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Smart Cooker from blankets

The Smart Cooker is a super-smart way to save electricity when cooking. And the best thing about it: it costs nothing! How it works? If you wrap your hot pot in blankets, the pot stays hot and slowly cooks your food.

Done in 5 Minutes
Skill level easy

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What you need

How you make it

Bring your food to boil in the metal pot

Bring a pot with food to the boil on your stove or on a fire. It is important that the pot is full.

Let the food simmer for the time needed

Meat: 20 minutes

Chicken on the bone: 15 minutes

Vegetables: 5 minutes

Rice (white or brown): 2 minutes on stove

Beans or samp: 20 minutes

Put blankets/towels in your tub

Important that you do not burn the plastic.

Put the pot with lid in blankets/towels in your tub

Put the hot pot with a lid in the tub.

Wrap the pot tightly
Wrap the pot tightly

Wrap the pot very tightly with the blankets/towels/pillows.

Caution: do not put the hot pot directly in the plastic tub. It might melt.

Let your food cook slowly in the blankets

The pot stays hot for many hours in the blankets and cooks your food without any electricity at all.

Meat: 3 hours in blankets

Chicken on the bone: 2-3 hours in blankets

Vegetables: 1 hour in blankets

Rice (white or brown): 1 hour in blankets

Beans or samp 20 minutes: 3-4 hours in blankets

Do not open the pot during the time because then it stops cooking. You do not need to stir - it cannot burn. There is no problem if your food stays wrapped up like this all day. For example, you can prepare everything in the morning, wrap the hot pot and when you come back in the afternoon the food is ready.

Eat and enjoy.


Cooking times in this instruction are taken from the City of Cape Town Smart Cooking and Home Safety Guide. Find more relevant information here.

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