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'Hay box' cooking

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Puffin3 Feb 12, 2013 05:31 AM

Last night we watched a show from Britain called (I think) 'War time farm' recreating what life was like for people during WW11 in Britain. One segment showed the woman of the house bringing a stew up to a boil on the little paraffin stove Then she carefully put the big pot (lid on) in a box with hay packed in it. Then covered the pot with a pillow case full of hay. After a few hours the stew was cooked. Pretty good way to save fuel back then.

  1. ursy_ten Feb 12, 2013 06:42 AM

    Yes, it's really cool stuff, especially these days where so many are trying to conserve energy.

    I made a post about a modern equivalent a few years ago
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/710290

    There are so many things I absolutely love about this method!

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      Transplant_DK Feb 12, 2013 06:50 AM

      I actually have several Danish cookbooks that recommend using a "høkasse" (hay box) to make rice porridge, which can easily burn or stick when made on the stove. Or else they recommend putting the covered pot at the food of the bed, under the down comforter so you can keep your feet warm while your porridge gets ready for breakfast!

      I often make stews on the stove and then set them on top of my wood stove to simmer all day long. It's cast iron, so works beautifully. I do have a crockpot, but this works just as well when I've got a fire going anyway!

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