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Thermal Vacuum Cooker vs Crock Pot

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 08, 2012 at 2:58 AM

Hey guys,

I currently use a crock pot to cook most of my larger pieces of meat. I've heard a lot of good things about thermal cookers. Does anyone have any experience with these? What are the advantages of each?

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on October 08, 2012
at 02:27 PM

good point! i always feel odd heading off for the day with the slow cooker left on.

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on October 08, 2012
at 02:21 PM

The obvious advantage of a thermal cooker is the energy savings. It's a vacuum insulated container that keeps hot food hot for a long time, so the food only has to be taken up to cooking temperature, at which point, the food is sealed in the insulated cooker, where it cooks in its own heat, with no additional heating required.

My personal experience is limited to crock pots, and my complaint about them is that they're too hot and end up boiling food for hours, even on low. With a thermal cooker, the food never gets any higher than the temperature it was when the cooker was closed, so that solves the endless boiling problem.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on October 08, 2012
at 02:27 PM

good point! i always feel odd heading off for the day with the slow cooker left on.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on October 08, 2012
at 02:25 PM

do i ever live a sheltered life! i had no idea these things existed. the potential i see in the insulated cooker is portability. i work 12 hour shifts, so i could take a hot meal to work. and camping/festivals; 30 minutes on the camp stove in the morning for a hot meal that night.

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on October 10, 2012
at 10:15 AM

i bought one last year and love it!

as sage said, i also worried about leaving the house with something cooking.

everything i have cooked following the simple instructions cooked to perfection (nvever burnt or undercooked).... seasoning errors... well, that's another story :)

i don't use the sun to heat my cooker, i use the stove, as most people do.

they seem to be quite popular in Asia, UK, and Australia.

if anyone finds good recipes (usually modified crockpot recipes), please pass them along.

Stacy - Detroit

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on October 08, 2012
at 03:55 AM

You own the slow cooker which covers all the basics. Low heat, low supervision, ease of use, it it's not broke why fix it?

Matt
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on October 08, 2012
at 04:00 AM

Only advantage I see to the....ugh shoot me for using this name...thermal cooker is that you can use an out door burner so if you live somewhere hot like AZ or NM you wouldn't have to heat your house at all. I guess that and camping.

The main issue I have with it is...well...the name. Aren't both of these thermal cookers? It isn't like one is irradiating the food or using light. It is all heat.

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