Thermal Cooker, The Magic Kitchen Helper

A go-to item for many households! But why?

It is a simple but powerful kitchen appliance which is cordless and portable. Think of it as a non-electric crockpot. A thermal cooker contains a detachable stainless steel pot that goes into a thermal outer pot. It uses vacuum insulation to trap heat from the inner steel pot and slow cooks the dish in the cooker. Simple as that! A thermal cooker is also known widely as the Magic Cooker and Wonder Cooker or the Self Cooking Pot.

Multiple Usage, One Cooker
With so many different functions, this is where you can bring and use your thermal cooker:

  • Family dinners
  • Caravanning
  • Campouts
  • Picnics
  • To the lake
  • Boating
  • Parties
  • Beach
  • Sports events
  • Amusement parks
  • And many more!

Is It That Good?
With the use of thermal cooking, flavors are slowly released and trapped in the insulated cooker. You can be reassured that your ingredients will not be burning but ensure that they encapsulate the full flavor.
The primary purpose of a thermal cooker is to cook with zero supervision and minimal power! This equals saving time, electricity and money. To fully maximize your thermal cooker, you should try applying these basic techniques:

  • Efficient cooking with fuller pot
    • With lesser air present as the pot is fuller, the pot can retain the temperature for a more extended period. Always check the manufacturer’s guidelines. 
  • Thaw frozen food
    • Always thaw the frozen ingredients for safety purposes. The food should be completely hot before transferring into the outer container.
  • Full boil before transferring
    • Bring the ingredients to a rapid boil before transferring to the outer container for slow cooking.
  • Speed
    • Be quick when transiting from the stove to the thermal cooker to minimise heat loss.
  • Avoid opening the cooker’s lid.
    • Don’t open the lid when not needed to prevent rapid heat loss.

Use and care of a Thermal Cooker
Here are a few simple steps to get you started with your thermal cooker.

  1. Prepare all the ingredients and put them in the inner pot of the cooker.
  2. Bring the inner pot to a boil on the stove and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  3. Off the heat from the stove and transfer the inner pot to the outer thermal ware and close the lid. Now, leave it to do the cooking!
Inner parts of a thermal cooker

Many are always tempted to cook with the outer pot on. Please DO NOT do it! Doing so will ruin the thermal cooker completely. Only the inner pot can be used for cooking over any cooktops. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions for more detailed information on using and caring for the thermal cooker as each thermal cooker varies. Some outer containers cannot be washed at all, and a damp cloth will be sufficient.

What size should I get? Is bigger better?
The bigger the thermal cooker is, the longer the food will stay warm with minimal heat loss. The only condition is that the cooker’s pot should be maximum 80% filled with food to prevent air from escaping. A typical 6 litres cooker retains heat for up to 10 hours, with 3 to 4°C of heat loss per hour. Ideally, the thermal cooker can also be used as a cooler since it retains temperature. Talk about two in one!


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