Have you been through some kind of storm that knocked out the electricity at your house? One time when it happened at my house I discovered my electric can opener and my coffee maker were absolutely useless to me! It changed so much about how I stock my kitchen. It is the reason I will never be without a manual can opener, a manual French coffee press and a handy way to sharpen my knives. It seems I usually learn my best lessons the hard way; I want to spare you the trouble and share the wisdom. Here are the manual tools every prepper’s kitchen must have:
Stainless Steel French Coffee Press
I say the French press must be stainless steel because they are sturdier than the glass ones. I have a stainless steel French coffee press that I can take anywhere without fear of breaking it. In an emergency situation, I can boil water over a can of sterno or over an open fire or a makeshift rocket stove. Did I mention I really love my coffee? I do and I always use one of these to make coffee at home.
Manual Can Opener
Yes indeed, every fully prepped kitchen must contain a manual can opener. In fact, you should have several different ones, 2 or 3 in your kitchen, 1 in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) and one in your car’s emergency preps.
The Provident Prepper: a common-sense guide to preparing for emergencies
by Kylene & Jonathan Jones
No one knows when a storm will hit or an economic disaster take place. Protect your family by being prepared for things like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, and civil unrest. The Provident Prepper is an easy-to-use guide without doom and gloom.
How to sharpen a knife with a cup
Here is a very handy trick that when learned will enable you to sharpen your knives about anywhere, anytime. Wikihow has put together a great post on how to sharpen your knives with the bottom uncoated ring of a porcelain coffee cup. You’ll never be without access to a sharp knife again when you learn to sharpen knives with a coffee cup!
I lived through the snow storm of ’93 and vowed to never again be unprepared for such times of no electricity. Skills learned through tough times can prepare us for what may yet lay ahead.
Have you ever gone through an extended period of living with no electricity where you learned survival tips you can share with us?