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What the Off Grid Cook Knows

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Understanding what you are up against when you go off grid is critical to your survival. Many people want to launch from their home and into a homesteading lifestyle. One of the things most people underestimate is what cooking looks like. What food storage and food production looks like in an off grid home is very different form your current situation.


In most cases you will have very limited refrigerator space, if you have any. Yes, you could exist in a world here you have no refrigerator. So now the questions start to form, right? How in the world do you handle raw foods without a refrigeration?

Cooked and Canned

One of the best answers for dealing with raw meats in an off-grid living situation is to cook that food or can it. There are popular methods like cooking chicken in the canning process. You start with raw chicken and end up with a jar that goes on the shelf and inside is cooked chicken.  This can be done with any meat.

Dried or Preserved

Meats can also be dried or persevered. This often includes smoking or salting as well. These meats are delicious and can be some of the best foods to take with you on the go.


A practice of the high end steakhouse, aging meat has a ton of benefits. Many hunters also age deer and elk meat to create a better tasting meat. You will need a cold dry place to make this happen. It could be a root cellar at the right time of year or a small fridge you power with alternative energy.

There are all sorts of methods to cook off grid. You will need to meal plan and you will need to lean heavily on the preservation if you are going to have success.