True News 4 U — Survival News — 02/25/2020
One of the most important skills for an outdoorsman or survivalist to master is the art of building fires.
Since the dawn of man, fire has played a vital role in our existence. From providing warmth and fending off wild beasts, to cooking food and giving comfort during those cold, dark, moonless wilderness nights, fire still plays a vital role in our survival – especially for those who still have that primal need to venture out into the wilderness.
Sitting next to the fire while camping out in the wilderness is a feeling that really can’t be put into words. For a lot of us, it seems to tap into some sort of primal instinct that inspires us to almost become one with nature. There’s just something about fire that satisfies some deep down desire that we often forget is even there. Sadly, our modern way of living has disconnected us from our past.
These days, the skills that were once second nature to our ancestors have become something that most people take for granted. While knowing how to start a fire may not be as important to today’s modern man, I think it’s something that everyone should know how to do.
In a wilderness survival situation, knowing how to build and maintain a fire is probably one of the most important survival skills you can have.
Fire Making is one of the oldest skills known to man; its importance can never be underestimated.
During an emergency, where power and gas may be hard to come by, a thermos can be a great way to cook a wide variety of slow cooking foods. Cooking things like rice and beans can take hours, using a huge amount of fuel that you usually can’t afford to waste during an emergency.
Using a thermos can be a great way to save that precious fuel when cooking things that have a long cooking time. If you’ve ever cooked with a crockpot, then the concept of cooking with a thermos is pretty similar. It allows you to simmer foods for a long time, with only the fuel that’s required to boil the initial water.
How to Cook with a Thermos
Cooking with a thermos is pretty easy; in fact, if you can boil water you should be able to pull it off. The key to using this method of cooking is time, so you’re going to want to plan ahead and make sure you have a good quality thermos that will retain its heat while cooking the food.
Planning Ahead: Making sure you have enough time to Cook.
This method takes time and some pre-planning. Deciding what you’re going to eat an hour before mealtime is not going to work so you need to give yourself enough time to cook the food properly. Remember, this is similar to cooking with a crockpot, so time is a huge factor.
Buy a Good Quality Thermos
When looking for a good quality thermos, look for something that is well insulated, large enough to cook with and something that has a wide mouth so you can easily get food in and out of the container. I’ve been using a Stanley Thermos for years, but some of the newer models have received some poor reviews lately so you might also want to check out brands like Sigg, Nissan, Hydro Flask and Zojirushi. I use the Hydro Flask 32oz bottle because the extra-large opening makes it easier to work with when cooking.
Make sure you Preheat the Bottle
Preheating the thermos, before adding your ingredients, will help the bottle maintain heat throughout the cooking process.
Before cooking, fill the Thermos with boiling water and let it sit for five minutes. Once you’re ready to add your ingredients to the thermos empty the water and add the new boiling water with your cooking ingredients.