Cooking in the NE during power outages
I got lucky, my power was out for a mere six hours on sat. I have a gas stove so I fried up some leftover shephard's pie from Smoke Daddy for lunch. Fried pie is always good when the temperature inside your house is dropping fast. For dinner I just happened to have a big pot of homemade chicken veggie soup in the fridge so we just heated that. /hugs gas stove. I kept warm by heating up water for tea in a pot on the stove. CP was out from sat thru monday am and is thankful for his wood burning stove: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/813321
Some folks were able to get out on sunday, the R and S Keystone was hit hard sunday morning by cold people desperate for a hot cup of coffee. I went there for an early dinner and a lot of the patrons were commenting that they still had no electricity. So how did my fellow philly area hounds fare with their fare? It was surreal driving to the 24 hour Walmart in hilltown late saturday night to buy an emergency fish tank heater and seeing four traffic lights out on 309. Hope everyone stayed safe, warm and well-fed.
We certainly fared better than the Lehigh Valley. The news just reported that most businesses along 309 are still closed, as are most schools and Lehigh U. Predictions are for a Thursday restoration of electric.
We lived in Colorado, and were subject to blizzards, that often cut power, but not always, as many lines were buried. We also camped often, so had Coleman stoves (and lanterns) handy, plus the gas to run them.
When things shut down, we'd head to the camping gear, and set up the Coleman dual-burner, and just keep cooking.
In AZ, we have not needed to use the Colemans, but still have them handy.
With a bit of practice, we can do a 4-course meal on the Coleman, and if wife wishes to dig out the Dutch oven, maybe even a 6-course, all on a white-gas stove.
re: Bill Hunt
Hunt, just want to comment that I believe Coleman warns against using such stoves and lanterns indoors due to danger of release of CO2. Probably best to take the cooking to the back porch or some such (which I have done in power outages). BTW, the Coleman website has some good tips on how to deal with power outages...and (who knew?) you can buy a Coleman fuel powered hot water heater! I need one of those for next camping season! :-)
I live in Minnesota and the last time we were without power for longer than a few minutes was 23 years ago. It was about thirty degrees below zero that night and we had a very young baby and a big hairy dog. Brilliant idea: Put the two together! The four of us (hubby, wifey, baby, hairy dog) slept together that night. Cheers to the power companies that keep things going around here!
Twenty years ago tonight we took our son trick-or-treating in pretty much a blizzard - it was deep enough that we struggled to walk through the snow.
Ah, winter. Hopefully you Northeast folks aren't just getting a preview of what's to come!
Good luck all...may winter begin....
Oh, and that Halloween twenty years ago....the kid got to ride on a sled with his plastic pumpkin full of candy!!!!
You are right about the desperation for something, anything, hot. I realize that our 22-hour outage in a high-rise condo once when a transformer blew up was small potatoes compared with the weeks-long outages some suburbanites have suffered, but, still. I have now bought a tiny STERNO stove that I can set up on the balcony and at least make tea or instant soup.