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COOKING WITHOUT ELECTRICITY

 

1. Starting a Fire Without Matches

2.  How to Build a Hobo Stove to rapidly boil water

3.  How to cook grains, legumes, beans in a thermos

 


 

STARTING A FIRE WITHOUT MATCHES

 

CHAR TO CATCH THE SPARK

Char is the bridge to catch a spark and transfer the spark to the tinder.

 

Char is cotton cloth that has been burned and turned into charcoal or a tiny lump of coal. Char catches a spark and keeps it smoldering without bursting into flames. This will keep the tinder burning longer to catch the larger pieces of wood on fire.  It is also possible to carry smoldering char to start fire elsewhere.

 

Cut up 100% cotton Tshirt into 2 inch pieces.  Put into a covered tin so no oxygen is allowed to catch the pieces fire. Put the tin into the fire and cook for 10 minutes.  Cool before taking lid off, or it may catch on fire.  If all cloth is black and no color, it is char.

 

The smoldering char will be placed on top of a pre-built tinder nest.

 


 

BUILDING A TINDER NEST

Make a small nest from something that is dry and easily burnable. 

 

·        Cattails (a plant that grows in swampy areas)

·        Birch bark

·        Juniper bark

·        Pine pitch and pine shavings

·        A piece of fungus

·        Birch bark

·        Moss

·        Dead scotch broom

·        Dead grass

·        Dry leaves

·        Pine cones (especially with pitch)

·        Shavings from the bark of cedar trees

·        Lint from pockets

·        Cotton balls coated with Vaseline  (stored in plastic bags)

·        Dryer lint soaked in melted wax  (stored in plastic bags)

·        Sawdust in paraffin wax

·        Greasy snack food like chips

·        Wrap newspaper around cotton twine and cover with wax

·        Hand sanitizer like germx

·        Compressed, non applicator, bullet type tampons

·        Cotton makeup remover pads soaked with lighter fluid

·        Cotton rope

·        Human hair or animal fur

 


 

METHODS TO IGNITE The SPARK

 

Flint and Steel

Get a spark from striking steel to flint. 

Strike the steel against the flint until sparks land on the char cloth, causing a glow.

 

Fold up char cloth into the tinder nest and gently blow on it to start a flame.

 

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Lens Based Methods

Focus a sunlight beam onto a tinder nest (or char) through a lens shape that reflects light.  Since this is a beam and not a spark, you can bypass the char if needed.

 

A magnifying glass

Eyeglasses

Binocular lenses

Add water to the lens, to intensify the beam.

 

Angle the lens towards the sun in order to focus the beam into as small an area as possible. Put your tinder nest under this spot and wait for fire.  Only works when you have sun.

 

Balloons and Condoms

Fill with water and shape spherical and hold 1-2 inches from tinder.

 

Clear Ice shaped into a 2 inches lens

A lens is thicker in the middle and narrower at the edge

Polish with hot hands

 

A soda can and chocolate bar

Polish the bottom of a soda can with the chocolate to shine it like a mirror. Toothpaste also works.  Hold about 1 inch from the tinder.

 

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Batteries and Steel Wool

9 volt battery

Any type battery

 

Stretch out steel wool to hold it and so that it burns longer

Rub the battery on steel wool, gently blow once it begins to glow and burn

Transfer the burning wool to your tinder nest.

 


 

HOW TO MAKE A HOBO STOVE TO BOIL WATER

 

Hobo stoves burn very hot due to the fire contained in the chute.  They boil water very rapidly.

1.  Tin can

2.  Cut the top of the can lid off with a can opener.

3.  Use the triangle end of a bottle opener to cut holes along the bottom of the can.  Do the same near the top.  (Or punch holes with something to create vents.  Fire needs oxygen in order to burn.)

4.  Cut a large rectangle hole along one side of the can, for inserting tinder.

5.  Indent 2 holes on both sides on top of the can, for a total of 4 indents.

6.  Use sturdy wire like fondue sticks, or clothes hanger to lay into dents.  This will form a platform to put pan onto.

7.  Build fire inside the can and face the hole towards the wind.

 

Here are some photos of variations of the above:

 

 


GRAIN & BEANS COOKING WITHOUT ELECTRICITY

 

THERMOS COOKING

  • Wide mouth, *insulated, stainless steel thermos

  • Funnel

  • Long handled brush to clean

* Make sure the thermos is well insulated, as that keeps the temperature hotter longer and keeps the food from spoiling.

 

ABOUT ADDING SALT

It takes longer for the water to boil with salt, because water boils at a hotter temperature with salt.  It takes longer for the beans and grains to cook with salt, because the salt interacts with the starchy coating.  If a bean is soaked first, salt does not interfere with cooking time.

 

DRIED VEGIES FOR FLAVOR

  • 1 T dried onion = 1 onion

  • ¼ ts of celery seed to 2 T water = 1 stalk of celery

  • 1 part dried carrot to 2 parts water

  • ½ cup dried cubed potatoes to 1.5 cups water

Laying the thermos on its side allows the food to soak the water evenly.

 

Can use a hobo stove to boil water.  They are fueled by pinecones, sticks, dried dung, leaves, etc.

 


 

BEANS

Preheat thermos with boiling water, seal.

Lima beans, navy beans, black eyed peas, red beans

1 cups beans and 3 cups water

Boil beans and water for 5 minutes, put in thermos and lay on its side for 16 hours.  Still too hot to touch when opened.

 

RICE

Preheat thermos with hot tap water, seal

1 cup rice

3 cups of boiled water

Put in thermos and lay on its side for 2 hours

 

NOODLES

Preheat thermos with hot tap water, seal

Add noodles

Fill will boiling water

Put in thermos and lay on its side for 1 hour and drain

 

STEW

Preheat thermos with hot tap water, seal

Diced stew meat, carrots, potatoes, onions, beef broth

Boil all in water for 5 minutes

Put in thermos and lay on its side for 10 hours

 

SPLIT PEAS

Preheat thermos with boiling water, seal.

1 cup peas

2.5 cups water

Put in thermos and lay on its side for 4 hours

 

WHEAT BERRIES

Preheat thermos with boiling water, seal.

1 cup wheat berries

2 cups boiling water

Put in thermos and lay on its side for 8 hours

 

CRACKED WHEAT

Preheat thermos with boiling water, seal.

1 cup cracked wheat

3 cups water

Put in thermos and lay on its side for 45 minutes

 

OAT GROATS

Preheat thermos with boiling water, seal.

1 part water

3 parts water

Put in thermos and lay on its side overnight

 

STEEL CUT OATS

1 part water

3.5 parts water

You can use between 3 and 4 cups water for each cup of oats, but I think 3 1/2 cups is perfect.

Put in thermos and lay on its side for 40 minutes

 

ROLLED OATS

1/3 cup oats

2/3 cup water

Put in thermos and lay on its side for 40 minutes

 

QUINA

1 cup quina

2 cups water

Put in thermos and lay on its side for 45 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner.  To better understand how God speaks, read Sandy’s book, “101+ Ways God Speaks, And How to Hear Him.”  Website: www.thequickenedword.com    Email: 
swauthor777@usa.net  
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