In the depression when times called for conserving and stretching a budget, people came up with ways to save on cooking fuel costs. By using an insulated hay box they were able to cut down on the cost of cooking and baking foods. Food was brought up to a boil or to a certain temperature and then placed into the hay box. The hay box was usually a wooden box and had lots of hay stuffed on all sides of the enclosed pan that maintained the temperature. This process of cooking worked to allow the food to retain the heat by using insulation.
Today there is even a better option to the hay box. The Wonder Oven uses two insulated cushions inside a plastic tub. The cushions are filled with polystyrene beads that are great at maintaining a constant temperature. This is how you can keep things hot or keep things cold.
Here are 10 quick reasons to have a Wonder Oven!
- Become self-sufficient in the event of an emergency
- Save and conserve on fuel
- Never burn your food
- Easy and efficient
- You can bake homemade bread
- Keep Ice Cream frozen on a hot summer day
- Make a gallon of yogurt overnight
- Cook oatmeal or hot cereal overnight for a hot breakfast in the morning
- Keep your kitchen cool in the hot summer months
- Spend only 5 – 20 minutes heating up the food prior to placement in the Wonder Oven
A Wonder Oven works as long as the cushion is not removed until the cooking time is completed, or valuable heat will be lost. It is best to use an appropriate sized cooking utensil to the amount of food. Another words, you do not want to cook a little food in a large pot. Large gaps of air space in your pan could cause food to not cook evenly.
When cooking anything like a roast or a whole chicken, make sure that there is liquid covering the meat and everything is brought to a boil. Both the liquid and the meat should reach the same temperature. Meat must be covered with liquid! The cooking time is 5-6 hours, or all day. It does not matter as the meat will never burn or dry out!
Examples of Cooking Times using the Wonder Oven:
- Whole Chicken – boiling time 20 minutes and Wonder Oven time 5-6 hours
- Steamed Bread – steaming time 10 minutes and Wonder Oven time 2 hours
- Pinto Beans – boiling time 15-20 minutes and Wonder Oven time 5 hours
- Oatmeal – boiling time 10 minutes and Wonder Oven time 1 hour or overnight
For more recipes and information about Wonder Ovens, please visit www.ecowonderoven.com .