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Ancient Outdoor Cooking Techniques: From Primal Caveman to Modern Backyard Griller

Who Cooked The First Meat?

“The early humans ate raw. Cooking may have been discovered by accident. Some of the animals he killed may have been thrown near the fire. Or the meat they consume might have accidentally fallen into the glowing embers. The surface of the meat turned brown. This smelled & tasted good. Therefore, man discovered that his food would be improved by cooking. Man then slowly skilled by boiling food in pits, which were  lined with a large hide or skin. These pits were usually filled with water & heated to the boiling point by red-hot stones.Gradually, man learned to make utensils. Kettles were made by smearing clay over reed baskets and letting it harden. These kettles were placed on fire for cooking foods, which was either with or without water. In those days there were only 2 ways of cooking:

  • By baking or by roasting in dry heat
  • By boiling or steaming on moist heat

As civilization developed, cooking became an art.

How Did The Life Of Early Man Change?

Almost all the inventions made by the early man or early humans came out of a cause or need or by accident. Our ancestors were hunters and the initial tools used were generally for throwing, cutting & hammering. The early tools of early men were mostly out of sticks and stones.The pieces of some stones were used to make fine sharp edges which could then be used for cutting. The tips of the sticks were basically sharpened in order to make spears, which then later were used for throwing. Handles made of sticks were fixed to stones to form nice hammers. The tools he made acted as an extension of man’s hand and helped him to hunt animals more efficiently. Though these devices were too basic, they were very important. It led to further new inventions in later centuries. These inventions led to changes in the ways an early man actually lived”.

Today, we have learned many Ancient Cooking Methods and Techniques. In Backpacking or a Survival Situation, many alternate methods exist. According to Practical Survivor the “(7) Basic Methods are:

  • Cooking over coals (ash cooking)
  • Broiling rack / Tennis Racket
  • Plank Cooking
  • Hot rock cooking / Steam Pit
  • Flat stone cooking
  • Spit cooking or spit roast
  • Clay cooking

Outdoor cooking without proper equipment can be a challenge. After practicing several methods, it can actually be fun. There are many ways to cook your food in the outdoors. Most people think of outdoor or survival cooking as simply using direct heat. Often we think about using skewers or simply hanging the food on a log. Other possible ways to cook the food are:

  • Radiative heat – Grilling, roasting
  • Steam
  • Baking

Once Humans developed their Techniques and Methods using their Resources and Tools, Cooking evolved. You can follow the History of Cooking at which highlights all the Techniques by Culture to Today’s Modern Humans.

According to Wikipedia  “Cooking is the art of preparing food for ingestion, commonly with the application of heat. Cooking techniques and ingredients vary widely across the world, reflecting unique environmental, economic, with cultural traditions and trends. The way that cooking takes place also depends on the skill and type of training an individual cook has”. For Advanced Cooking Methods, they have a great Reference at Cooking Techniques.

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