Perfection 2.0

June 3, 2008

Cooking, Gadget, Lauren

I know, I know – how could I find a Thermos that I love more than my previous one? Well, it took a Thermos that had a snap-in strap; foldable, Transformer-like handle, two-count-’em two cups, & a double-cap/plug-thing: one for hot coffee and one for food. (Points to me for using almost every form of punctuation known to man in that sentence.)

A thing of thermal beauty!

C m caps?
Why? To cook oatmeal. And I don’t even like oatmeal that much. It’s a quarter cup of steel-cut oats, a cup of boiling water (pre-heat the thermos, though), pinch of salt and some dried fruit if you like, seal ‘er up and let it sit a couple of hours. If you use the all-metal kind of thermos it will stay hot forever! (Or until I like oatmeal, which is almost as long.)

Apparently you can cook other things in it. I tried ramen (four minutes for me, please), and realized this would have come in handy in college when John would only let you use his hot pot for water only – no actual cooking. You just could not cook noodles in a Big Gulp cup. It just didn’t work.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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14 Responses to “Perfection 2.0”

  1. Karla Said on:

    Hey -- new favicon! I like it! 🙂


  2. Deanne Said on:

    So, you have no need for instant gratification (even in the form of 5 minutes of cooking) because you don’t really like it?

    I wish I could be that way with all food. Will a Thermos make that happen?


    • Lauren Said on:

      I’m too impatient -- steel-cut oats take about 15-20 minutes when you cook ’em stovetop, and they are the only kind of oatmeal that I can choke down. The instant stuff has some bad history behind it. *shiver*


  3. Brad Said on:

    Could you cook a roast if you put hot water in there and left it for, say, 24 hours? I think you need to run a series of experiments.


  4. Beth Said on:

    I’m disturbed by the notion of “food bottle”. I mean, babies drink their food, but beyond babyhood having a “food bottle” is a little disturbing…


    • Deanne Said on:

      But don’t you like the idea of your kids taking nice homemade soups to school instead of eating school lunches. But maybe your lunches are better than ours…


      • Beth Said on:

        My kids aren’t in school. Tim’s just 11 months, and Tara’s 3…It’s a full two years before she’ll be eating school lunches…
        Even then, I don’t think I’ll be sending her lunch in a bottle. I’ll make a peanut butter and jelly, and send it in a baggie. No “bottle food”. That’s disturbing.


  5. Peggy Said on:

    I’m thinking this is the perfect size for headless rabbits … yes, rabbit stew, rabbit parmesan, stuffed rabbit, rabbit pie … but please no hares.


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