Hurricane Season: Good Reason for Traditional Cooking Skills

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Campfire Café announces new open-fire cooking videos.

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Anyone can cook simple dishes over an open fire,'' says Pamela Alford, ''but what we teach is how to control the heat of the fire just like on a kitchen range – so you can cook anything.

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In August 2005, over 15 million people lost power due to Katrina. Those who knew how turned to old-fashioned solutions, such as cooking over an open fire, to ensure basic needs for their families.

One of the most basic requirements for hurricane or other natural disaster preparedness is to have a good supply of non-perishable food. Something that is rarely discussed or planned is how one will cook this non-perishable food given there will be no power. The very nature of this type of food supply means rice, beans, canned meats, and other food items that require cooking.

Almost everyone knows how to cook on a gas or charcoal grill – but what if there is no propane or charcoal. Chances are good that firewood will be readily available in any situation, but knowing how to cook over an open fire takes knowledge and the right equipment. During a natural disaster, it is even more important than ever to eat hearty meals that “stick to the ribs”, and a hot meal during times of this nature can be most encouraging to survivors.

Unless you have grandparents that remember open-fire cooking that involved baking bread and roasting in Dutch ovens, how do you learn traditional cooking methods that, at the least are recreational, at best – could save your life? The online ''Camping & Cooking Video Library'' is designed to help those looking to master the lost art of open-fire cooking by providing step-by-step instructional video from Campfire Café® TV hosts, Pamela Alford and Larry Wiseheart.

“Anyone can cook simple dishes over an open fire,'' says Pamela Alford, ''but what we teach is how to control the heat of the fire just like on a kitchen range – so you can cook anything.” With recipes for everything from Flat-Iron Chicken to Butterscotch Rum Cake, these two experts on open-fire cooking show web visitors just how easy traditional outdoor cooking can be with over 200 videos in a growing collection that is free to watch.

The Camping & Cooking Video Library empowers outdoor cooks to hone skills that are quickly being forgotten, and that are simply not being taught to generations today. The Campfire Café® hosts and crew believe open fire cooking skills are worth learning and passing on to our kids in a recreational atmosphere. Open-fire cooking is fun and involves the whole family, from small kids to teenagers, and gets mom out of the kitchen where she usually does all the work. When hurricane season or winter weather conditions surface, the whole family will be familiar with one of the most important skills for survival – cooking.

The Campfire Café® television series aired nationally for nine seasons. The popular series is now available for viewing online in the ''Camping & Cooking Video Library'' compliments of Pets United LLC at , a site that offers video on a variety of outdoor and horse-related topics. Gear developed by the Campfire Café® crew is also available online, along with free videos on the setup and safe use of open-fire equipment.

Pamela Alford, President
EMG Productions, Inc.
(573) 238 4558


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