Insulating Pot Containers - or how to save lots of fuel
Based on an idea by Rick Pargeter
|An insulating pack made for pots||An insulating pack made for freeze-dried packages||An insulating pack made from a blue camp mattress for large pots|
Dont laugh too hard. These are "prototypes'. I just haven't got around to building a finished product yet.
Insulating containers weigh almost nothing but can save a large amount of fuel. With the exception of plain rice, most foods will continue to cook long after being taken off the stove. Insulating the pot or bag can help this process along and keep the food nice and hot.
If a recipe says to reduce and simmer for x amount of minutes, simply take the pot off the stove and stick it into an insulating pack for that same amount of time. Pastas are a good example. Add the requisite amount of pasta to cold water. Heat until boiling. Take the pot off of the stove and put in a insulating pack. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Perfect. 7 minutes of fuel saved.
For those of us that solo and eat right out of the pot, leave the pot in the insulating pack to save on burned or hot hands and fingers.
Insulating cozies can be made from the end of an old blue foam mattress. I also use an aluminum-backed bubble insulation that I got from my local building supply company.