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August 19, 2012

Wilderness Grilled Chicken

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 11:59 pm

My husband thought of the above title.

We have a wood stove in the camp. As you can see from the picture there is a teapot on top. I had to make some hot tea tonight with lemon as I’m a little under the weather. It’s in the 50’s here at night so you need some heat in the house. So in comes the wood stove. They are good to have. They can heat up the entire house AND can cook your food.

Tonight we grilled chicken on the outdoor fire. You gather up some dry twigs and small pieces of dry wood to start a fire around the area to build a fire. The grill is held up by bricks. We had purchased some chicken at the local market on clearance.

We buy meat with coupon peelies on them. Usually if the meat does not sell by a certain date they have to close them out very cheap. That is when I buy meat. They were a $1.50 but with a .50 coupon that chicken costs me $1.00. Now since we can’t eat all that meat at once, I buy up quite a bit and then freeze the meat. I only take that meat out the day I’m going to cook it or it will go bad.

Cooking over a wood stove or open fire saves money and teaches you survival skills. If we were to have a major snowstorm, hurricane or tornado and the power was out, you’d need to find a way to cook and stay warm. The cooking outdoors and the woodstove will do it.

As far as keeping things cool, google Flowerpot Refrigerator. 2 young people demonstrate how to keep things cold in clay flower pots. When I get back to the South I’m definitely going to try it.

We never know what is going to happen in our world. Anything could happen. High food inflation, major war, solar flare, extreme weather changes, dollar collapse, anything could happen.

You have to dig a well before you’re thirsty.



  1. Smart thinking!!!

    Comment by Lisa Smith — August 20, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

  2. Just found your blog via Cheapskatemom – it’s interesting to read dumpster diving adventures by someone living in the US. I live in the North of England in a small village — luckily our one supermarket is diveable, and offers a surprising amount of variety, but it is a bit limiting because of the risk of getting caught and its distance from my house. It really seems a lot easier in the states! I’m wondering now if the UK has the same “trash is public domain” law (is it a law?)… anyway, I’ll be coming back to your blog, thanks. 🙂

    Comment by Marianne — August 23, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

  3. Marianne – I’ve not been on my blog, been on vacation, sorry it took me so long to approve comments. You’d have to ask a local attorney how the law is in your part of the world. California had a supreme court decision California vs. Greenwood that set the standard that once something was in the trash, it was public domain.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — September 5, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

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