A couple of weeks ago I was asked by a couple of you whether there was another way to cook meat in a wonder oven other than the plastic bag method I originally posted here.
I’m SO glad for the question because it caused me to look at things in a different way which now has gotten me thinking about other directions this style of cooking can be taken! Plus, going forward it’s going to save me supplies and money since the improved container (at least the one I’m going to be using from now on) negates the need for me to buy bags anymore. (Yay!!) More on that in a minute. Continue reading
We all know wonder ovens keep things hot for extended periods of time, however it’s useful to know they also keep things cool, even frozen in the very same way!
As an example of this, last summer our family took a road trip at which at one point – going from point “A” to point “B”– we knew we were going to be arriving to a family reunion the very same night our family had been assigned to make dinner for the group. We wouldn’t have time to visit a store, so before leaving we picked up frozen hamburger patties and packed them in the wonder oven to travel with us. Once we’d arrived and were ready to make dinner, a full 12 hours later, we pulled the hamburger patties from the wonder oven to use and they were still rock hard frozen. Of course we gathered a group from the family together (those kind enough to indulge me in my thrill of all things wonder oven) and oohed and ahhed at the “wow” of these pillows!!
Keep Frozen Foods Frozen
For this reason, having a wonder oven is extremely useful for many reasons. If you’re freezer went out for whatever reason, you could save some of your food from perishing by simply bundling it up in your wonder oven pillows. The more pillows you have on hand, the more food you could save!
In keeping things frozen, another use for them is to keep either a set of pillows with it’s container (if you have room) or just a single pillow –with a way to secure it around your food– in the back end of your vehicle to keep ice cream and frozen foods frozen on your way home from the grocery store. Here in TX, everyone knows ice cream is the last item you buy when grocery shopping, just to be able to get it home before it melts! With a wonder oven pillow on hand, you don’t have to worry — you can even go run a few errands afterward — the ice cream will stay frozen.
Keep Cold Foods Cold
Another application, one that I use a lot, is in using my wonder oven pillows (here in the Texas heat) to keep things cool. Simply by wrapping up the food in one of the pillows, keeping the food surrounded by the insulating beads within the pillow, foods such as lunch meats and cheese can be kept cool for hours (all day if needed) for picnics, etc. It’s so easy and it doesn’t even require a container! Continue reading
I know for myself how critical owning a Wonder Oven is to being able to cook with your food storage. There’s no tool out there to compare it to. The conservation of fuel saved by using a wonder oven — worst case scenerio — could be what literally saves your family from running out of fuel (and starving) before running out of the food you have stored.
Because I believe having a wonder oven is so important, and because there aren’t nearly enough people who have access to one, I took on a bigger than normal project this summer. The problem I believe isn’t that people don’t want to try it, it’s that the pillows themselves are hard to come by. From their specialized beads to their abnormally angled pattern they’re admittedly a hassle for the average person to make. On the other hand, buying them pre-made costs between $50-$60 dollars, money that many are skeptical to spend on a couple of bean bag pillows that are somehow supposed to cook your food (something they’ve never actually seen work before). Knowing first hand all the AMAZING things you can make with a wonder oven , I realized something had to be done to get more of these marvelous tools out there!!
So … I decided to give you an opportunity you’ll never see again. I have 58 wonder oven sets that now need good homes.
*** THIS DEAL IS SOLD OUT. Do email me (address: firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re interested in receiving a pattern to make one yourself.*** Continue reading
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So what do you do in the summer time? Get busy making Wonder Ovens!!
As those of you who’ve tried know, the hardest part of making a Wonder Oven is finding the beads
. This week I heard back from someone having trouble finding the beads for a reasonable price (esp. shipping) for where they live, using the ideas I shared here
. I’m so glad she reached out because thanks to her another option was discovered. If it’s successful for you — or on the other hand, if there are any troubles that arise — leave a comment so we’ll know for the future. Continue reading
Print the recipe page! spaghetti pie
Adapted for food storage from this Mel’s Kitchen recipe, which she says happens to be her family’s favorite dinner, this one’s a sure “kid and family” pleaser. The recipe calls for 4 oz “1/3 less fat” cream cheese, which cooperates perfectly with our pantry-made cream cheese recipe! If making 100% with food storage and trying to cook the Spaghetti Pie in a sun oven (mid morning is best), consider making the cream cheese the night before, (allowing it to strain overnight) so it’s ready to go in the morning.
Print the recipe card! chicken barley soup
I’ve got some great “tried and taste tested” content coming up in the next two weeks! It’s a little different than my “norm” recipe schedule, here there and everywhere (haha!) but I think you’ll like it.
First off, in my second post this week I’ll be posting a compilation of various grocery store ingredient taste tests. Basically a directory of which brands (of which products) to consider more closely as you’re building your pantry. This comes as I’ve been collecting this information for a while, trolling various published taste tests and adding up their results. My goal with this post has been to get a better picture of which brand’s products are worth stocking up on versus which ones aren’t.
Secondly, the “Soup in a Bag” reviews are back!! With the detail in each tester’s trial, I’ve decided to post them each independently M-W-F of next week. And, best of all, thanks to permission given from the book’s author, each post will include the tester’s favorite recipe for you to try yourself! Awesome!! Get ready to enjoy!
Speaking of soup, appropriately enough, swim team just started for my three oldest kids which means the water is freezing and I have kids coming home with blue lips and chattering teeth for the first few weeks. So you can guess what’s on the menu a lot lately. This homey soup is the food storage version of this recipe and went over well with everyone, even the five year old.
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