O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Psalms 43:3

And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. D&C 88:118

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

New Toy! Meet my new thermal cooker

I am so excited. I just got a Saratoga Jacks thermal cooker… and the other day was going to be busy. I made dinner at 10am… Veggie and bean curry soup and rice. Tiger helped me with a few photos. 

  Marisa's ipod 528 

A thermal cooker is kind of like a crock pot except you bring the food to a boil for a couple minutes and then take the pots off the heat and place them inside an insulated container to allow the latent heat to cook the food slowly over the next several hours. I know it is possible to do stuff like make steamed bread and other dishes but for now I only know how to do soupy things and rice…

First I chopped up some veggies and added the curry powder. I sautéed the veggies right in the pot that would be in the thermal cooker. Plus one for the thermal cooker and minus one for the Crockpot!

Marisa's ipod 515Marisa's ipod 525Marisa's ipod 524

After sautéing the veggies and curry powder, I added water and brought the pot to a boil. Meanwhile I put rice and water into the smaller pot that fits inside the top pot.     Marisa's ipod 519   Marisa's ipod 522

Here are both pots coming to a boil on the stove…Marisa's ipod 526 

After boiling 2 minutes (vegetarian dish) then stack the pots, slip them into the thermal insulator, close the lid and dinner is done! Marisa's ipod 527

Dinner turned out fabulous. When we opened the cooker up, I added some lemon juice and coconut milk to the soup. The soup was the perfect eating temperature- hot but not too hot and the rice was done to perfection. I think I might have to make a giant pot of rice to pack into smaller portions it turned out so well!

Tonight’s dinner was in the cooker by 9:30. Lentils and veggies and rice. We will top with salsa and I will make some vegan veggie based cheesy sauce and spinach salad to add to it. Dinner should be on the table half an hour after we get home from church tonight!


  1. I just got mine tonight. I'm so excited to see that you've had good luck with this. Are you still using your thermal cooker?

  2. Yes I do use it. I posted baked potatoes and chili a couple of weeks ago. We had rice this evening for dinner in it. I love my cooker.

  3. What ratio of water to rice do you use?

  4. I typically do 2 1/2 cups rice to 4 cups water

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your vegan recipes and how to use the Thermal cooker!!!!