DailyDirt: Additional Challenges To Making Dinner

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For some folks, boiling water isn't a simple task. Others can whip up a delicious meal before a pot of water can boil. Cooking skills can be amazingly good or mind-bogglingly bad, but there are some people who just don't want to do things simply, and they turn cooking into a kind of obstacle challenge. Sure, there are reality TV shows that put ridiculous time pressures on cooking a 7-course meal or restrict ingredients to rare delicacies. For pure fun (or sometimes necessity...), though, some cooks are forgoing a stove or conventional cooking devices to make their meals. Here are just a few examples. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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    Andrew D. Todd, 12 Jan 2014 @ 4:50am

    Cooking with Explosives

    One of the things I came across in reading Vietnam-era military memoirs was that soldiers in the jungle used to use plastic explosive (C-4) to cook their dinners. If you light C-4 with a match, it doesn't explode, but it burns, with approximately the intensity of gasoline. So, what the troops would do was to place a pinch of C-4 under a metal cup filled with water and dry ingredients (rice, jerky, etc.). They would apply a match, and the C-4 would burn itself out in a minute or so, leaving the water (or soup or stew) hot. The was before MRE's, of course. The system of dry stuff employed by soldiers in the jungle was an unofficial predecessor of the MRE, though C-4 was also used to heat tin cans and their contents.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meal,_Ready-to-Eat
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meal,_Combat,_I ndividual_ration
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-ration

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