Thermal Pot Magic

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 and

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.

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