I have been researching thermal cookers for some time and finally decided on the one that I wanted so I purchased it and have been having great fun experimenting with it. I expect to be boondocking extensively so this cooker will be both a cost saver for fuel and allow safe, unattended cooking while I am communing with nature.
I decided on a Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker. It comes with a heavily insulated base and lid shown to the left and two inner stainless steel pots and a lid that fit in the interior.
I chose this cooker because it had 2 inner pots to allow for and entree and side dish to be cooked at the same time. I also wanted a medium capacity since storage of leftovers is an issue. It also was in the mid price range with good reviews on Amazon.
This is how they work.
Brown and add ingredients in the largest of the inner pots.
The Pot should be at least 3/4 full.
Bring to a full boil and continue for at least 5 minutes.
Leave in inner chamber where the heat is retained without further need for electricity or gas for up to eight hours.
There are some basic differences between Thermal Cookers and Crock Pots.
- After boiling most recipes require no further heat source (ie. electricity or gas) I have chosen to thicken some dishes and add tender vegetables (such as broccoli above) after opening using further energy as I prefer crunchy vegetables.
- Very little heat loss occurs... the outside of the cooker is completely cool to the touch
- You literately cannot smell it cooking as air does not escape during the cooking process. Since there is little evaporation some adjustment is required in the amount of liquid especially for recipes such as rice.
Here is a link to a review of the Saratoga Jack thermal cooker
And the link where I purchased it
It's helping pass the time until my leg is healed and I can get back on track with reading my house for sale.
I am having fun, fun, fun!!