I appreciate all of your interesting replies, ehellers. I was really nervous and concerned about the forecast, and then we had only a bit of rain and wind. We were so lucky! I feel so badly for all of those who were hit so hard by the storm. What a terrible mess there is to clean up!
Next time I make rice, amandaelizabeth, I'm going to soak it for awhile! That's a clever idea.
VorFemme, you sound like the health author Adele Davis. She said to keep every scrap of peelings and meat to make stock. Once I was in a farm kitchen, and the farmer's wife told me that they had managed to pay off their farm in only 5 years. As she was telling her story she was crushing the bones of a picked bare turkey carcass to make soup. Her thrift made a big impression on me.
Thanks for taking the time to google this, Amara. It hadn't occurred to me to do this, and the articles were interesting. I had no idea that bulgur could be used for salad with just soaking, and no cooking. That would be especially nice on hot summer days.
Cat-Fu, I had never heard the term "penny stoves" before. It would be nice to have several on hand for unexpected situations. If I had started the stewpot I would have been sure to keep it simmering - we are lucky to have a gas range. I bet the kids would think that hobo packets were fun in the summer, and would probably enjoy making their own.
I never heard of your version of a slow cooker, either, rashea. It sounds like something else that we could do at summer parties, and keep the heat outdoors. Great idea!
In thinking of emergency cooking I remembered an interesting article about the past in an old car club magazine. Apparently, in the days of the Model T's and Model A's some people used their car engines to cook meat on the way to a picnic. Sounds bizarre. The article had pictures, and it showed people wrapping pieces of meat in aluminum foil, and then attaching the packet to a hot part of their motor. I can think of a lot of things that could go wrong with this. Think I'll stick with Cat-Fu's hobo packets.
Thanks for your replies, wise ehellions.