What truly intrigued me about this bag is the ease and portability. I’m always needing to take a dish somewhere. I not only want to keep it hot in transport, but who likes eating luke-warm dinners at potlucks? With the Wonderbag, I can start the meal, and it will continue to cook in the bag for a couple of hours. Not only did these features appeal to my practical side, the story behind the Wonderbag tugged at my heartstrings.
I can’t adequately tell the Wonderbag story. You should go here and read it for yourself, but in a nutshell the Wonderbag has made a huge difference in the lives of African women. It has revolutionized cooking and meal prep for these ladies and their families. It saves them time and money: the time they can dedicate to other necessary task, and the money saved is from fuel cost. Also Wonderbags are made in Africa, giving ladies a new source of income. For every Wonderbag purchased in the U.S., one is given to a woman in Africa.
The cost is $50, essentially the cost of a quality crock pot, and since I felt I was purchasing two (one for my African sister), I didn’t have a problem spending the money.
Cooking with it is a bit different. You must make sure that your food comes to a boil before placing it in the bag. A recipe book comes with it, and more recipes can be found on the Wonderbag website.
I selected the Hearty Chipotle Chili as my first recipe.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 medium red or green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chile pepper
- 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
- 1 can (15.5 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tub Knorr Homestyle Stock-Beef
Once you take your food out of the wonderbag, it won’t be burning hot like it is in a crock-pot. It will be warm and yummy.
I’m not sure what the next recipe I’ll try, but it will be in a couple of weeks, and I’ll let you know how that turns out.