The Benefits of Slow Cooking

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Benefits? Yes, there are more than I realized when I began researching this blog post.

General Benefits of Slow Cooking

  • We all know that a slow cooker or crock pot uses less electricity than turning on the oven or simmering something (like my grandmother’s spaghetti sauce) for hours. A Wonderbag uses even less electricity.
  • Slow cooking can save you money by tenderizing less expensive cuts of meat.
  • Brings out the natural flavors of foods
  • Slow cooking requires less prep and clean up time (so you can have more fun).
  • A slow cooker will keep foods hot and fresh longer so that family members who may eat at different times.

Health Benefits of Slow Cooking

Slow cooking is one of the healthiest ways to cook.

  • There is less need to add additional seasonings because natural flavors are retained (less sodium needed).
  • Natural juices are retained in the slow cooking process, hence, nutrients remain more stable.
  • Tough and difficult to digest vegetables (for instance, root vegetables) are softened, making them easier to digest. For some people this is a concern.
  • Slow cooking reduces cell damaging compounds called AGEs (advanced glycation end products) by 50%. These are found in meats and have been linked to inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes, vascular and kidney disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Additional Benefits of a Wonderbag

Wonderbags not only save natural resources, but SAVE LIVES too. The following statistics were available at the time of this writing from wonderbag.org.

Just 1 Wonderbag used for a year can reduce carbon emissions by 1 ton, save 1.7 trees, conserve 1,000 liters of cooking water, reduce indoor air pollution by 60% and give back almost 1500 hours of precious time.

Also, when you buy a Wonderbag through Amazon in the United States (don’t know about other countries) you are giving a Wonderbag to a family in need.

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16 thoughts on “The Benefits of Slow Cooking”

  1. Gracen says:

    Hi Suzanne, this is a wonderful article I must say. I always get fascinated with article that has to do with health issues.   Reading through your article, I was amazed to see the numerous benefits of slow cooking. Not only does it use less electricity, it brings out natural flavours of foods and keeps the food hot and fresh for a longer time.

    I particularly love the fact that it reduces cell damaging compounds known as AGEs. Thanks for a wonderful article.

  2. Adamuts says:

    I absolutely love what I read in this insightful article because it is full of great information. This is fascinating and interesting to me. Slow cooking is much more okay and good than fast cooking. It’s a benefits to the family staying healthy and also a great advantage for the usage of the electricity. 

    Do you think this method of slow cooking can be adapt by everyone? Thanks for this educative and insightful post. Regards 

    1. admin says:

      I think anyone can use a Wonderbag.  All that is needed is a good pot that has a well-fitting lid and will retain heat.  And a Wonderbag is actually less expensive to buy than some slow cookers that use electricity.

  3. Louis says:

    Prior to reading this post,i did not know something like a wonder bag existed. I  am well acquainted with the slow cooker, and it’s benefits but, the wonder bag is a mystery to me

    From your description, this bag can go a long way in revolutionizing the way we cook, and help especially those in rural areas. I would like to know how this bag functions, what does it use for fuel?

  4. Joshuam99 says:

    Hello! (:

    I enjoyed reading through your website. I think that your content about slow cooking is informative, but I usually don’t cook. Most of the time I will eat raw food since I am a vegan, but if I do cook I will eat slow cooked food. What do you think about eating raw, vegan food? When I went vegan, I learned about how food can retain all nutrients when eaten raw. 

    But I thought your information was helpful to me in learning more about this topic. Thank you.

    All the best, 

    Joshua

    1. admin says:

      I don’t see myself becoming vegan because I like to cook.  However, most of my meals are vegetarian or chicken or fish – not much of a beef eater.  I like most of my fruit raw (apples, pineapple, berries . . .) and some vegetables, like carrot sticks.

      As a vegan, you are probably getting more nutrients than me.

  5. Nuttanee says:

    Hi Suzanne,

    I love slow cooking, it is so easy and reduce prep time and cleaning time. The best part is that I look like a caring wife without any effort lol What is Wonderbag? This is the first time that I heard about the product. Is it a slow cooker? How does it operate? If you don’t mind can you please tell me more? I would love to learn about the product. I would love to help out the family in need as well. Thank you in advance.

    1. admin says:

      A Wonderbag is an insulated bag that will do the same as a slow cooker without electricity.  To use one successfully you will need a good pot with a well-fitting lid and that will retain heat.  I use an enamel coated cast iron pot.

  6. Dee Tran says:

    Wow…all this time, i thought slow cooking was something to do when i’m rushing out the door in the morning to save time when i get back late from work in the evening. I didn’t know there were tons of natural benefits to slow cooking. Thank you so much for sharing this info and these wonderful recipes.

  7. Lindsay says:

    Wow! I have never heard of these – I had to follow your link to see how it worked – that’s amazing! This is a fantastic idea and I love that buying one gives one to a family in need – I get your point about cooking on an open fire and these are awesome to save energy and pollution too. Thank you so much for introducing me to this amazing product – I think it would great to take away camping!

  8. This sounds like an incredibly cool product! I’ve never seen a portable slow cooker before, and its awesome to see the environment -friendly aspects of the cooker as well. I’ll be checking this out for myself!

  9. Effie says:

    I am not sure I understood how Wonderbag works. -by the way, I had no idea a product like this even existed. Correct me if I’m wrong: Your meals’ ingredients are put in the Wonderbag and then Wonderbag is placed in a pot with a well-fitting lid. Is the pot then placed on a heat source? How long does it take a meal to be cooked? Is it possible to cook a meal exposing the Wonderbag to sun heat? This seems an amazing product, Suzanne!

    1. Ingredients are put in a pot. Then pot is put in Wonderbag for anywhere from 2-6 hours to slow cook. I think you can put it in the sun because I have seen a couple on a boat using one.

    2. The food goes in a pot. Then the pot is put in the Wonderbag for 2-6 hours to slow cook.

  10. This is so neat! I have never heard of these until i read this article. I love my electric slow cooker but this sounds great, especially that it helps someone else in need. Thank you for this article!
    ** these would be good for camping and great as gifts also! Even

  11. Agnes says:

    Thanks for the article! I’m always interested when health issues are included so I was glad to hear slow cooking has health benefits. You are absolutely right that we should think about lessening the usage of water whenever possible! I must admit I haven’t thought about this correlation with life saving in a war torn country! Thanks for the important thoughts again! Of course – as I’m not a great cooker – less prep and cleaning up time seem to be of key importance to me!

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