Survival Food Covert Cooking Tips For Grid-Down Scenarios & Food Caching

Every single day, people were faced with extreme life-or-death survival conditions…

Dwindling food supplies (people were literally slaughtering ZOO ANIMALS for meat!)…

No drinking water treatment (they even tried to purify sewer water!)…

And wide-spread crime as even “upstanding” citizens turned to stealing from neighbors to feed their family… sometimes by force!

It’s this last threat that I think most Americans are just not prepared for.

I mean, think about it…

Assuming YOU are more “prepared” than your neighbors and have the foresight to stock away some food and a way to provide safe drinking water, you and I both know that the citizens around you are NOT preparing (like, at all!)

That’s why EVERY daily activity you’re used to doing needs to be looked at with a more “covert” approach in order to keep your level of preparedness hidden from all around you.

That especially includes your food supply, and here are…

3 Grid-Down Covert Cooking Tricks To Keep The Starving “Zombies” Away From Your Front Door In A Crisis…

Grid Down Survival Food Cooking Tips
Grid Down Survival Food Cooking Tips

Ok, first of all, yes… I know that, without electricity, you could just start a fire and roast a local cat over a spit (just kidding), but here’s what you must understand…

Fire attracts attention!

Anyone from MILES around who smells a “campfire” under extreme conditions is going to show up to see if you’re cooking something over that fire.

No bueno amigo!

Here are 3 better methods, and their pros & cons…

1. Gas Cooking

This is definitely the easiest method of cooking for most families.

If you have a backyard gas grill or gas “camp stove”, you could just spark it up and throw things like meat and veggies onto the grill.

But there are some drawbacks…

First of all, while people won’t smell the fire… they WILL likely smell what you’re cooking (and you know what they’ll do next, right?)

Also, you can’t take most backyard grills with you if you’re forced to bug-out to a safer location.

You CAN take a “camp stove” in your vehicle, but then there’s also this problem…

Once you run out of propane canisters, you’re done.

And I’m not a big fan of depending on ANY limited resource without a backup plan.

Here’s a better option (I’m pretty sure you’ve not heard of)…

2. “Wonderbag”

I have to say, this is pretty cool…

It’s basically a giant foam-filled bag that acts like a powerless slow-cooker.

All you do is boil or cook a large cast iron (or other) pot for about 5-15 minutes and then stick it inside the foam bag where it will continue to cook for the next 12 hours.

No “smells”… no electricity needed… and unlike a large gas-grill, it’s portable if you need to evacuate.

The downsides are that…

  • You still have the challenge of finding a way to get the cooking started BEFORE you put the pot in the Wonderbag.
  • 12 hours is a LONG time to wait for your food to cook.
  • It doesn’t cook “small amounts” of food very well because it needs a larger pot’s heat to continue the cooking process.
  • It’s actually bigger than what I prefer. In order for it to have enough insulation to continue cooking the food, it ends up being almost a quarter of the size of the big bean-bag chair I had as a kid! It’s very lightweight… but still not very transportable in my opinion.

I have one of these, but it’s not my primary method for “grid-down covert cooking”.

Here’s what I switched to…

3. Solar Cooking

I’ve see this “Sun Oven” demonstrated at all the “survival conventions” I speak at and as soon as I saw it, I knew it was the ultimate in “off grid cooking”.

No fire needed… no smells to attract unwanted moochers… easy set-up… and easy transporting.

Basically, it’s a fully contained unit that uses reflective panels to focus the sun’s rays into a tightly sealed “mini oven”.

It cooks both small and large meals nearly as fast as a conventional oven and never burns the food, so you can go about your day without ever having to worry about timing your trip .

Of course, it does need the sun to be able to cook… but it doesn’t even have to be a warm day to use it (it’s even been used to cook meals at the Mt. Everest Base Camp in frigid temperatures).

Plus, there are all kinds of extra “survival uses” for the Sun Oven, like:

  • Dehydrates food for long-term storage
  • Boils water for purification
  • Kills bugs that get into stockpiled food
  • And it even sterilizes medical equipment!

Learn more about the Sun Oven here, and enjoy your meals as you stockpile and prepare food for survival.

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Survival Food Stockpiling Tips: Guidelines For Storing Food

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Jeff AndersonMy years in the military have made me really appreciate mama’s home cooking.

Sure, chow hall food was pretty tasty (I always made sure the cooks knew I appreciated them – which usually led to extra helpings in the field).

But being in the 10th Mtn. Division light-infantry, I often found myself on long-range missions and far away from a hot meal.

Of course Uncle Sam doesn’t want us to starve so we were always issued MRE’s (Meal Ready-To-Eat) to pack with us to make sure we survive, but…

Here’s What GI’s Know About Survival Food (That You Might Not)…

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1. Taste Matters

I know that “Spaghetti & Meatballs” and “Lemon Pepper Tuna” sounds like something you might order off a restaurant menu… but coming out of an MRE foil package, it damn sure doesn’t taste the same.

I can tell you that if you were one of the lucky ones who go an MRE with Hot Dogs & Beans in it, that was a happy day indeed – but you were miserable if you pulled an unlucky “Chicken A La King”.

Good-tasting survival food really does boost morale and that means something when you’re under stress and need the will to go on.

2. Shelf-Life Matters

MRE’s and canned-goods have a pretty short shelf-life (2-5 years average).

In the military that’s just fine because they get issued steadily to the troops and stock gets rotated quickly.

Canned goods can be good if you have a survival pantry, but you want to make sure you’re eating what you’re storing and refilling your stockpile regularly to keep things from going ba.

Freeze-dried survival food is best because it lasts up to about 25 years and takes up very little room (which brings me to…)

3. Weight Matters

I absolutely hated lugging MRE’s around in my backpack because they were heavy as hell and we walked practically everywhere when training and on missions.

Trust me, when you’re humping a rucksack 7-10 miles to your next destination, you feel every single ounce.

Canned goods are even worse – great for home, but a no-go if you’re ever forced to bugout to survive.

Again, this is where freeze-dried survival food kits rule because they’re portable and since they don’t have any extra “water weight”, they’re ultra light if you need to bugout on foot.

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