Friday, April 1, 2011

Mrs. RW's Survival Cooking Tips - Tip #2 - Cleaning With Fire



In any survival situation or crisis, clean water may be a resource that is in short supply. Using water to clean your cooking utensils may create a further shortage of this most valued of all resources. A simple solution to this problem is often overlooked.

Wiping down your cooking utensils and then using the heat of a fire to cleanse them will help you to save water and avoid any possible illness as a result of using contaminated utensils. The heat of a fire will effectively kill all the germs and bacteria on your utensils. This method only works if you are using metal utensils. 

In a survival situation, it is vitally important to avoid wasting your resources.

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

If they are wiped down immediatly after use,it will reduce the need for water,as it won't be baked or dried on yet.A damp sponge dipped in dirt will make a good abrasive also.Use just enough water to cover,boil,and reuse the water for the toilet or such,maybe water the garden.
Dean in az

vlad said...

re 410 butt cuff Oct 7 2009
re RW's truck gun Jan 15 2010
My old 30-30 butt cuff lost elasticity, and rounds fell out. 30-30 comes in two plastic 10 round "cuffs". I secured the 10 round "cuff" to the butt with two wire ties. Run the wire tie downward behind the upper hole, in front the horizontal spine and out the hole for nose of cartridge.

Keurig Mini said...

Great suggestion for camping, and a reminder that there are many ways to make sure our utensils are kept clean and germ free.

Sometimes you can get moisture out of plant stalks as well, and using large leaves squeezed can produce enough moisture as well.

Penny

Coffee Makers

riverwalker said...

To: Dean in AZ

Great tip! I've used sand a lot of times to scrub off utensils but usually when I had some water handy.

If you don't have any water fire will effectively sterilize your utensils.

Thanks Dean.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: vlad

Very innovative!

Thanks for sharing this fix to what could be a really annoying problem.

Thanks vlad.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: Keurig Mini

Works great for camping or just about anytime you want to make sure there's no harmful bacteria or germs to cause further problems.

Thanks.

RW

Josh said...

This method only works if you are using metal utensils.

Now you tell us! I lost a very good wooden stirring spoon and my favorite plastic spatula trying this method.

riverwalker said...

To: Josh

If you're really quick, you might be able to sterilize a wooden spoon before it catches fire but forget the plastic spatula...it ain't gonna happen!lol

Thanks Josh.

RW

Josh said...

I was, of course, joking, but I don't think that would work. It made me wonder how long something would need to be held in fire to be sterilized. According to the following two articles I found, metal objects need to be heated until they glow red to be sterile. Obviously, in the time it would take something metal to glow red, the wood would have burned.

Josh said...

Forgot to include the links:

http://www.howtodothings.com/how-to-sterilize-something

http://www.ehow.com/how_4819272_sterilize-things.html

riverwalker said...

To: Josh

You only need to hold small metal objects over a fire for a few minutes to kill bacteria and germs...just as is done in the pasteurization process. A fire with a temperature greater than 200 degrees will accomplish this and most any decent fire will give you those kind of temperatures.

Heating metal objects till they glow red is known as hard sterilization and isn't required for the purposes mentioned here.

Thanks Josh.

RW

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