Mr Ds Thermal cook pot, review

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Last winter I really wanted one of these but a search on here came back with mixed reviews and I chickened out (see what I did there?).

Fast forward to Malvern show and whether it was the sight of all those cowboys, too much gin or the sheer excitement of making badges on the Funster stall (sorry if you got an upside down one) in a moment of shopping frenzie I bought one.

Here is a link to the web site.

http://mrdscookware.com

It's essentially a massive thermal flask with an inner pot you stove cook any stew, chicken, hock, curry etc for approx 15mins, place into the outer thermal case and leave for minimum of 1 hour max 8 hours, to finish cooking with no more outsourced energy. It will keep the food at a hot temperature for hours.

I'm not gonna lie it is expensive, the show price was £100, with the smaller top pot and cook book thrown in, so cheaper than his website. But still an expensive impulse buy.

There were doubters, Mr Mousy (Martin) was very reluctant, I seem to remember him muttering "not more useless crap to sit in a cupboard" and Clifton and Geraldine reckoned I'd be selling it on eBay hardly used soon.

But they have all eaten those words, Cliff and Ger enjoyed a chilli in Devises, lots of Funsters had Hungarian goulash at Holmes Chapel a few weeks ago, with many more family meals in between.

So if you like stews, curries, cooked chickens, spaghetti bog etc this could be for you.
I find it great on busy days as I throw everything in, in the morning and come home to a hot meal, it's great in the van for the same reason. Either make at home and arrive somwhere with a hot stew or on a Sunday it's a joy to return home and not to have to cook when we get in.

It will obviously get more use in winter, I've surprised myself how much I've used it at home, I'm guessing there will be energy savings by not having things bubbling away on the stove for hours.
Unlike my normal slow cooker (which is crap lurking in a back cupboard) there is no smell.

I'm a convert to Mr Ds and no I'm not on a commission!

Happy cooking and good eating fellow Funsters.
 

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Great Report Mrs Mousey, I have to admit to being one of those who said properly a gimmick thing, definitely sounds as if I was wrong enjoy. (y)
 
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Great Report Mrs Mousey, I have to admit to being one of those who said properly a gimmick thing, definitely sounds as if I was wrong enjoy. (y)
Hi carol, yes you did! Don't worry I'll give you and your lovely Eddie a practical demonstration at our next meet together, beef madras anyone?
 

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Ours works well too & by the way you Holmes Chapel goulash was good.
See you in a field somewhere soon

Roger & Sheila.
 
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I did a smoked ham hock yesterday, just boiled it up with some whole peppercorns, and bay leaves, top pot of spuds, left it all day then just cooked some veg when I got home. Delish.

I find it's great for cheaper cuts of meat which eat better after a long slow cook.

Bellini, what you cooking in yours this weekend?

I'm tempted to try brisket.
 
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I'm probably going to do a curry.

Prepare it in the morning and let it cook all day. We're off to a campsite around lunchtime, so it'll be a ridiculously easy supper for us in the evening.

I'm doing a bolognese sauce the same way later in the week.

For me, the great thing about these cookers is that I can leave it anywhere to do its stuff. So when travelling, it'll probably be locked in the garage or the wardrobe. It never gets in the way.

Smoked ham hock sounds wonderful. Must try that.
 
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Oh dear, this sounds like another 'must have' bit of cookware to add to our collection.
Can you give us an idea of the dimensions ?

Many thanks
 

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I can vouch for Mr D's Chilli - and after reading Dawn's glowing review, I have stopped watching for it on Ebay! ;)
 
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It's no different to a meal in a slow cooker. Curries, bolognese, chilli, etc all improve after a period of marinading and this suits the thermal cooker ethos perfectly.

Dimensions of mine, bearing in mind mine isn't a Mrs D's, is around 12" diameter by 18" high. Perfectly sized for a meal for 6 if you cook rice / spaghetti separately.

And, yes, mine is always hot when being served. It's all in the preparation, I've found.
 

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There's also the 'Dreampot', 'Magic Cooker' and also the Lakeland 'stay hot pot' versions, not sold now but you can pick them up second hand.

The secret is that you MUST have a removable pan inside which you use to start off the cooking process on a hob to get the high temperature needed, this is what makes them different to the much cheaper thermal/insulated food pot where you just poor the contents in - it will never actually cook the food, just keep it warm like a Thermos flask.

By starting the cooking off on the hob in the pan you get a high temperature and when you place the pan in the thermal outer it builds up the pressure/temperature and that is what cooks the food.

I had one but sold it to a fellow funster (can't remember who bought it!) as it was too big for our camper van unfortunately otherwise I wouldn't have parted with it.
 

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I would have thought you need a high enough temperature to kill any bacteria in the first place but then I only know how to eat not cook
 

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I would have thought you need a high enough temperature to kill any bacteria in the first place but then I only know how to eat not cook
Yes, but whilst it kill the bacteria it doesn't mean that it will fully cook the food, the thermal cooking pots are actually totally sealed so the heat creates pressure and this in turn means it actually gets hotter inside to the food is safe from giving you a nasty tummy. Once the food is in them (so long as it has been prepared properly in the first place) and you've left it for the requisite length of time it ensure that it is cooked thoroughly and meat etc is tender. This is different to a pure Thermos flask type container which should NOT be used to 'cook' the food, only to keep already thoroughly cooked food hot (I did research it quite a bit as to how it works before I bought the 'stay hot pot').

There are some recipes on this website:

http://www.pinterest.com/petiteloulou/recipes-thermal-cooker/
 

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I have toyed with the idea of using my pressure cooker (which I always have with me in the van) and then putting it into some sort of 'hay box' (or an 'duvet' type alternative) to continue cooking ... might have to give it a go! If I do and you don't hear from me for a few days you'll know I've poisoned myself! :rolleyes:
 
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