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Aug 24, 2011 07:31 PM

Home in a hurricane, what are you cooking?

So with Irene scheduled to hit us Jersey folks on Sunday, I'm trying to figure out what I want to cook. Hubby has already requested chili, and as long as it's not too humid, I'm game (no AC so too much cooking on humid days = cranky cook).

But I also wanted to do a cookie, perhaps a shortbread, and was trying to think hurricane themed cookie or cupcake. Any ideas out there?

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  1. I can cook with gas even if the electricity goes and I'm definitely worried that it will. We'll be looking to use our grills and not opening the fridge as much as possible given the electric goes out.

    26 Replies
    1. re: monavano

      I have a gas stove, and I was unable to cook two storms ago when the electricity went out. The clicking turn-on mechanism renders my gas stove useless without electricity.

      1. re: Jay F

        Yes. Only old-fashioned gas ovens work without electricity.

        1. re: Karl S

          Did not know that. I guess I need to hold on to my "vintage" 1998 gas piece-o-junk for a while longer.

        2. re: Jay F

          Have you tried using a lighter? That's what I do to ignite the gas.

          1. re: monavano

            Newer stoves cut the flow of gas without electricity as a safety measure.

            1. re: Karl S

              I'm very accustomed to lighting a stovetop with a match, as many stoves in Europe don't have pilot lights. However, I'm concerned that with my newer American stove, there's not only not going to be a pilot light but there also won't be gas flow at all. Can anyone confirm?

              1. re: biondanonima

                Depending on just how new new is, yes, you will lose the gas flow because it will switch off automatically as a safety precaution.

                1. re: biondanonima

                  Can't confrim without your brand.However most have good online sites.Or there is a section of "just ask" .com that may help out.Sorry for no url but it is easy to find.

                  I think this is a problem with a short,tiny list of gas tops.I have a post below covering two brands.

                  1. re: biondanonima

                    Odds are in your favor the stove top burners will light....with a match. ~~~ The Oven? Probably not. ~~~ Why not just go unplug your stove and see....Then you'll know what you're dealing with....


                    1. re: Uncle Bob

                      or flip the breaker,my plugs,out is easy,an acrobatic effort to replug

                      1. re: lcool

                        I have neither a breaker (old fashioned fuses) nor an easy to unplug stove. It's a GE, about 4 years old. I'll check the website you recommended, or maybe pull the fuse tonight to find out!

                        1. re: biondanonima

                          Odds 99% in your favor with GE at all quality levels.It's been a while for fuses for me.One thing I do remember is that older fuses can be stubborn,hard to get out and easily damaged re-inserting.Do you have spares?Sad to see you are in an area that is likely to hit so much harder than here.
                          good wishes and good luck

                          1. re: biondanonima

                            I have a 3 year old GE gas cooktop. It works when there is no power. I'm counting on it big time!

                2. re: Jay F

                  But you can light it manually, no? I have the same clicking turn-on gas stove and I keep one of those long camping lighters in the kitchen.

                  Here is a fancy version:

                  1. re: tcamp

                    A strand of spaghetti can also be used if a long lighter is needed.

                    1. re: tcamp

                      I do the same thing< I cannot use my oven but the top of the stove works with a lighter.

                      1. re: magiesmom

                        Karl S's message is not being heard. Newer indoor gas ranges will not allow gas to flow without an electrical supply. Matches of any length are feckless. Defer to your outdoor grill.

                        1. re: Veggo

                          I think Karl S. figured that one out by now. Others got that our experiences varied. No confusion at least on my part.

                          1. re: Veggo

                            I am not so sure how prevelent Karl's observation is.I have two 48" ranges 1 WOLF ,
                            1 THERMADORE ,2.5 years old,all gas,propane from the factory.The ovens are safety equipped,won't light without electricity-no cooling or convection fans.But my stove top burners light just fine with a match.As do the six other brands less than two years old I am familiar with,duel fuel and all gas.

                            1. re: lcool

                              lcool, thank you - this makes me feel a bit better. I can do without the oven but no stovetop really sucks!

                        2. re: Jay F

                          A match would fix that; it would replace the electric pilot light that lights the gas.... just get a BBQ wand lighter, or a book of matches and your gas stove will work without the electricity on.

                          I know... we only have wind storms, etc. here in the NW, but they suck in 35degree weather.

                          Hope you all are well in the aftermath!

                          1. re: Jay F

                            Ours works if you light it with a lighter. Try that next time. We also have an electric ignition and if you just turn on the stove to light, the gas will come out, and you can light it quickly, then turn the flame down to the desired level.

                          2. re: monavano

                            Wanted to clarify that this is my gas cooktop. My double wall oven is electric, so SOL with that!

                          3. when wilma hit us...we cooked whatever was in the freezer the day after
                            and get some dry ice for the stuff u dont plan on cooking..

                            1. definitely gonna do a breakfast for lunch thing - maybe blueberry pancakes, or some french toast. dinner's going to be tomato soup and grilled cheese - perfect for "battening down the hatches"

                              1. as a former Florida resident, cook something that can be eaten cold -- just in case the power goes out.

                                1. Many years ago I lived "In Exile" in SC and had to do weekly trips to a customer site in NC. During storm season I had a small backpack white gas stove and rice, beans, water filter, etc. in the car just in case. One time when we did loose power for a week (power company said two weeks for repair) we had the neighborhood have a huge cookout in the middle of the street where everyone dumped out the contents of their freezers. The town brought out ice and we had designated one neighbor's garage as the place we all brought every cooler to make it easy. Surprising how great it was - tons of food and the neighborhood ended up feeding quite a few more people that did not have the options we did.

                                  More recently in the midwest when there was an awful flood in my area, for some strange reason I had power - while most neighbors did not. Chest freezers were dropped off at my garage and we ran extra circuits from the main junction. Same deal - people could come in and get what they needed and we had the road closed off for a large neighborhood cookout.

                                  Now? I have a commercial dehydrator and have many things stored "in case".

                                  Fun thing was that in SC we cooked tons of seafood at the cookout, mostly beef/pork/brats in the midwest. Not to mention the huge amount of wine for some reason.