We all know the simplest ideas are usually the best. Unfortunately, figuring out what’s simple (and best) isn’t always so simple. After a long road, I’ve finally found the simplest, cheapest and best container for making bread in a Wonder Oven. If you’ve already read the step by step “how to” of making bread in a wonder oven (over in this post), knowing this item is out there will save you a lot of hassle. After all I’ve spent in both time and money figuring it out, it seemed worthy of a post to save others the same trouble.
I’ve been making bread in my Wonder Oven for more than three years now. From the first time I learned how I was hooked by how easy and preparedness-plan friendly it was. Like many of you, I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen! The only problem was with the container issue. The juice cans were just that… juice cans. They worked but unfortunately they rusted after being used just a few times. So the search began for a better container: it had to be metal (for the heat involved) and couldn’t include plastic. In shopping around (in gas alone) I probably could have titled this post “my $200 lesson” for how many stores I visited looking for a container that met these two requirements.
Finally, I came across something that would work: an asparagus steamer. It was sturdy, made for years of use and the best container I’d found, with a lid to boot. I was ecstatic! It was $30 dollars (on clearance), a little more than I wanted to spend but I went ahead and picked it up anyway. The only problem, realized once I got home, was that it was taller than the pot I had for it to fit inside and required finding another bigger pot. The canning style stock pots didn’t work (they were too big to fit into the Wonder Oven) and so again I had to go shopping. Finally I found a bigger pot that worked (an All Clad 12 quart pot with steamer basket)…at $150.00. It took a lot of hemming and hawing but finally my mother in law assured me I wouldn’t regret it so I bought it. It’s worked great and I’ve made a point not to think about how much I initially paid for it.
Fast forward to about a month ago. A helpful reader let me in on another much more affordable and all around better container option. This one’s short enough as not to require buying an additional pot and it’s inexpensive. This 3.5 quart Bain Marie pot (with a lid) was a $15 purchase at a restaurant supply store (a 2 quart version can be found here on Amazon) and works just beautifully.