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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.
<p>Esky? That must be an Australian word. And to think, I've been incorrectly calling mine a &quot;cooler&quot; this whole time. ;-)</p><p>As your instructable clearly demonstrates, this insulated box can also be used for keeping things warm.</p><p>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, &quot;insulated bottle&quot;. As things are now, everybody seems to have a different name for the thermbox. From the Wikipedia article titled &quot;Cooler&quot; :</p><blockquote>&quot;In the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom" rel="nofollow">United Kingdom</a> the common name is a &quot;cool-box&quot;. In the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States" rel="nofollow">United States</a> they are usually called a &quot;cooler&quot;. In <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand" rel="nofollow">New Zealand</a> they are generally called a &quot;chilly bin&quot;, a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generic_trademark" rel="nofollow">generic trademark</a>; the common <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia" rel="nofollow">Australian</a> name of &quot;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esky" rel="nofollow">Esky</a>&quot; is also a generic trademark.&quot;</blockquote>
Nice variation on an old technique. They used to call this a &quot;hay box,&quot; because the pot was surrounded by hay for insulation.<br><br>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.<br>
Thanks for leaving a comment. I live in a city now so don't have such easy access to hay any more :-)<br><br>I like the thermos idea!!<br><br>kira0030

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