This is an article about saving money on electricity. Question: How do you like
(a) the idea of having your food cooked while you’re sleeping/shopping/at work etc?
(b) Better still, how do you like idea of (a) above and at the same time incurring little/no electricity charges or gas usage while your food is being cooked?
Yeap, such a thing exists in real life. It’s called a thermal pot, and it basically works like a huge thermos flask.
Aunty Scroogey loves soups and frequently uses one to cook soup. All you need to do is put your ingredients into the pot, bring it to a boil and then put the whole pot into the thermal container (if you’re paranoid, you may want to simmer for another 10-20 mins before removing from fire). Soup is ready a few hours later; but I usually leave it to cook overnight. If you’re like me and like your soup piping hot, just bring it to a boil again before serving.
For the sceptics out there who doubt if the thermal pot is able to make soups as good as those made the usual way, take a look at the picture below (ginseng chicken soup with shredded black fungus and mushrooms). The meat comes off the bones easily. Even the most hardcore of soup lovers like my 3 kids couldn’t tell the difference.
Although Aunty Scroogey uses it to make soups most of the time, the thermal pot can be used to cook a variety of dishes such as stew, porridge, curries, desserts…. and even cakes, bread and puddings! (Recipes can be found at various websites https://www.dreampot.com.au/recipes/latest-recipes/ and http://thermalcooker.wordpress.com/category/recipes-all/).
The thermal pot come in various sizes, price varies accordingly. Aunty Scroogey’s pot of soup is big enough to feed 1 adult and 3 soup-loving kids (paid $50-odd for the pot). Get yours soon, you’ll love it.