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Does the Wonderbag work?

Wonderbag in action!

Wonderbag in action!

Last week I shared the story of my Crock-Pot shooting out sparks that almost caught my hair on fire. I immediately dumped it in the trash and ordered a Wonderbag.


Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker with Recipe Cookbook, Red Batik

It’s been lots of dinners since then, and I’m ready to report. Does the Wonderbag work? Yes, definitely–but there is a learning curve.

Last night's dinner, chicken and apricot stew.

Last night’s dinner, chicken and apricot stew.

With a Crock-Pot you can dump a bunch of raw ingredients in, walk away and come back to a cooked dinner. With a Wonderbag, you need to start your pot on the stove, bring it to boiling, and then bag it all up.

Last night's dinner, chicken and apricot stew.

It’s better to Wonderbag with a full pot.

Here are some tricks I’ve learned:

  • It’s better to Wonderbag with a full pot. And yeah, I used “Wonderbag” as a verb. 😉
  • With my Le Creuset pot, I start heating up the pan and olive oil while I’m still chopping vegetables. That makes it all go faster.
  • It’s easier to use canned beans instead of dried beans.
  • Soaking lentils overnight helps.
  • The fastest way to make steel cut oats? Soak them overnight, boil them five minutes in the morning, and then Wonderbag them for 20 minutes.
  • The Wonderbag is great for making yogurt. It helps keep the pot at the right temperature overnight.
  • The Wonderbag website has a lot of great recipes, but they are often written for UK English speakers instead of American chefs. Egad! The metric system!!!

If you are interested in finding out more about Wonderbag and their mission to save the environment and help women all over the world (seriously!), then please check out their website.

In the meantime, if you are a Pinterest person, I’m making a new board: Wonderbag should be a verb.