Back to basic cooking

@neildc (17254)
Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
July 8, 2009 5:03am CST
Click... Click... Click.. Ooohh honey, we run out of gas. How can we cook now? Said my dear wife. What can we do, we don't have money to buy LPG right, I guess we have to go to basic... Charcoal... Oh right, charcoal... So had this happen to you in the middle of your cooking? And what do you usually use or how do you cook in your house, electric stove, LPG, wood or charcoal? Or maybe you are using other source?
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13 responses
• Jamaica
10 Jul 09
We use the LPG but whenever this happen we go for the charcoal. Sometimes it is wonderful going back to the basic because you get to enjoyed both aspect of cooking. The charcoal cooked the food different from the LPG and a lot of persons doesn't realized this.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
12 Jul 09
food cooked from charcoal made it taste better than gas and that made my wife decide to continue using charcoal, alternately with gas which is a lot expensive these days.
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• United States
10 Jul 09
We have an electric stove and the power goes out once in a while. A few winters back we had a power outage that lasted for hours and hours. We had cold spaghettios for dinner that night and the house got to a cold 40 something degrees. Since then I make emergency candles and we use them to cook on when we need it. It is made of a tuna can and a coil of cardboard. Once you coil the cardboard in the can you pour in wax until just the tip of the cardboard it visable. I use scentsy candles at home and when the scent is gone I pour it in. Its free and works like a charm. We can cook over it or use it to warm our fingers over.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
12 Jul 09
i've heard about that, it happened when a hurricane hit your place and electricity were cut in some places. a friend told me that for 2 days she has no electricity so she end up cooking with coal. your candle and board thing sound great and will try it when there's a chance, some kinda interested about making scents for the room. thanks.
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@janebeth (2034)
• Philippines
9 Jul 09
hi neil, i never experienced cooking, my mother and my brother do it so.. but i have seen them in that situation, and they did the very easiest way in cooking, its the "pang-gatong", familiar?? its nice to use, but can make your nose look ugly, lol... janebeth.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
9 Jul 09
dear jane, cooking with charcoal is better compared to wood. wood is so smoky and that will make you look ugly. but coal is a little bit fine. one more thing i don't like with wood is it will put a lot of mess on the utensils, very bad smoke under it. neil
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@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
9 Jul 09
Haha. We have experienced this just last summer. When we run out of LPG, we just cook our food with charcoal or wood until we got hold of money to buy LPG. Sometimes we're enjoying so much that we cook that way for 2 weeks. Even now we're still using wood to boil water for baths, because boiling water using LPG is too expensive.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
9 Jul 09
yes that's true, LPG is too expensive right now. and most irritating there is it goes higher and higher every week. you can see the news, every time you watch tv. [em]sad[em]
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
8 Jul 09
I haven't run out of gas but that wouldn't make any difference anyway. I've had electric stoves for a long time. I HAVE had to live without electricity for four days before, though, after a hurricane came through and brought the electric lines down. It was charcoal and gas grills for me! I never grilled more ever than I did in those four days. LOL I steamed all the vegetables in a small pot on one of the grills. Luckily, I had the small gas cylinder for the gas grill and also had a large bag of charcoal. I love grilled food, especially when cooked over charcoal. In the summertime I cook on the grill as often, if not more, than I do on the stove. I like keeping that heat outside and not creating it inside, then having to use extra energy to cool the house down.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
11 Jul 09
you know my friend, wife suggested that we continue using charcoal. since we had run out of gas more than a week now, she noticed that our food now tastes better than we had cooked with gas. she said that it will be cheaper for us to use charcoal too, and when we have money to buy gas, we can alternately cook with coal and gas.
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@kmaram (2535)
• Philippines
8 Jul 09
Well we are using LPG and yes there are times that in the middle of cooking thats also happened to us. Jhe just like earlier we are cooking sweet potato and then the fire was no more so we think that there is no LPG. Good that our neighborhood was selling LPG so the sweet potato was still cooked. But there are times also that no LPG available and we are using charcoal its good that we have available charcoal everytime we have problem with LPG. Keep on sharing good discussion and happy mylotting
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Jul 09
but the problem with charcoal is the time consumed in cooking. with lpg, food will be cooked in less time and we are able to do some other chores. have a haapy mylot day, kmaram...
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@esp2_mayn (135)
• Malaysia
10 Jul 09
Pack it up and eat out! :) but if that doesn't work - rice cooker or electric stove. No charcoal in my house!
• United States
9 Jul 09
I use an electric stove
@cbeee3 (2064)
• India
9 Jul 09
It has happened to us too. But then here in India if books LPG cylinders, then we can keep two at a time. So if one runs out we always have the back up. Once we start using the backup cylinder we immediately order for the next LPG cylinder which is then delivered in a week. So alls well that ends well.
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
9 Jul 09
hahaha...i hate it when this happens! but it happens to me all the time coz i can't really predict when my LPG will be empty! that's why i always make my charcoal stove always ready! hehehe...so far this is the only alternative i have coz cooking using woods is something that i don't really like coz it really blackens the pans... i remember my mom then, when our LPG gets empty in a middle of her cooking, what she usually do is to run in our neighbor's house and cook in their stove! hehehe! so good that our neighbors are very nice and well they are some sort of a relative to us...so thanks to neighbors! but now, since i live in a place where neighbors are far and i don't really know them that much...i really need to keep a charcoal stove always! have a nice day!
@littleowl (7157)
9 Jul 09
LOL it did happen to me one Christmas when I was married..it made me laugh though, I have a gas cooker and we had a power cut from both electric and gas, it was in the middle of cooking the Xmas dinner..my hubby at the time went loopy as we all sat in candle light waiting for the gas and electric to come on which took 3hrs. The children and I played charades, eye spy and talked all the time through the episode but my hubby just swore moaned and sulked the whole time! LoLo
9 Jul 09
Hi Neil, I have a gas and electric cooker, but we have a BBQ set and can cook or coal if we want to, but things like that will never happened here, even when we had a power cut, I can still cook on my stove, I had cadles so I can see what I was doing.Hugs. Tamara
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
8 Jul 09
weiii,happens to me at the middle of cooking at to think that it is night time already means late night coz we just arrived home from school activities.good thing is a familiar foodchain is just 5 mins walk from home,so,...bring the kids in there and they are even most happy with their dinner,but for my pocket (lolz).