Home Made Slow Cooker

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Introduction: Home Made Slow Cooker

About: I'm currently studying textile arts and volunteering for Teen Challenge. I'm a member of Hackerspace Adelaide where I work on textile, technology and recycling projects.

What you need

pot without a long handle
box or esky
large thick woolen blanket
smaller blanket or towel
food to cook

Step 1: How It Works

Bring food in pot to the boil on the stove and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes

Step 2:

Take pot straight from stove, don't let it cool down.  Put towel or thin woolen blanket in bottom of box or esky, put pot into esky.

Step 3:

Put thick woolen blanket over pot in esky and push down around pot.

Step 4:

Cover with a box or piece of cardboard to act as a lid.

Step 5:

Resist the urge to open and check on food for at least 6 hours.

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    3 Discussions

    Esky? That must be an Australian word. And to think, I've been incorrectly calling mine a "cooler" this whole time. ;-)

    As your instructable clearly demonstrates, this insulated box can also be used for keeping things warm.

    Maybe a better generic word is needed? Like thermbox, or something like that. I think Thermos(r) is already taken, as a trademark name, and also as a genericized trademark meaning, "insulated bottle". As things are now, everybody seems to have a different name for the thermbox. From the Wikipedia article titled "Cooler" :

    "In the United Kingdom the common name is a "cool-box". In the United States they are usually called a "cooler". In New Zealand they are generally called a "chilly bin", a generic trademark; the common Australian name of "Esky" is also a generic trademark."

    Nice variation on an old technique. They used to call this a "hay box," because the pot was surrounded by hay for insulation.

    Another variation, albeit for smaller portions, is to use a steel thermos bottle, preferably with a wide mouth. Fill it up with boiling contents, put the top on, then lay it on its side for a number of hours. Great for making a hot breakfast the night before. When you wake up it's still hot and completely cooked.

    1 reply

    Thanks for leaving a comment. I live in a city now so don't have such easy access to hay any more :-)

    I like the thermos idea!!

    kira0030