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Has anyone ever tried thermos cooking?  I found a LOT of you tube videos about this method of cooking.  Supposed to take very little fuel or electricity, cook long low and slow like a slow cooker.  This looks very interesting, especially if living off grid or camping.  Also, there are amazing thermal cooking pots and demos from Australia and China, etc online, looks really worth checking out, anyone else seen or done this, I'd like to  hear your thoughts.  Rice going into my Stanley thermos tonight with cinnamon and raisins for breakfast tomorrow and I'll see how it does (I'm out of oats).
 
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Sounds delicious. Milk, coconut, and cardamom might also be worth considering next time.

I've seen this method used to cook beans, many years ago. I think it worked OK, but the thermos was difficult to clean.

For larger amounts, there's a traditional method using a straw-insulated box.
 
                                              
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Well, I used a Thermos last night rather than my stanley.  The cereal was warm 9 hours later, not hot enough to burn.  Tasted fine. 
The opening might be narrow, but the cereal mostly drained out, and it's now sitting full of hot water and dish soap.
If I have trouble removing food, I thought a chop stick or other long implement might help.
Today, I'll try hamburger hash for supper tonight.
 
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I haven't tried it.  But while looking up plans for building a solar cooker I came across all sorts of recipes for slow cooking in jars using the sun.  I liked this site http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/radabaugh30.html
 
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Another name for this type of method is retained heat cooking.  You can use just about anything to insulate the pot of food - I know that campers sometimes use a sleeping bag.  We have an insulated chamber that we call the Hot Box and use it everyday.  It works kind of like a crock pot except all the energy is put in up front instead of a little at a time for a long time.  We like using cast iron pots since they hold heat so well.
 
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Take a look at this site:

http://www.angelfire.com/md3/openhearthcooking/aaFirelesscooker.html

But the third book they list is better accessed at :

http://www.archive.org/details/firelesscookbook00mitcrich

They have a toolbar on the left where you can read it online or better yet, download the whole book as a pdf... or some of the bookreader formats. She also talks about soapstone ovens.... kinda like a haybox, but with a very hot (and large) soapstone slab thrown in.... can bake bread. An earth oven may be just as easy for that use.

For a more up to date try at this take a look at:
http://www.selfsufficientish.com/main/blog.php/2008/06/30/hay-box-cooker-an-old-invention-out-of-new-materials-by-the-self-sufficient-guru-nev-sweeny/

His is really impressive. Take 2 quarts of water to boil, put in haybox for ten hours, temp of water is still at 90C (194F). The best I have managed is 180F 4 or 5 hours later.... hot enough to cook, but not much more. The cooler is a good place to start though.
 
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