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Have you heard of Wonderbags*? They are a type of thermal cooker, which is like a slow cooker, except you can’t plug them in. They use no energy! To use a Wonderbag you have to heat up and cook a pan of food first for a bit. The pan needs to be one with short handles as otherwise it wouldn’t fit into the bag. Then you place the hot pan on a trivet or heat proof mat, which you put inside the bag first (you provide the trivet and the pan). You put the cushion lid inside, pull the drawstring and then leave it to do it’s magic for a few hours!
How to make pasta sauce in a Wonderbag
I tested it out by making a use-it-up variation on my basic pasta sauce recipe . I made the basic recipe. Then I added in various chopped vegetables from my fridge that needed using up including some broccoli, courgette and carrots. To start with I cooked the sauce on my hob for around 30 minutes and made sure it was thoroughly heated through. Then I placed it in the Wonderbag on a wooden mat. Finally I left it for around 3 hours to continue slow cooking! Although the sauce would have been technically cooked before it went in the Wonderbag, slow cooking it, brings out the flavour in the tomato and makes the sauce much tastier. It came out great and after it had cooled down I portioned it out into containers to freeze and use another time!
More info about Wonderbags
I like the ethos behind the Wonderbag. For each bag bought some money is donated to the Wonderbag foundation to
‘support Wonderfeasts and subsidize Wonderbags to communities across the world’
The Wonderbag comes with a handy cookbook and guide to timings for how long different foods can be left in the bag.
You can also check out their website for recipes and information about how to use it here:
wonderbagworld.com . I’m looking forward to experimenting with it more and seeing what else I can make in it!
If you are thinking of buying one, make sure you get the right size for your pan. There are different sized bags.