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Offline smittymojoe

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Thermos Bottle Recipes
« on: February 14, 2009, 08:11:55 AM »
I've been searching for ways to save a little bit of money, one way that MIGHT be useful is cooking foods in a Thermos type bottle. Conventional cooking times for the items listed below range from several minutes to maybe a couple of hours for the beans. With thermos cooking the total cooking time is certainly not shortened but the energy used is cut. The concept of Thermos cooking is to use the retained heat energy in the bottle to cook the food over a longer period of time.

Some of these recipes make more sense than others. Take for example the Tuna A' La King recipe, for the time it takes to get the cup and half of water boiling you might as well keep cooking for another few minutes to finish the recipe on the stove top. Not much savings in this recipe. However the bean recipe might save you some money as the stove top cooking time for beans is about one and a half hours. 

I have to admit that I haven't tried any of these recipes, but tonight I'm going to try to cook some beans in the Thermos. If it works out, this would be a great way to be able to cook a single serving of beans without having to cook a big pot which is the usual method in our house.


Thermos Tuna A' La King
4 T. dry milk powder
2/3 c. elbow macaroni
dash salt
1-1/2 c. boiling water
Put all ingredients into a 1 qt. thermos that has been heated with additional boiling water (and dumped out). Stir, seal and tilt thermos for 15 minutes. Open and add:
6-1/2 oz. can tuna, undrained
1-4 t. chicken-flavored bouillon
1 t. parsley
Stir and eat. For a creamier dish, use only 1 c. boiling water and heated juice from drained tuna.
Serves 2. To make without a thermos, boil water and noodles 8 minutes, then add remaining ingredients and stir lightly. Cook 2 more minutes. [Note: If you happen to have some frozen peas, you can also add those.]

Steel Cut Oats in a Thermos
(This recipe will also work for multi-grain cereal.)
Fill your Thermos with very hot tap water, cover and let sit while you:
*Measure out your steel cut oats (aka Scottish/Irish oats, pin oats) and cold water into a small sauce pan.
For one serving use 1/4 c. steel cuts oats or multi-grain cereal.
1 cup water
pinch of salt
Bring the water with the cereal and salt in it to a boil, turn down the heat while you:
Empty your thermos of its hot tap water (put the hot water into a small plastic tub to wash the dishes) and pour the cooked oats into it, now that it's nice and hot.
Cover tightly and lay it on its side overnight. In the morning it will be ready to eat.

Thermos Noodle Soup
(source: Natural Meals in Minutes, by Rita Bingham)
1-1/2 c. dry spaghetti
2 c. boiling water
2 t. beef or vegetable bouillon
1 t. dry minced onion
1/2 t. parsley
Add all ingredients to 1 quart thermos that has been heated with additional boiling water. Seal and tilt jar for 15 minutes. This stays warm for 24 hours in a glass or metal thermos, so it can be made in the morning for lunch or dinner. Egg noodles would hold up better during longer "cooking" times.

Thermos Wheat
1/2 to 1 c. wheat (berries/kernels)
1 quart boiling water
Place the wheat into a thermos and add boiling water to the top. Place the lid on and lay it on it's side. The wheat is done in approximately 2 hours, but I usually start this before going to bed and let it sit overnight. Drain.
Cooked wheat berries can be eaten as a "cooked" breakfast cereal, added to bread recipes, added to soup or salads, etc..

Black Beans
3/4c. black beans yields approximately 2-1/4 c. "cooked" beans (a can of black beans measures approx. 1-2/3 c.)
Soak 3/4 cup black beans for 8 hours (or overnight). Drain soak water. Fill the thermos with hot tap water and allow to heat-up for 10 minutes. Drain hot water. Place beans in thermos and fill with boiling water. Place the cap and lid on the thermos and lay on it's side (cooks more evenly when distributed over a larger space than at the bottom of an up-right thermos). If you think about it, you can roll/shake the thermos several times during the day. Drain after 8-10 hours. If the beans aren't completely cooked, add more boiling water and allow to "cook" some more. CAUTION: remember beans expand to approximately 3X the dry amount, so don't over-fill your thermos.

Thermos Rice
1st of all wash the whole grain rice and let it toast in a dry skillet on a medium heat until golden brown (about 3-5 minutes) or until just before they start popping in the skillet. Then cook the rice immediately. Here’s the best procedure I’ve found to cook it from this point. Always 2 parts water to 1 part rice. While the water is coming to a boil with the rice already in the water, add your favorite spices and herbs. I add a small pinch of Cayenne Pepper, ¼ teaspoon of Basil, ¼ teaspoon of Thyme, ¼ teaspoon of Oregano with ¼ teaspoon of Sea Kelp for the salty taste we like to have in the recipe. Bring your water (with the rice included in the water) to a boil for 5 minutes, then immediately pour it into your Thermos Bottle and cap if off. Rice should be done in about 1.5 hours.

General Cooking Times
First number is boiling time, second is wrap/cap and wait times.
Thus, rice is 5m/1.5 hr. Five minutes cooking then in a thermos or covered pot for an hour and a half. Beef cubes 15m/4hr.
Chicken 8m/3h.
Beans 10m/3h.
Potatoes cubed 5m/2h.
Polenta 1m/1h. Squash 5m/2h.

Here is a few points to remember about Thermos cooking:
If cooking grains, use two parts water to one part grain – 2:1 water to grain ratio.
If cooking legumes, use three parts water to one-part beans, lentils, etc. – 3:1 ratio.
Don’t forget to add salt and/or sweetener to taste, plus any other ingredients that add flavor. Bullion, TVP, dehydrated onions, herbs, and spices are going to cook right along with the main ingredients.

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Re: Thermos Bottle Recipes
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2009, 01:38:51 PM »
Nice!  I'm sure this can come in handy for some people.  It'll really cut down cooking times on alot of things.

I'd recommend insulated food containers rather than the thermos bottles simply because of the design of the bottle with a very narrow neck.  Cleanup would be difficult.
Here's a link to an insulated food jar from Thermos...


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Re: Thermos Bottle Recipes
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2009, 02:32:07 PM »
Those are some great recipes. I have a new 64 oz thermos bought from Sears(btw on sale 9.99) and will try the oatmeal tomorrow morning. Thanks!!
Chris @ growville

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Re: Thermos Bottle Recipes
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2009, 02:54:01 PM »
Awesome on the oats!

I love this oatmeal, but don't always make the time in the morning to cook them. I will try this tonight!


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Re: Thermos Bottle Recipes
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2009, 02:54:35 PM »
 I use the wide mouth steel core Stanley Thermos. Its easier to clean. It is in my BOB.  Boil some water, look at your maps, make a plan and move out. On the way you have a hot meal that doesn't require you to stop long at all. I cook those pre packaged rice dishes like chicken and rice that come in the little pouches. They are light, easy to carry and prepare.  I recommend some kind of brush like a bottle brush for cleaning it in the field. I love mine. I use it a lot.


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Re: Thermos Bottle Recipes
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2009, 04:19:12 PM »
The following recipes are based on an Ayurvedic diet. They were taken from this page, which also includes some good background information.

Thermos Lunch

1/4 cup split mung dahl beans
1/4 cup basmati rice
1/2 cup fresh chopped vegetables such as zucchini, carrots, broccoli
1 teaspoon vata or pitta churna
2 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon ghee

Heat ghee in a frying pan. Add churna and vegetables and sauté for several minutes. Add the rice and dahl and stir. Add the boiling water and cook only for a few minutes. Pour everything in a stainless steel thermos and close lid tightly. Keep closed for about 4 hours. It will be done cooking in the thermos by lunch-time.

Slow Cooker Lunch

1/4 cup split mung dahl or any bean that has been soaked overnight  such as aduki beans or kidney beans
1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup chopped vegetables
1 teaspoon vata or pitta churna
1 teaspoon ghee
3 cups of hot water
salt to taste

Place contents in slow cooker. Cook on high for 2 hours or cook on low for 4 hours.

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Re: Thermos Bottle Recipes
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2009, 07:01:27 AM »
I recommend some kind of brush like a bottle brush for cleaning it in the field. I love mine. I use it a lot.
Right on, good suggestion.  The thermos bottle is probably easier to carry than the jar anyway.  =-]

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Re: Thermos Bottle Recipes
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2009, 01:34:43 PM »
OK, I said I was going to try cooking pinto beans in my thermos so here's the steps I took and the results.

  • Soaked 3/4 cup of pinto beans for approximately 10 hours
  • Boil a pot of water, add half of the boiling water to the thermos to preheat it
  • Add the beans to the pot and continue to boil on the stove top for 10 minutes
  • Remove water from thermos and add boiling water and beans, seal thermos and let sit for 10 hours

After 10 hours the beans were what I'd call about half cooked. You could eat them but they were not very appetizing. So I poured the water into a small sauce pan, brought it to a boil and back into the thermos it went.
After another 8 hours in the thermos I went ahead and called them good enough and had them for supper.
Another boil cycle would have certainly helped but in a survival situation they would have been great!   

  I'm using a Stanley wide mouth steel thermos.

« Last Edit: February 16, 2009, 01:42:05 PM by smittymojoe »