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.