Hay Box Cooker
cooker is a fuel less cooker which can be effectively used by the rural women.
A large wooden box of 60cm x 45cm x 45cm could be used for this purpose. The
box is filled with hay which is a bad conductor of heat and allows very little
heat to escape. A pillow of jute almost of the size of the box is filled with
the hay to work as a perfectly insulated box. Care should be taken to see that
the pillow is well fitted on the box. The pot of preboiled food is then firmly
placed in the hay and covered with the pillow of hay. The food gets cooked
within half an hour to one hour, with the retained heat. Two or three items can
be cooked depending upon its size. Hay box cooker takes 15 minutes for
vegetable, 30 minutes for rice and about 1 hour for dhal to cook.
method is very useful for cooking rice, porridge and anything requiring slow
cooking. It saves fuel as no fuel is required in .the hay box. The food remains
warm for 5 to 6 hours. There are no chances of burning and 'boiling over' of
It is a slow process. It requires pre cooking of
If the box is not well insulated with hay the
heat will escape and the food will remain uncooked.
The hay box should be filled with clean hay
The hay box should be kept in the sun frequently
so that the moisture in the straw is removed.