This is not your mother’s crockpot
This is not my old crock pot either.
Here you will find some helpful information and recipes for your Wonderbag. You can also ask me questions that I will try to answer. I will add my own recipes that turn out well (hey, sometimes we all make mistakes in the kitchen). I’d love to hear your experience with your Wonderbag if you have one, so leave a comment.
If you have a non-electric slow cooker that you have made yourself I would love to hear about it. If you would like a Wonderbag you can buy one from Amazon and at the same time you will be donating a Wonderbag to a family in need of one.
My first experience.
I bought a Wonderbag through Amazon and it has turned into a valuable member of my kitchen. They come vacuum packed and the first one apparently had a bit too much air sucked out of it and would not puff up properly. I did exactly as the directions said – shook it out and laid it flat for an hour. That turned into more shaking out and it was laid out overnight. No, it did not puff up. So I started an online return (the easiest product return I have ever done anywhere) and had my new replacement Wonderbag quicker than Amazon got the first one back. The second one puffed up nicely and I have cooked in it with success.
Nice little cook booklet
There is a nice little cook booklet with some basic recipes to get you started. My first try was the Butternut Squash Soup. This recipe is very simple with a minimum of ingredients. I think I added some turmeric into the recipe (does not call for turmeric) because turmeric is so good for you and it seemed like a natural addition to this recipe. It was delicious. Myself and a coworker enjoyed our lunch the next day.
Some basic information you need to know
One thing I have learned is that you really need a pot that will retain heat and has a good-fitting lid. I bought a 5.5 quart pre-seasoned enamel lined cast iron pot with a good-fitting lid. (Link to my Wonderbag Review page which contains the link to this pot) This pot is perfect. Cast iron does retain heat very well, but it takes awhile to get it thoroughly heated. I suggest you cook the dish on low for a longer period with the lid on. You want not only the body of the pot to be hot but also the lid.
I line my Wonderbag with 2 old dish towels laid crosswise. If there are any spills, my hope is that the spill occurs on the dish towels and not my Wonderbag. The Wonderbag can be spot cleaned and can be put in a clothes dryer on very low, but I think I would just air dry mine if this happened.
Next I put a silicone pad on top of the dish towels. The silicone pad is important because I don’t want the very hot pot to ruin the bottom of my bag.
Sharing and saving lives
When you buy a Wonderbag in the US from Amazon (not sure about other countries) you will be giving a Wonderbag to a family in need. You will also be cutting down on the use of firewood and water because a pot of food will not have to be kept under a fire its entire cooking time. Water is not lost during the cooking process with a Wonderbag either. And household members will not have to venture out (sometimes for miles and in dangerous situations) to gather firewood. Mother Earth and her inhabitants will be grateful.
I will be adding Wonderbag recipes from my kitchen in the future, so please check back with me. If you would like to add a comment or ask a question, please do. Please share a favorite recipe that you cook in your Wonderbag.
You can also go to wonderbag.org if you would like to learn more. It has been my experience that respond very quickly.
Do you have a tip or information you feel we should know?
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Happy cooking and I hope to hear from you soon.