Yesterday I mixed up a small batch of no knead bread to try to bake in my thermal cooker. I followed a recipe on a thermal cooking blog. I let the bread rise and placed it in an empty wax cereal liner and placed it in the pot. I put water in the bottom pot and boiled for 10 min. I then placed the boiled water and the bread in the thermal cooker and went to bed. This morning the bread was only half cooked. I think I should have boiled it longer.
Last night I soaked beans for baked beans today. I love Yolanda's baked bean recipe as do all my family. This morning I added all the ingredients for baked beans after I had rinsed the beans a few times. I then boiled the beans on the stove. This time I poured boiling water in the thermal pot while I was boiling the beans. I boiled the beans for about 15 min. Then I poured out the hot water and placed the beans in their pot into the thermal cooker and quickly shut the lid.
At about 4:00 pm I will check the beans and if they are not done I will boil them on the stove for a bit. Once I figure out how to use this thermal pot it should be a good addition to my low fuel arsenal.
I have yet to try solar cooking again but I did buy some turkey bags. That way when I am in the mood to try it I have what I need on hand.
Last week I also bought 16 fireproof bricks to build a 16 brick rocket stove. I need to figure out where I want to put it and build it and try cooking on it as well.
We have a propane stove here in the RV as well as a fairly large toaster oven to cook with. I am trying to learn methods of cooking that use less fuel because we are spending $22.00 per month on propane. I know that is not bad but I would like to learn to use as little fuel as possible. You never know when you will need to know this type of skill.