Wednesday, November 11, 2015

On the plane

Yep this is on a plane - hot lunch!
hot and ready to eat
easy clean up

Thrive Life Freeze Dried ingredients :
Ground Beef
 + Tomato Sauce + Green Peas  + Noodles = 20 minutes hot lunch.
Healthy full of flavor and with a oven liner it's easy clean up (toss & clean).

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fire Arms Festival

Check out the Baro Cook at the 


Centennial Gun Club

Firearms Festival.
11800 E. Peakview Ave.
Centennial CO, 80111

Outside Community Event
Live Music

Tent Sale
Free Classes
Firearm & Silencer Demos
Firearms Manufacturers & Vendors
Pro Shooters
Bounce Houses
Face Painting
Community Vendors & Businesses
4-H Petting Zoo
Climbing Wall

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Leftovers in Georgia.

After a long busy day on your feet, a relaxing dinner at Carrabba's with friends was just perfect.  When considering the menu I choose a something that I could split, having leftovers to take for lunch the next day since there was a refrigerator in the hotel room. 

Here is my steak reheated in the Baro Cook, under the venue booth table. The trick is always timeing it so hopefully you get a few minute break to heat it up and then to eat it when it is still warm.

Look at that steam  roll.

Look at it sizzle, this is the 10oz Baro Cook. I like this size for my breakfast, leftovers, small 1 cup or less meals.

Lunch was: steak, bagel, and fruit (fresh cherries and Freeze Dried mix of Mango-Cherry-Strawberry-chocolate bits). Yep glad I skipped the hotdog vendor.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

I’ve put together quick meals

I've put together quick meals that can be made in 15 minutes or less. Have them ready to take and travel. I found that vacuum sealing them in a food saver bag and storing them in a bucket with a gamma lid works perfectly for me. Then when I am packing I just get into the bucket and decide which meals I need to take.
The concept behind these is similar to freezer cooking:
get most of the work done ahead of time,
so you can just pull out a meal and
with minimal prep have it ready to eat in a short time.

There are a few benefits to these meals
as opposed to freezer meals: 
(1) They don't have to be kept in the freezer because they are shelf stable!
(2) They are shelf stable for at least a year
when you use an O2 absorber or vacuum seal it.

(3)  There is very little prep time to put the meals together
originally since all your freeze dried veggies / meat are
prepped for you (plus, they are super healthy)!

You can "forget" about dinner all day and then have a meal on the table in 15 minutes using these meals.

NO Chopping, Peeling or precooking for this!

The same recipes are great Meal in a Jar dinners, just adjust the amount for a Pint Jar or Quart Jar.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Creamy Roast Beef & Corn

Creamy Roast Beef & Corn

I made this for the 10oz Baro. as a light lunch for 1.
You can do it for the larger one just adjust the ingredients.

(used the spoork because it is all I had - it is approx 2 tsp)

Take the bowl out of the black plastic now, in the 10oz Baro it is tight and it is hard to remove the bowl after you have the food in it without spilling, or at least for me it is.  :)

Put liner in the bowl, then add meal and water to rehydrate it.

Creamy Roast Beef & Corn ****
2 spoons of Creamy White Sauce
2-4 spoons of Roast Beef FD
2-4 spoons of Sweet Corn FD
Let rehydrate in 4 Tablespoons water for 5 min or so.

Ready to cook?  Add 4 Tablespoons water to the heat pack., 
Lock on the lid and let it cook!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Epic Fail ;( Dessert in Baro Cook

Epic Fail ;( Dessert in Baro Cook

So I make a dessert pack to try in the Baro. It had Chocolate Chips with peanut flour and sugar cookie mix. - Aiming for Chocolate Peanut butter Sugar cook in a pan.
Not putting on my readers is dangerous ~ I put too much water in the mix (not the first time, you would think I'd learn :) So I added a second mix I had with me that was Chocolate chips with powered cherries and macaroon mix. Sounded good but it didn't "bake" as I hoped. In the end it was a heavy pudding spoonable consistency. Tasted good, and was chocolate but not what I hoped for.
I'll microwave these recipes in a mug next time.

chocolate chips
peanut flour
sugar cookie
+ 2 Tablespoon water
1 minute Micro high

chocolate chips
powdered sweet cherries FD
macaroon mix
+1 1/4 Tablespoon water (no more!)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Chicken Cranberry Quinoa & Brown Rice

Chicken Cranberry Quinoa & Brown Rice

Using Quinoa & Brown Rice with Garlic from Sams Club
Chicken FD, Cranberries FD and B├ęchamel (Creamy White Sauce) from Thrive Life.

I made it first with no sauce and it was OK
but I thought it needed something
so I added the white sauce and liked it better.

for the 44oz Baro Cook

Chicken Cranberry Quinoa & Brown Rice ****
1 package (8.5oz) Quinoa & Brown Rice with Garlic from Seeds of Change
Chicken Packet - in a food saver bag sealed:
1/2 cup Chopped Chicken FD
1/2 cup Cranberries FD
1/4 cup B├ęchamel (Creamy White Sauce)

When ready to use this:
I empty the chicken packet into cooker with 4Tbsp water, stir
and let rehydrate for 3-5 min then add the Quinoa pack.
Add water to the Heat Pack and lock on the lid.
Let it Cook!
15 minutes or so then you can enjoy a hot meal.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Adjusting a measurement from a Meal in a Jar Recipe

Good chart for use with the Baro.
Use a Meal in a Jar recipe and cut it down to a 1 or 2 serving.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Traveling in the air

Many types of outdoor gear can be taken with you on the plane, but there are also various items that you have to either place in your checked luggage or leave behind altogether.

For example, camping fuel, burning paste and gel fire starters are all prohibited from carry on or checked luggage. However, because Barocook heating packs are flameless and are neither fuel nor gel, they are safe to take with you on the plane.

If you plan on traveling by plane and are bringing along any outdoor gear, you'll find this TSA article most valuable.

Read more at TSA Travel Tips - Travel Tips for Backpackers, Campers and Fishers

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tomato Beef & Broccoli for 10oz Baro Cook

Tomato Beef & Broccoli for 10oz Baro Cook

Feel free to multiply the recipe:
    x 3 for 28 oz Baro Cook
    x 4 for 44 oz Baro Cook or Pint Meal in a Jar
    x 8 for Quart  Meal in a Jar Meal
Tomato Beef & Broccoli *****

1/4 cup Ground Beef FD  (calories-105)
1/4 cup Green Peas FD   (calories-50)
1 Tablespoon Thrive Tomato Sauce    (calories-35)
1/4 cup broccoli  (calories-10)
1 Tablespoon Thrive Cheese Blend (calories-35)

add  6-8 tablespoons (3oz-4oz) water, 
stir to make sure all the water is absorbed, 
add more water it you want it a thinner consistency.
Let rehydrate for 5-10 minutes.
Add 4 tablespoons (2oz) to the small heat pack.
Lock on the lid and let it cook..

I usually do this in the airport about 1/2 hr before boarding. So all the steam release is done and I can then slip the cooker in my carryon/ under the seat bag. It will continue to cook and be hot for about 1/2 hour and is ready to eat usually before I am. It will stay warm for about an hour so I pull it out and eat when they serve drinks, and everything is cleaned up (the heat pack is cold) and ready for the trash.

waiting to board in the airport.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Clean up is a Snap!

Clean up is a Snap!

I experimented with Reynolds Oven bags to see if they would work with the heat the Baro created.
I am happy to say YES!!!
It is SO easy to clean up!!

I actually found some Turkey size bags in the cupboard that I never used so I cut it up to fit the cooker and the largest challenge was to remember to use the line when I used the cooker. I found that a 16 x 17 bag would make 3 liners for the 28oz or 44oz cook box. I cut the bag across approx 8" up from the closed bottom and then opened both sides of the remaining piece and it worked well. I will have to try different size bags to see what I like best.

But I totally liked not having to CLEAN the pot after eating each meal.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Loveland Co PE Show

Loveland Co PE Show

This is the first booth at a gun show with Baro Cook I have done. I like how my booth setup talked to many of the vendors and there was a fair to good crowd of customers who were intrigued with the flameless cooking. 

We stopped on at Carl Jr's for a breakfast biscuit, but when I got my booth uncovered I had a couple interested vendors so before I got to eat my sandwich it was cold.  I put my sandwich in the 28oz pan and used a 20g heat pack to demo how they work and reheated my sandwich - Worked great!! 

I made the brown sign to be a table runner and I think I will make a banner that fits between my grid for the next show.  Which I will post here for those who follow the PE shows or Tanner show - I can't be at all of them like most of the vendors but you can find me here online anytime! Shop from the top left tab ** free shipping is the May Special ** 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

What do you use in your Baro Cook?

Any Meal in a Jar recipe
can be made the right size for  your cooker.

Here are a few of my favorite places to look for recipes:


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Meals on the Go!! You can make it easy and Healthy.

On the go meals for one.
I prefer a 1.5 cup breakfast or lunch,  or a 2 cup dinner - adjust for what YOU prefer.

I like using Freeze Dried food. Because it is convient, cost effective and I like the taste and long shelf life. I make my Meal in a Jar or bag and seal it so it's ready to add water and cook. I know what is in it - sale, soy, additives, seasonings, spices etc and can tailor it to our likes and needs.

At first I tried and used several brands of Freeze Dried foods, doing taste tests of our own. I found I prefer  dry seasonings and instant noodles for fast meals. After using and testing different Freeze Dried food brands I found that we liked different things from each and that not everything is offered by everyone. Best of all we liked getting it at a discount so I did become my own Thrive Life constant.  Options are always good and we all like different things.

In microwave safe bowl -
Put  1/2 of the called for hot water stir in FD food,  and let set 10-15 min. to re-hydrate. Next more water thinner consistency (soup)  or if all ingredients don't look like they are fully re-hydrated.  Microwave another 1-2 min on high and enjoy.
 I use my Sistema red 22oz cup w/ locking lid.

No Microwave or Refrigerator? No problem.... 
In a Flameless cooker:  Separate components of the cooker.
1 - In metal bowl put 1/2 cup water and the contents of the meal bag. 
      Let set for 15 min to re-hydrate the FD food.
2 - When ready to cook food
      - place the heat pack in the bottom bowl and add the water to the heat pack.
3 - Place the metal bowl with the food on top of the activated heat pack and lock on the lid.
      - Let it alone for 10-15  minutes. Open, stir, pull out the metal food bowl and add remaining water, reinsert food bowl and lock on the lid.
Let set for another 10-15 minutes and enjoy.

The Magic Cook, Kindle Cook, BaroCook, and TrekMates are flameless cooking systems
that will cook, heat, and Sterilize without a flame.

With the technology of the MRE flameless heater you will never need a flame to heat up a drink or cook a hot meal.
The cooking temperature will reach 208 degrees with an average cooking temp of 203 degrees. Within 15-25 minutes you will have a nice warm meal ready to serve.  

Cooks Pastas and Rice under 20 minutes, Cooks Mountian House, Homemade meal pouches using your own Freeze Dried Foods, MRE, Paleo Meals to Go,  Soups, Skillet Meals, and even hot water for hot drinks. Liquids boil in under 10 minutes.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Scrambled Eggs at the airport.

Rise & Shine early traveler!!!

After working the weekend for Best Scrapbook Organizers at the Scrapbook Expo in  Pleasanton, CA I had to leave the hotel for an early flight.  Being one of the first few thru TSA, I was ready for coffee and breakfast before the flight.  I bought coffee and then made Scrambled Eggs Casserole to eat along with my Starbucks coffee.

Whats for breakfast?
Scrambled eggs with sausage, peppers & cheese.
Cost: $2.20 + $1.00 for heat pack = $3.20
(FD food = eggs, sausage, cheese, onions, & peppers including the food saver bag I had it sealed in)

Remember to pack:
- water measure
my favorite is from the Container Store.
It is a iSi Basics 2oz measure.
It is small flexible & easy to stow in the cooker when not in use.

-Spork or good quality spoon/fork.
I only had a cheap disposable spoon once. It flexed and got soft when I ate my hot lunch! I made it but decided to invest in a good travel spork.

- Water bottle empty
to fill from a water fountain after you go past security.

- Napkins, several places in airport have these if you forget.

- add less water than you think,
its easy to add more if needed.

- Do Not put hot used heat pack in trash can  is it is hot
and my not have used all of it's energy yet!
Let it completely cool before you dispose of it.

-- This Starbucks breakfast was $9.61 (thanks to my friend for letting me take the photo of her breakfast)

Shepard's Pie

I'm traveling for work and this hotel had no microwave or refrigerator. 
Good thing I packed by travel supper kit.  

  1. Flameless Cooker - I like the 2 Cup size best.
  2. Heat packs - I take one for each meal I pack.
  3. ** Meal in a Bag
  4. *Spork - because hotel plastics are just darn right flimsy if you even can find any.
  5. *Silicone pot holder.

Tonight while working in Phoenix at the CKC Scrapbook show I made Shepherds Pie for my supper. After a long day on my feet a cold drink and a hot supper was just what I needed.

I re-hydrated the potato beads in the stainless bowl first. After the beads hydrated for about 5 min and were a thick consistency I tilted the cooker so the potatoes were on one side then added the meat & veggie portion with the water necessary to re-hydrate them to the other side. Let sit for 5 min to re-hydrate and then added water to the heat pack, snapped on the lid and took a shower.

Dinner was ready, let it cool a little and I was ready for Dinner & a Movie!
YUM a keeper - Will do it again.

* If you are a light traveler you don't need as much as I take. But I find I like using everything in my travel kit and have room since I have a suitcase and it all fits easily.

** I have been doing Meal in a Jar recipes with friends monthly. At the same time make some that are one serving size and seal them in a Food Saver Bag for travel meals.