Preppers China

With the help of fire, a simple cooking container—a pot, a cup, or a spoon—can be made in the wilderness. Your first task is to find a suitable log or branch. Simply look around the area until you locate a chunk of wood that’s neither punky nor rotten, but big enough to be made into a practicable container. A piece of timber that will hold a quart or two of liquid and solids when its center has been burnt out to form a bowl will make a good stew pot. Take care, however, that you don’t use a variety of tree that’s potentially poisonous. Try to utilize pines, cedars, oaks, and hickories.
And remember: Hardwoods take more time and effort to burn out, but they’re better than softwoods at holding foodstuffs without allowing liquids to seep into the container walls. Once you’ve selected a suitable chunk of raw material, chip away the bark from one side until you have a flat surface, or platform. Then place hot, glowing embers from your fire in the center of the level spot and blow on them, causing them to burn slowly into the wood. Because the coals will tend to burn directly down, you’ll find that the process creates a natural bowl shape. Using this technique, you should be able to fashion a one – to two quart pot from a cedar log in a little less than an hour. Harder woods like oak can take two hours or more. With a bit of patience and practice you’ll find that  Containers of several sizes can be fashioned fairly quickly and adapted to a wide variety of uses in your wilderness kitchen. After charring the depression to the size and shape you want, use a sharp stone (knife or metal spoon) to scrape out the burnt, flaky residue inside the bowl. Then find a rounded rock and use it as a sanding stone to grind out and finish your work. The result will be a container that’s very effective for cooking and holding foods. Making a spoon involves a similar operation. Simply take a piece of wood about 1/2 inch thick and 6 to 7 inches long, and place a single hot coal close to one end. Blow on the ember steadily until a small, dish-shaped depression has been formed. Then scrape out the burned area, and use a rock to sand or carve the rest of the wood to a shape that suits your hand. You are now a proud owner of “Prepper China”.
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