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Haybox Cooking - Save Energy with Thermal Cooking


By Jane and Seggy Segaran


ISBN-13:  979-8683748104

ASIN: B08HG7TXCG (Kindle)




What is a haybox? It’s basically an insulated box in which you place your partly cooked food. The heat energy held in the pot and the food completes the cooking process without any external heat input.


Haybox cookers are so called because the early versions used hay as insulation. They are also known as thermal, fireless or retained heat cooking. Various forms of haybox cookers are used widely in the developing world to cut down on the use of firewood. This saves time spent in gathering fuel and helps reduce deforestation. Conservative estimates of fuel saving vary from 40 – 50 %.


The purpose of this book is to promote the use of haybox cooking to a wide audience and reduce the use of fossil fuel used in cooking. There is a useful collection of recipes included in this book. In keeping with the objective of reducing carbon emissions, all of these are vegan. There are 5 different designs of haybox cookers presented in here. Many of them can be easily made using common household items.


About the Authors



Jane and Seggy have been involved for many years with low energy cooking techniques. Having tinkered with solar cooking and rocket stoves their main focus is now on haybox cooking. This is an old established technique that is very relevant to modern times. As well as saving energy haybox cooking can be very convenient, functioning like a slow cooker without any energy input.  


Part of the proceeds of sales goes towards funding educational projects in Sri Lanka.