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Communal cooking post disaster

Communal cooking post disaster
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cooking post shtfSome type of disaster has rolled through – lets say there has been a hurricane, the power has been knocked out and its going to be off for a week or so. How are you going to cook your food? You have some ribs, chicken or steaks in the freezer, but no way to cook it.

You walk out your front door and see your neighbor with his pull behind bar-b-q pit cooking some food. Smoke is coming out of the stack, and he looks like his is turning over some ribs, is that sausage you see and some pork chops? Then the thought runs through your head, “will my neighbor let me cook on his pit?”

The above description happened after Hurricane Rita and Ike passed through southeast Texas.

On Thursday, October 14, 2010 my wife and I made a trip to Houston to take care of some business. While we were in Houston, my wife and I went to a book store where I bought a book about life in a medieval village. One of the chapters of the book talks about how villages are laid out, and how 1 certain village had 2 communal ovens for baking bread. Instead of each villagers house having its own bread oven, the community had communal ovens setup.

After my experiences with a couple of hurricanes and letting my neighbors use my pit, combined with the information of how people used communal ovens in medieval times, it seems to me that people coming together to cook food will be a natural thing to do.

I’am pretty sure that 30,000 years ago, people sat around a camp fire, cooked their horse meat, or mastodon meat, shared stories and helped each other feel safe in a world of danger.

Cooking together, eating together, and forming a community is just what humans do. We are herd animals that enjoy each others company.

There is no reason to feel that post SHTF that anything is going to be different. Whether it was 30,000 years ago, 700 years ago, or tomorrow, people will come together to cook and share food.

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
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