Friday, December 24, 2010

A fast, foolproof, no-soak method for cooking beans

Haven't tried this method yet, but Kitchn usually has good info, and they say your oven is the key to cooking beans fast.

PSHTF, that means you'll need to have an oven, obviously, or use a different method [and if you already have a favorite method, you'll need to ensure you have the means to continue using it]. Fortunately, there are ways to build ovens for bread that ought to work just as well for beans, and there's no time like the present to start working on an oven, or at least trying the oven method for beans.

Preventing fires

One of the really scary things to face dealing with PSHTF is fire. You might be able to talk your way out of a situation involving another person and perhaps a weapon, or even several people, each possessing one or more weapons, but fire doesn't listen.

Fire doesn't care that your family photographs are the only copies anybody has.

Fire doesn't care that the cat can't get out by herself.

Fire doesn't care how it started, just that it keeps going.

And the fire department may not respond if you can get a hold of them. Not because they don't want to, but because they can't if there's no fuel for the truck, or if a law has been passed that you have to pay for fire service, and you can't afford to.

If you want to stymie fire, you need to think prevention. A fire extinguisher is a good thing to have around, as well as baking soda for a grease fire [water only aggravates the problem], but prevention tops any other method of putting out a fire because it does it before the fire even begins.

Check out these links from the National Fire Protection Agency:

Emergency Preparedness
Escape Planning
Fire and Safety Equipment
Gas and Propane