Jill's How To
Cosy Cooker Stitched Up
The hot food insulation blanket — it’s an old idea but a goodie, says Jill Redwood, of Goongerah, Victoria.
Remember granny’s teapot cosy? What a beautifully simple concept: a little woolly coat specially crafted to keep the household teapot warm for ages. Not many people make tea in a pot these days let alone use a cosy, but let’s recycle the idea. Why not make our cooking pots a super insulated cosy? Hey presto — an instant slow-cooker.
There’s no need for a big, expensive store-bought crock pot that consumes fossil energy and takes up loads of cupboard space. A rather humble but effective enviro-version can even be made from recycled material and when not in use can be folded and put away.
A well-insulated soup pot cosy can halve your kitchen’s energy bill. It also delivers a one-pot meal cooked to perfection and full of flavour between two and six hours later.
I used to cook one-pot meals in a hay box cooker, like those used in the days of yore. These were boxes stuffed with hay as insulation.