Wonderbag Slow Cooker Uses No Gas Or Electricity

Slow cookers are awesome -- just drop a bunch of ingredients on a pot, go to work, and come home with a cooked meal waiting for you.  However, consuming power an entire day just doesn't seem like all that great if there's another option.  Well, there is and it's called the Wonderbag.

Instead of relying on a power source for heating your food, the pillow-like sack takes on a more passive approach.  Just heat your pot of food on a cooktop until it boils, remove it and entomb the whole thing inside the bag -- it will use the heat from the pot to simmer and stew the food for the duration of its stay.

Looking more like a big round pillow than a kitchen appliance, the Wonderbag uses heat-retention to keep the food cooking without having to plug in to a wall outlet.  Not only is this an eco-friendlier option than using an electric slow cooker, it's a heck of a lot safer than leaving the pot in low fire over a stovetop for the entire day, too.  Plus, having the pot inside a bag means you can put the whole thing in the car -- perfect for attending a potluck dinner after work without having to pass by the house.  The bag measures 40 cm tall with a 50 cm diameter, which means you can use it as a decent-sized emergency sack when you need the extra storage.

You can get the Wonderbag Eco Slow Cooker in one of three colorways, priced at £79.99.

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5 Responses

  1. Dave

    Its a haybox.

    People have been using them for centuries.

    No way is it worth £80.00

  2. Chris

    The applications of this tech in sleeping bags and clothing are interesting. I wonder if that’s actually where it originates.

  3. Wonderbag

    Yes the Wonderbag works on the same principles as a haybox and other insulation cooking methods. This product is made in South Africa and is a mobile and modern version made with recycled insulation material.
    The £80 price includes postage (it is quite bulky), and the donation of a bag to a family in need in Africa. The bags are also imported from South Africa where they have been made – providing much needed jobs and income. When you understand the benefits of using a Wonderbag – both socially and environmentally (see the website) I hope you will agree it is worth the price – and the flavours from a slowly cooked meal speak for themselves.

  4. Anne

    Yes, Diane, you can. I bought one about three years ago and use it mainly for rice and pulses, but I have cooked stews with meat and even chicken like this. It’s important to get everything to boiling point before you put it into the Wonderbag. It’s a great product – and the company does everything it says it does (ie donates a bag for every one purchased).


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