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Different way to Slow cook

Posted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:19 pm
by Jaxfishgyd
I saw this on Facebook on ka8uet's page...

The Wonderbag Will Change The Way You Slow-Cook Forever (VIDEO) ... 32485.html

The Huffington Post | By Rebecca Orchant
Posted: 01/02/2014 11:26 pm EST

Sometimes innovations in cooking seem like they're only for chefs, or at the very least people with the coin to drop on an immersion circulator. Rarely does something hit the market that is affordable, amazing, brand new and totally practical for the home cook. That is exactly how we'd describe the Wonderbag.

Originally invented by founder Sarah Collins in South Africa with the intention of conserving cooking energy in developing nations, this cordless, power-free, gas-free slow cooker might just change the way we slow-cook forever. Although our slow cookers are tried and true instruments in our kitchen, the notion of leaving an electrical appliance running hot while we sleep or leave our homes has always made us a little nervous, to be honest. The Wonderbag removes that worry, saves electricity and -- the best part -- actually works. You start anything you cook in the Wonderbag on the stove (recipes range from beef stew to oatmeal to greens and beyond), bringing your pot to a boil for around five minutes. Turn off the heat, seal the pot and pop it in the Wonderbag for your desired amount of time. A tender beef stew will take about four hours, but you can leave your food in the Wonderbag for up to 12 hours without it falling below a safe temperature.

We got our hands on a Wonderbag and I was so excited to try it that I couldn't pick a recipe from their website. I decided to go rogue and see if I could make a solid vegetable stock in this thing. I followed my usual method -- which involves a freezer bag full of vegetable scraps, herbs, a pot full of water and seasonings -- but once the pot had come to a rolling boil for five minutes, I turned off the heat and transferred the sealed pot to the Wonderbag and left it on my kitchen counter. I'll admit to experiencing a healthy amount of skepticism: to me, a simmering pot is the sign of something that will taste good. But, after four hours, I opened up my Wonderbag to reveal a rich, flavorful stock, that was about twice the volume it would have been if it simmered away on the stove all day (because the Wonderbag conducts a sealed, insulated heat, there is little to no evaporation).

So it saves energy, time, worry and actually works. But there's actually still more good news: for every Wonderbag purchased via Amazon in the U.S. (for $50), a Wonderbag will be donated to a family in need in Africa. There aren't a lot of kitchen appliances we can think of that have quite as much impact on the rest of the world. If you end up getting one, let us know how you're using it. We can't wait to discover more tricks.

Re: Different way to Slow cook

Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:32 pm
by Boatbound
Very cool! I found this video on how to make your own but it also has a link to recipes. She had a great idea to put the bag in a tote..thought that might be very helpful on a boat to keep it from tipping if you rock too much. Check it out..

Re: Different way to Slow cook

Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:14 am
by tex
Gee Capt. Charlie: Sounds like the perfect solution for cooking some of that rot-gut fish you pull out from under the boat. :roll:

Re: Different way to Slow cook

Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:53 am
by TheFairlaner
That is very cool.

Re: Different way to Slow cook

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:38 am
by DeepThought
This isn't all that new, my grandparents used something similar (a haybox), and when camping as a kid in the scouts we had a huge haybox made from and old teachest that took a 5 gallon (iirc) pot, there was a caveat that you had to be certain that the pot was free from embers from the fire or the whole thing could catch fire (wooden box full of hay)...

I think these tended to be better the bigger they got - the old euclidean geometry thing, double a length and the area (over which heat is lost) increases x4 but volume (which contains the heat) goes up x8, but with modern insulating materials there is no problem.

google Haybox Cooking / Haybox cooker and you'll find lots of ideas.

Re: Different way to Slow cook

Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:46 pm
by ka8uet
In fairness, Charlie, I decided that the price was too steep, and that I could use my insulated shopping bag the same way. I still think it's a good idea, but I'm sort of cheap.

Re: Different way to Slow cook

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:44 am
by mari04
For the slow cook I used Dutch oven for making soup because it has the benefit from the low-and-slow cooking. It’s a perfect oven for making soup.