We have all gotten so used to all the commodities that modern life has that we had forgotten how it was back in the old days when there was no technology to help us accomplish every single thing we do. However, technology has brought a lot of bad as well, and an increasing number of people is now trying to evade it as much as possible.
If you want to do things like in the old days, or you need to escape from the shackles of the hectic modern life for at least a few days, you might want to leave your home and go to a secluded cabin somewhere in the mountains, or anywhere else you might have found such a place where you can rest your mind and soul.
The only problem might be how to cook or bake without the modern kitchen electrical appliances. We have all faced this problem at some point in our lives as well and have therefore decided to be prepared for the next time in case that happens again.
The likelihood of such a scenario is rather great as even the simplest power failure can leave you without your oven in the middle of baking a cake! Wouldn’t that be a bummer?
But do not worry! We have done the hard work for you as always; we researched and tried out the methods that will be very helpful in this kind of situations. Read the following text and find out how to bake without an oven- you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results!
How To Bake Without An Oven
While searching for the best answer to our question how to bake without an oven, we came across not one but several great solutions. We have tried them all, and after some trial and error, they all proved to be effective, and the end result was quite satisfying every time.
Therefore, we will present the two best methods in great detail so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs and current circumstances. Sit back, and take notes as you might not have the internet as well as the oven once you reach your secluded heaven.
How To Bake In Dutch Oven
Even if you choose a place so secluded, without the electric power or gas stovetop at hand, there is still a way to enjoy freshly baked bread, pie or cookies! You might wonder how this can be possible, and the answer is quite simple- you will do it in the same way as your ancestors did it a long time ago. You will need some specific kitchen utensils, but the process is rather simple.
First of all, you will need a cast iron Dutch oven. We hope that you already have one, as most experienced cooks do. It is definitely one of the most versatile cookware element that can provide you with many delicious meals wherever and whenever you use it.
The heavy cast iron Dutch ovens are usually made of provides a very regulated heat and is thus more than a good choice for outdoor cooking and baking as well. In order to cook outside, you will need to start a fire, which means that you will need to have all that is needed to complete that task as well. Keep on reading, and everything will be much clearer.
Things You Will Need To Bake In The Dutch Oven
- A cast iron Dutch oven
- Wood/ charcoal briquets
Baking In The Dutch Oven
Start your fire- this is the first and the most crucial step in being able to bake your food successfully. You can choose to use wood or charcoal briquets, but if you are a beginner, we recommend the later. Why? Well, maintaining a constant temperature is key to success when it comes to baking in your Dutch oven, and it is much easier to control it when you use the charcoal.
There is a simple rule to follow when it comes to using charcoal briquets- if the recipe states that you need a temperature of 400 degrees F, you will need to use 40 briquets as each counts for approximately 10 degrees. This will allow you to regulate the fire without too much effort.
On the other hand, wood is easier to acquire and cheaper, so it might be a good solution as well, especially if you do not mind having to keep a close eye on the baking process until it’s done.
A general rule is that you do not need to have an open fire, but it rather has to be quite low and regulated. In this way, you will be able to maintain the desired temperature and avoid burning your food. Our advice is never to leave anything to chance, and instead be present during the whole process as you might need to replace some of the charcoal or wood during the baking. So do have extra supplies at your hand.
After all, baking your food this way is a great excuse to spend a great time with your friends and family- gathered around the campfire and enjoying its seducing warmth!
Once your fire is started and stable, position the Dutch oven and cover its top with hot coals. Approximately one-third of coals need to remain underneath it while two thirds should be piled on top of it.
If you have chosen your Dutch oven wisely, it will have a lip on the lid for holding the coals in place. The high-quality Dutch ovens will also have legs that will make placing the coals in a circle underneath it almost effortless.
We have tried baking a blueberry cobbler using this baking method and were more than impressed with the results! We thus highly recommend this technique.
How To Bake On Stovetop
If you have a functional stovetop of any kind, you will have no trouble to bake whatever pleases your heart. Sounds great, doesn’t it? You need to choose the cookware you are going to use carefully though. For safety reasons we recommend using some older pot (you do not want to risk ruining the new one although the chances for that are rather slim). The key to successful baking on your stovetop is to keep the temperature stable, so make sure to preheat the pot before you use it to bake your specialties.
The Things You Will Need To Bake On Your Stovetop
- 1 aluminum pot (An old one preferably)
- 1 Flat aluminum plate or Baking Pan
- A Stove / Gas / Electric cooker
As we already mentioned, you first need to heat the pot over medium heat. Once the desired temperature is reached, place a flat aluminum plate or baking pan in it. You should position the plate/ pan upside down.
Line your baking pan with a baking sheet as you would normally do when baking in your oven (make sure that the pan you are using for baking can fit into your pot). As an alternative you can use a bit of butter to grease the surface of the baking pan and then dust some flour on top of that- it will help keep the cake or cookies you are baking from sticking to the pan surface as well.
Pour in the batter or spread the dough you intend to bake. Position the baking pan on top of the overturned aluminum plate/ pan and cover the pot. Let it bake for the same time prescribed by the recipe you are using.
The most important thing to remember is NOT TO OPEN THE POT, or otherwise, the whole baking process will be compromised. If your cookies and cake need to raise, they will collapse and be ruined as soon as you open the pot.
How will you then know if whatever you are preparing is done? Well, use your sense of smell. When the alluring smell starts filtering out (and enough time has passed), you can open the pot to check if your culinary specialty is done!
It is rather flabbergasting how ingenious people can be when they have to be. As you can see baking without an oven is very realistic. Moreover, it is a great way to prepare food. We used these methods to bake many of our culinary achievements, and we grew to love them. Practice did wonders, and we are now true experts in baking with a Dutch oven or on a stovetop. Some things even taste better when you prepare them this way, so do try and let us know how you like it!