Some time ago I bought a Wonderbag and what a wonder bag it’s turned out to be!
Last night, during Earth Hour, Ché (Husband) and I ate Kitchri cooked in the Wonderbag. I cooked the lentils, spinach and rice for 15 minutes on the stove top at about noon. It immediately went into the Wonderbag, nice and snug, and at 5pm I opened it to reveal perfectly cooked and delicious Kitchri!
The Wonderbag is the invention of South African Sarah Collins (Top 10 Finalist, Most Powerful Women Entrepeneurs, Fortune Magazine 2013). It’s a slow cooker minus the electricity.
When rolling blackouts started in 2008 she remembered how her grandmother used to put cushions around her pots to keep the food cooking after it had been removed from the fuel source. So she came up with the Wonderbag.
The wonder of the Wonderbag is that it’s extremely useful for communities in Africa and other continents who battle against odds to cook food using wood and kerosene stoves. Apart from the danger of using these fuel sources in small huts and shacks, they also add to environmental pollution. You can read about the Wonderbag story on her website.
Anything you’d cook in a slow cooker or crock pot is ideal for cooking in the Wonderbag.
The impact of the Wonderbag is wide. She has some interesting infographics on the site. Here are some of the impacts of wide-spread cooking with the Wonderbag:
Saving of energy, water and time, simply by making cooking more efficient
In developing countries, the basic need to feed a family has huge challenges: Staple diets require long cooking times, yet there is little access to energy and water
Lack of clean fuel means using charcoal or tree-wood for cooking
Cutting down trees results in deforestation as communities quickly use the tree wood around them, digging up the roots when desperate
Deforestation leads to foraging further afield, which is done by women and also girls, often taken out of school
Foraging as far as 5-10 km per day leaves women open to violence
Poverty will not end if girls don’t have time for school, women spend 4-6 hours of their day cooking, and the environment is ravaged
The above points are taken from the Wonderbag website – go on over to the site to see the full list of environmental, social and economic impacts and challenges, especially in the developing world, that the proliferation of the Wonderbag hopes to address.
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The Wonderbag is available from the Wonderbag site and Amazon.com.Note: I wrote this post because I believe in the Wonderbag. I have used the Wonderbag, been astounded at the results, and am a fan. I was not paid to write this post.