What is thermal cooking? Well it’s like a slow cooker, but it does not use electricity at all. The short and sweet of it is that food is heated to boiling for a period of time 5, 10, 15 minutes and then put into an insulated structure. The covered pot will retain all the heat and the food will slowly continue cooking for several hours.This cooking concept is not new. While doing some research I found a newspaper article from the late 1890’s describing the same method. I also found a drawing in the book Experiment Station Work, XLI from 1907. If interested in reading the article it can be found over on the Internet Archive.
Well my cooker is not made from wood but the concept is the same. I was able to duplicate the method using a lidded pot and a cooler. Considering the cooler took up so much counter space and the hot pot warped the plastic on the inside of the cooler I finally decided to purchase a small crockpot sized thermal cooker.
It’s very simple to use and there is no worry from leaving an electric appliance plugged in all day. Continue reading
Meals don’t have to be blah when you are hiking or camping!
Camping food doesn’t have to be burgers and hotdogs. Make your next hiking or camping trip special! This meal is easy to make ahead and it’s easy to make once your have your campsite set up. Great when your tired and you don’t want to have to dig out all the grilling equipment, clean the grill..you know what I mean.
Here’s a list of the ingredients so you can make your own.
Rice Noodle Curry Soup 1 Serving
- 1 Serving Rice Noodles (my packet said it had 4 servings, so I used 1/4 the package
- 1 ounce Coconut Cream Powder (1/2 the packet)
- 1/4 cup Dried Veggies
- 1 cube Veggie Bouillon
- 1 teaspoon Curry Powder
- Small sprinkle of Cayenne Powder (more if you like it HOT!)
- 2 Cups water (more or less to suit your taste)
Directions – Place noodles and dried veggies in a zip bag or container (container #1). Set aside. Place coconut powder, bouillon cube, curry powder, and cayenne powder in a separate container or baggie (container #2). When ready to cook boil the noodles and veggies (container #1) in 2 cups of water. When the rice noodles are tender mix in the ingredients (container 2). Enjoy! Quick and easy!
A couple of weeks ago I purchased a Groupon for a month supply of food from Deseret Food Store. The Groupon lowered the price to half for the month supply, so being ADD like I am I jumped on it. What will we do with a month supply of dried food that has a 25 year shelf life? Well…camping and hiking came to mind! Tonight we’re trying the Potato Soup. More to come later after dinner. Watch for my review of our first taste of Potato Soup from Deseret Food Store!