gel candle. Use the top surface for cooking.
The heat will sanitize any bacteria on the surface if you let it sit before playing the food on top.
- Cinder Block Rocket Stove
Use a cinder block to make a rocket stove. Find four cinder blocks and make a grate. Stack
three blocks in a horizontal way. Place the fourth vertically to one side. the holes make an L-
shape giving you a rocket stove.
- Brick Rocket Stove
Find around 24 bricks/stone and some foil. Then move the bricks into a square and leave a hole
in the middle for a chimney. Place the foil in the middle to separate the chambers so you can
use the upper chamber for baking.
The ability to cook when you are in an emergency situation is very important. With a heat
source, you can keep warm, sterilize instruments, cook food, and even let other people know
where you are. Of course, you can cook over a campfire when you are in the forest but using
one of the above ideas you can cook anywhere, even if you are in an urban area.
These outdoor stove techniques can cook a full meal or just help you teach your kids about
being prepared with guides like Survival Techie or check out these books and roast a few
marshmallows in the process.