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Old 08-16-2014, 08:04 AM   #1
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Wonderbags for cooking

Has anyone tried these?

Developed for use in third-world countries, they slow-cook foods which have been brought to a boil through conventional methods.....without the use of additional fuel.

I came across these on theboatgalley.com website, which has some excellent tips and info on living without electricity.

It is a fascinating idea, one which is not only energy-efficient but would seem to be eminently adaptable to boondocking.

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Old 08-16-2014, 08:09 AM   #2
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LOL. When I saw just the first few lines on my smartphone I thought it was a new replacement for the little blue extra grey water tanks. Now I know the REST of the story


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Old 08-16-2014, 09:31 AM   #3
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My daughter gave me one for Christmas this past year but I haven't had an opportunity to use it yet. You've made me think about it and that that I should create a reason to use it, a trial run of sorts, just to see how well it works.
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Old 08-16-2014, 09:37 AM   #4
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Good idea, Paddledipper, and then you can report back here.

Not sure how feasible they would be for everyday use for a small family, but might be great for a family gathering campout, or rally.


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Old 09-30-2014, 07:11 AM   #5
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Maggie:

I have a Thermos Nissan slow cooker. The one I have has with two stainless steel pots that stack on top of each other. You put your ingredients in the pots, bring them to a boil and then put them in the insulated sleeve to cook away while your drive. I like to put a lentil stew in one pot and rice in the other. When we get to our destination, we have stew over rice for dinner along with a salad.

This is the one I have.

http://www.amazon.com/Thermos-Therma...f=cm_lmf_tit_3

This particular model is no longer available, but there are lots of other models.
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:01 AM   #6
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These are pretty nifty.

I'm going to have to have something along these lines.

I like the idea of something that stacks.


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Similar in concept to a haybox. A few old-timer yachties that I used to know before their boats were destroyed by hurricane Rita used a haybox on their boats. It's just what it sounds like, a box, filled with hay packed tightly around a pot of hot food. They'd heat a big meal in a Dutch oven at the dock where it was safer to cook, then slip the hot Dutch oven into the haybox to keep it warm for a couple of days of cruising without needing additional heat. When I asked them where they got the idea, one of them pointed me to a book, "One Hand for Yourself, One for the Ship" by Tristain Jones.

Wonderbags just seem like a more portable version.

It's actually a pretty smart concept. Instead of heat, refrigerate, reheat, you just heat once and keep it hot.
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Old 12-26-2014, 06:37 AM   #8
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I did get one of these for Christmas.....a red one.

It came with a little recipe booklet of easy to prepare, and familiar, dishes that you assemble, bring to a full boil, then wrap in this for 2-4 hours...or all day, if you prefer...to complete the cooking process. Beans to soups to stews.

There are loads of more ethnic and exotic recipes on their website, for a particularly adventurous mood.

Can't wait to try it out, and my small Calphalon pot with the little side handles is the perfect size for it.

More than 750,000 sold, I believe I read, and so appear to work very well, and safely, following their instructions. I love that, for every purchase, another is donated to a family in Africa who needs one.

The item is a bit space-hungry for the Interstate, but is squishy and somewhat malleable, so I tnink will fit into an odd space near the fresh water tank.

The space will be worth it for the reduced energy used for cooking.


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How about using it as a pillow when not in use? Maybe you can keep you PJs in there!
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:49 AM   #10
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You know, a pillow isn't a bad idea!

Could put a pretty, square cover on it, and no one would be the wiser.

It would be a tad lumpy for sleeping, but fine as a backrest.

I am going to make garlic chicken in it later today, so will report back.



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It does what it says it will do....the long cooking part of anything which requires it.

Took me about 20 minutes to saute the chicken a bit, add other ingredients and bring to a hard boil.

Let it sit in the WB for 4 hours, at which point it was done, but would have been more tender if I had cooked it longer on the stove or left it longer in the bag.

Will take a bit of playing with it, but it will definitely allow more versatility when without hook-ups.

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Thanks for the info... I'm eager to try mine again!
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I would use it with a food thermometer the first few times to confirm you can safely stay within the recommended temperatures, and out of the 'danger zone'. Good rules to follow for food safety are:

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Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 F and 140 F, doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes. This range of temperatures is often called the “Danger Zone.” Never leave food out of refrigeration over 2 hours.
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:45 AM   #14
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Thanks for the cautionary warning, Stephanie. I'll look for one.

According to the website, and these have been around awhile, you can set things to cook for a full day, once brought to a full boil and the cooking begun.

Don't know why I would need or want to do that, but an afternoon sounds like a great idea and fuel-saver.

I will buy a cooking thermometer, I promise.


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