Vera Vil wrote:I don't know if anyone has mentioned this yet but I have a well insulated bag with a drawstring top that I have been using as a crockpot for a few years. I just bring whatever I want to cook to a boil and let it boil for a few minutes, Then seal it up in the bag. It works beautifully, even on unslaked dry beans. I found a pattern on etsy I believe because I wanted to give some as gifts. It is called HopeSaC on etsy.
Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Because you here (Megan, Anita) assure me it is possible to use a second hand Schlemmertopf or Römertopf, I finally dared to buy the one that was in the thrift store for a long time. Months ago I saw it, I thought of buying it for use as a plant container. But I didn't. And now I bought it for its real use!
Leigh Tate wrote:How about a haybox cooker? There's a Permies thread on what it is and how to make one here - Haybox Cooking / Thermal Cooker / Wonder Box. They look pretty easy to make and would seem to be a good alternative to a slow cooker or crockpot.
Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote: This was the first time I did not put only vegetables in it, but chicken too. I wanted to do it with a whole chicken, but they were too large. Anyway, no problem, three parts of chicken and a mixture of root vegetables went in the pot.
When I use my cotton/wool oven mitts to insulate the top of my slow cooker, the steam does make them damp and I have to make sure I dry them out afterwards instead of just putting them in their drawer. I expect if you left your "wool" box open in a sunny spot it would dry out fine, but I'd be wary of putting plastic there - the heat from inside could possibly seep out and create fumes. I have a silicon mat for baking and that I would trust under the pot if you think the moisture will weep through the bottom?
The haybox (in fact it's wool I have in it as insulation, not hay) probably won't work well if the insulation gets humid.
I hired a bunch of ninjas. The fridge is empty, but I can't find them to tell them the mission.
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