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I've just got myself a new toy, it's a thermal cooker. I'm very excited about it, since it is a great way to cook - it works kind of like a slow cooker only way more energy efficient - doesn't have to be plugged in all day while I'm at work (which frankly makes me anxious) and I can still have dinner ready and waiting for us when we get home.

What happens is that you start it off on the stove, then put it in an insulated casing which retains the heat, and then it keeps cooking for up to 8 hours while you're off living life. They're a bit exy but I see it as an investment. If you do a lot of soups and stews, in time it ought to pay for itself in the power you save, and the environment will thank you for it. Think of the difference it would make if everyone used one!

Not only that, but there is no chance of overcooking/scorching the food (which is what my slow cooker does because it runs a little hot), and more nutrients are retained.

So if you're interested or know people who might be, please direct them to the community I've set up here: http://community.livejournal.com/thermal_cooking/

(Really, please - because I'm sick of talking to myself about it and want some people to bounce ideas off!)

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musomuse
Jul. 23rd, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
came here frm brisneyland - I just bought a thermal cooker too! Have you seen this? http://thermalcooker.wordpress.com/category/recipes-all/
ursy_ten
Jul. 23rd, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
Hey thanks, I will check it out when I get a moment :)

Did you get your thermal cooker from the internets, or did you find one locally? I had a look at one in Market Square in Sunnybank but *WOW*, it was so expensive!

I ended up getting a couple from Ebay, it was much cheaper.
musomuse
Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)
I brought it back from Singapore - 5l pot (2 tiers) for $99! How much was the Sunnybank one going for? But mine isn't the Shuttle Chef, but a Korean brand. Works just as well..
ursy_ten
Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
Oooh my Dad's from S'pore. I've been there a few times, I LOVE it there!

The Sunnybank ones were Tiger brand and started at $300 for a small one. It was totally ridiculous!
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