Pressure cooker survival tips
- May 25, 2019 at 6:36 pm #45386John LordParticipant
The pressure cooker (and canner) are some of the most important components for a prepper. Even a small 4.8 liter aluminum (3.8#) or stainless steel (6#) can replace almost all mess kit gear (and equal weight trade off) in a ruck.
Using various components you can do any kind of cooking, and stealth cooking, with a pressure cooker. A double steamer rack (Kuhn-Rikon) can steam up grains and foods – keeping full calories and nutrition – vs boiling and losing half. All steaming (and dehydrating) of foods, meats, grains, herbs, jerking, smoking can be done here.
Cook with less fuel, less time, stealthed steamed cooking (no campfire cooking odors wafting around).
Boil water (any elevation and weather). Use same cooker (even hot rocking inside) and sealing and using the cooker for night time safe shelter heating. Use NEAR the fire, on gray coals, or in the nearby coal heated hot sands for continued hot water for cooking, drinking, personal washups, …. Using the sealed pressure canner can have hot air cooking of meats. Using the canner with masty swamp water (or seawater in the stainless steel canner), one can remove the pressure valve, and with small copper tubing, steam up distilled water from muck and algae, … and dehydrate out sea salt crystals. With cut up sugar cane, one can steam the cane and get easier processed sugar cane juice than regular pressing. Using a pressure canner, and steam boiling down sugar maple sap is easier, faster, less fuel, and the steamed product can easily be used to make sugar syrup, hard boil sugar candy, or sugar crystals than open air trays. One makes absolutely perfect steamed potatoes, corn, celery, turnips, rutabaga, greens, beans, carrots, onions, butter, salt and pepper, shellfish, salmon, sturgeon smorgasbord. Even tossing in a ham or lamb shank would be a real meal deal.
Needing to make some medicinal iodine? Steam boil black walnut husks, sphagnum moss, kelp, and chaga, pouring off condensed iodine tincture. One can make ethanol from brewing grains, tree sugar sap, sugar cane. Make methanol (TOXIC !) for engine fuel with green wood alcohols steamed off and condensed. Turn baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) into soda wash (sodium carbonate). Using the canner with steamed and leaching of wood ashes (potash) makes alkaline lye water for soap making and wash ups. Turn allicin and cruciferous (sulfur-containing) vegs into steamed sulfur water (sulfuric battery acid) and sulfur crystals (sulfa wound drugs). Make charcoal, char cloth, and carbon products by hot air cooking. Heat and allow all hot air to come out, then put on pressure valve, and allow to naturally cool down – allowing no fresh air into container causing a flash back. Pull out and use for fire material and tinder. Fine grind down into carbon powder, … and can also leach with lye water for making activated carbon. Mix potassium wood salts (potassium nitrates), sulfur, and activated carbon powder into black gunpowder. Use as a sealed bear hang container. With a golf tee in the pressure tube, put in all the refrigerated/frozen foods, and toss into cold pond,lake, water for a no-smell bear container, or underwater food and fridge/freezer container. Put rocks inside and tie up for a canoe/boat anchor. Use container with candle inside for an inside night light, or night time search/rescue light. Lid can be used for mirror, or large (!) rescue mirror. Banging the canner or the lid, makes for a noisy critter deterrent, or a rescue noise-maker. With stainless steel, you can make all kinds of acid ph sauces (tomatoes, potatoes, …). Use boiling water and soap for a small laundry clothing wash up facility. Use steam-sterilizing for medical gear and gauze. Put all your drink cups, plates, cups, small pots, steam basket, utensils, firemaking gear, and dry food products into container as a smaller volume fire/mess kit in ruck and toss all the other tedious one-use gear. For stealth fire and cooking, one can even use the canner as the stealth fire inside the canner. A great Apache fire carrier with live coals moved from place to place. No trace fires and cooking take along your fire and ashes – total stealth. Can use inside open-air shelter for fire, heat, light, cooking. Use the canner and the lid as offensive weapons against critters by banging the crap out of the intruder with the canner, or discus throwing the lid at them. One can create the perfect camou-dark coating (or Real Tree) with BBQ high-temp enamel spray paint) on the aluminum or stainless steel outer surface for true camou stealth cooking. Use the container as a big metal alarm signal (come and get it, or alarm! alarm!). Make you own whiskey still. Hot air dry and carbonize vegetables and herbs into veg and herb salts. Steam distill herbs/leaves/roots/flowers/bark for any/all essential oils. Emplaced cache storage device – guaranteeing maximum storage and dry facilities. Use for normal cooking and canning needs. Make and hot air dry potato chips, sweet potato/yam chips, beet chips, dried onion rings …. Wood smoke, and steam and hot air dry fish and meat into jerky and pemmican. Boil down leather skins (lye water) for rawhide and smoked soft leather products. Steam or boil down meats and skins for lard, fats, oils. Clarify for cooking oils, lamp/lantern fuel, lubricating oils, … Process vegs and herbs for natural dyes and mordants. Process domestic or wild greens for steamed chlorophyll (magnesium salts and powders). Magnesium powder for
firestarting, further gunpowder content, activated carbon and magnesium for flash bangs. 40+ uses for a prepper and camping pressure canner. Steam juicing fresh berries and fruits for making fresh/canned juice, all fruit, jams, jellies, fruit leathers. Steamed saltwater and shellfish for great shore feast. Cut slivers of wood, thin and long, or thick and stubby. Steam and bend into hooks and allow to cool and set in shape – wood fish hooks for small (and BIG !) fish – British Columbia redwood cedar hooks for catching 300# halibut ! Steaming vegs and wild greens for fibers, cordage, and fiber sewing string. Steam distill and process willow and poplar leaves/bark, or wintergreen (ben gay smell) for natural buffered aspirin. Steam distill anti-skeeter herb essential oils vaporized around campsite. Steam distill or hot air dry reishi, maitake et al medicinal mushrooms for liquid or powdered medicines. Process white (pre-black spore) small and huge puffball mushrooms for highest antibacterial, -fungal, -mold medicine (puffball fairy rings center is totally sterilized of any lifeform of bacteria, germ, virus, mold, mildew, other fungus …. A necessary prepper and camp gear kit item.May 25, 2019 at 7:13 pm #45387John LordParticipant
Also one can make their own fatwood (and feathered) sticks by applying shellac, tar, and hot air boiling the mixture with the wood sticks. Only need to detach small slivers of the already feathered fatwood for fire tinder.
One makes pine-birch oil/tar by steaming and hot air cooking the bark, and retrieving the drained oil/tar in the bottom receptable. Use with pressure valve, and end release of hot air, continue to hot air cook, and take off heat, allowing to naturally cool down. Pine-birch oil/tar is useful for wounds, anti-skeeter lotion (with SMALL amounts of pennyroyal (skunk mint !). Removing the oil/tar, one can then further process the bark for charwood fire tinder, or ground carbon powder, and activated charcoal.
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