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.