Pictured Above: Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker
In a previous article How to Prepare Dinner in Your RV While Going Down The Road, the author outlined how you could use a Crockpot to cook food in your RV while traveling to your next destination. Of course, if you are using a Crockpot while you are going down the road you must have it plugged into electric to keep it cooking and that requires that you either run your generator or plug it into a Power Inverter, if your RV is equipped with one.
There is also another more energy efficient way of cooking meals while traveling down the road in your RV and that is cooking the food in a Thermal Cooker. Unlike a Crockpot a Thermal Cooker has a separate pot you put your ingredients in with enough liquid to cover all the ingredients. Once you have all your ingredients in you simply put that pot on an electric, gas, propane or butane stove and bring it to a full boil for 4 or 5 minutes. By the way it will also work on a campfire.
When you are done boiling the ingredients, you put the lid on the pot and place the whole pot in its insulated container. Once the pot is in the insulated container it will continue to cook your and keep it hot for up to 8 hours.
Look at the video below by Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cookers (pictured above) to learn the energy savings advantages of Thermal Cooking.
OK now that we know a little more about the advantages of a Thermal Cooker, let’s walk through a simple Pot Roast Recipe that you can cook with a Thermal Cooker. Put the cooking pot on the stove and add some Olive Oil to the pot and turn the stove on, once the oil is hot go ahead and toss in the meat and start browning it. You should also throw in some minced or sliced onions and garlic and any spices or seasonings you want to add during the browning process. When you are finished browning turn the stove off and start adding the other ingredients to the pot such as Potatoes, Carrots, etc.
Now you should fill up the pot with water and make sure that all the ingredients are completely covered by the water. This would also be a good time to add any other spices or even some gravy packets into the mix. Turn the stove on high and bring the pot to a full boil and let it boil for 4 or 5 minutes.
After boiling put the lid on the pot and immediately place the pot into its insulated container and close and seal it up. All you need do now is find a secure location in the RV to put the Thermal Cooker in and head on down the road and once you arrive at your next destination, you will have a fully cooked Pot Roast.
For even more detailed directions on making a Pot Roast you should look at the Video below from Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cookers.
So, as you can see thermal cooking is a very energy efficient way to cook most anything that can be cooked in a Crockpot.
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