Cooking Without Electricity

Meals don’t have to turn to cold sandwiches or take-out when the lights go out. There are plenty of great ways you can prepare delicious and healthy meals at home with food items you probably have on hand.

1. Fire Up the Grill


Grilled pork steak on the flaming grill


Barbecue grills are an excellent option for cooking without electricity. The options you have when using a grill are practically endless. Some meal ideas you can cook on the grill include:

  • Sliced vegetables brushed with olive oil and seasoning
  • Steaks and potatoes for the meat lovers
  • Shrimp skewers
  • Barbecued chicken breasts

And those are just on a standard grill surface. Optional accessories can expand your choices even more. A silicone grill mat or stainless basket can make grilling smaller or delicate easier or at least keep food from breaking up and falling into the flames.

Rotisserie spits mean you can put a whole chicken or roast on the grill for slow and even cooking. If you have a side burner, you can use it to heat up items in sauce pots or even boil water for pasta or rice. A standard propane tank can last for multiple meals, but you don’t want to run out partway through. Make sure you have a second tank ready to go if this is your sole cooking appliance when the power is out. Of course, you can also use a charcoal grill for many of these meals.


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