Towel box cooking. Wrapped in a series of old towels, the hot pot is insulated and continues cooking and hot until lunchtime. Towel box cooking continues to make meals without further input of energy after first bringing the food to the boil. With only a few minutes cooking on the stove, lunch will be hot and ready waiting for you at the end of the morning. Today I cooked some brown Jasmine rice. Other times I have cooked one pot meals of rice and lentils and vegetables.
The best pot has a heavy base and a snug fitting lid. The water gets fully absorbed by the rice, and it is ready to eat when opened. The enamel pot I used today was not the best pot for the job, it has not got a heavy base to stay hot. Also the lid just sat on, and steam escaped and was absorbed by the towels. Some water remained sitting in the bottom of the pot, unabsorbed . Oh well, another 5 minutes boiling just before serving fixed the problem!
Hay boxes, wonderpots, towel boxes…they all use insulation to continue cooking the food using the energy put in at the start of the cooking time. We can be creative in how we prepare our food. We can achieve the same outcome of well cooked tasty food, and use a lot less energy.