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Hay slow cooker

March 18th, 2010 at 03:47 pm

Just ran across something that I thought some of you may find interesting.

5 Responses to “Hay slow cooker”

  1. snshijuptr Says:

    Neat! Though I'd have to go find some hay. (City Girl)

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I'm glad some people are recording some of these old timey skills for us! Similarly, I tried overnight Thermos cooking of bulghur and barley. One shot of boiling water poured in with the grain and wake up to hot breakfast next morning. Guess it works for any grain. Conserves both fuel and water as no water is lost to steam as would happen in a lidded pot on the stove.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    P.S. I bet a set up like that is great for making yogurt, too. I used to wrap a pot in about six towels to keep it warm for yogurt until my son took pity on me and bought me an electric warmer. I'll have to try and ask my Afghani friend how she warmed yogurt, especially in winter, back in A'stan. Fuel can be very short there. I bet she did something like this....Ya got me thinkin', BA. Smile

  4. baselle Says:

    Ah, a version of the hay box, which is what you think it is - a wood box stuffed with hay or straw. (Stuffed is key - hay is a great insulator, you don't want a lot of air to cool down your pot)

    The cushions stuffed with hay are a nice sanitary touch - the setups I've seen wrap the food/pot with a clean cloth and stick it in the dusty hay. One note about the article - hay boxes have been around way, way longer than the 1900s. Think Middle Ages and Ivan the Terrible's Russia.

    If you need to find some hay, I think I can arrange that. Big Grin

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    Interesting! Learn something new. Thanks for sharing.

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