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How do I use the Quarter Acre Pot

Here are a few helpful hints when cooking with a thermal cooker: 1.Thermal cooking only works effectively if there is sufficient heat generated within the saucepans and the food within the saucepans.
2.To last the longest period and still be above food safety temperatures the saucepans need to be approximately 75-80% full and to have been at the recommended gently boiling temperature for the required period. This is to ensure that the food within that saucepan and the saucepan itself has reached the highest temperature.
3.When cooking a smaller meal using the smaller inner saucepan it is recommended that the larger inner saucepan is filled with 2 litres of water and brought to the boil and placed inside the outer pot along with the smaller inner saucepan. The larger saucepan will act as the “heat bank” to provide the heat that is needed to cook and keep your meal hot. The reverse can also be applied where the smaller inner saucepan can be used as the “heat bank” should the larger saucepan not be at its 80% capacity.
4.Keeping Cold: Both saucepans can be chilled in the fridge to maximize the chilling time of the food in the QAP. Do not freeze the saucepans or the outer pot. AS the QAP can act as a bain marie the same method of placing the smaller saucepan over the large saucepan can apply for chilling food. Simply place ice cubes into the larger saucepan and place your food to be chilled in the smaller saucepan on the top. For example, salad in the small inner pot, ice cubes in the large inner pot or vise versa.
5.Using as a Bain Marie: The QAP can be used as a warming oven, for best results rinse the inner saucepans in very hot water before use and place inside the outer pot. Make sure that all lids are kept closed to retain maximum heat this also allows the food to remain moist and hot. How to use The Quarter Acre Pot: As easy as 123.
Following the individual recipes simply place the ingredients into the inner pots/saucepans and bring to a gentle constant boil over a medium heat. Cover with the lid and follow the instructions for the allocated cooking time as per the individual recipe you are using. Stir the food regularly to ensure the food does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Always put the lid back on the pot. Place the inner pot/saucepan directly into the outer pot and close the lid. The food will now start cooking in the thermal pot.
Once the required cooking time has been reached simply lift the lid of the outer pot and remove the inner pot/saucepan – your nutritious and delicious meal is ready to serve. How to look after and clean your Quarter Acre Pot: To clean the outer pot simply wipe inside and out with a soft dish cloth and dry with a dry soft cloth. Do Not use harsh cleaners, bleaches or oven cleaners when cleaning your QAP. DO NOT immerse the outer QAP in water or any other liquids.
The inner pots/saucepans can be washed like your other saucepans at home in soapy water or placed in the dishwasher.

When using the Quarter Acre Pot;

Always place the food and contents into the inner pots provided. Do not put directly into the insulated outer pot.

Do not heat the insulated QAP outer pot – the inner pots are the only pots that can be heated on a gas or electric heat source.

As with all cookware - do not heat an empty inner pan. When the food is being brought to the boil have the heat on a medium level, do not use a high heat.

When using the large inner pot on the stove make sure that the handle is upright to avoid it getting hot.

ALWAYS observe the recommended normal food hygiene guidelines.

REMEMBER – the larger the volume of food in your Quarter Acre Pot (at least 80% full) the longer the heat retention.

Cooking two dishes at the same time is convenient and easy in the Quarter Acre Pot. A meat dish with rice, pasta or vegetable is simple and easy or a main meal and dessert can easily be prepared. Prepare the meat dish as per the recipe and place into the Quarter Acre Pot. Then use the smaller inner pot to cook the rice, pasta or vegetables according to the recipe. Place this into the Quarter Acre Pot. The meal can be served when the dish with the longest required cooking time is ready. The vegetables will retain all their goodness and their integrity. It is recommended that the vegetable are served within a 4-5 hour period. Cooking Tips:

Maximum heat retention and efficiency of the QAP is achieved when approximately 80% of the inner pot is used.

The ingredients in the recipes can be changed to suit your individual tastes however, all times specified for the cooking and boiling cannot be changed or altered.

To save time and money on power or gas use boiling water or hot water in the recipes.

To avoid heat loss from within the QAP avoid lifting the lid during the cooking time.

For an ideal cake or loaf tin use the light foil containers available at supermarkets, they can be used repeatedly or thrown away. Alternatively empty food cans can be used for a different way of presenting a cake.

When the recipe calls for a trivet to be used simply use empty salmon sandwich tins or the bottom cut of a soft drink can.

Use left over liquid from a stew or hot pot for stock, you can freeze it for the
next recipe.

Can I use slow cooker recipes?

The best thing about using thermal cookware is that you can use your favourite crockpot or slow cooker recipes in the Quarter Acre Pot to prepare 1 or 2 course meals. The food cannot dry out in the Quarter Acre Pot, burn, boil over or be over cooked, avoiding scorching or evaporation – “no death by boiling”. The slow and gentle cooking method of the QAP ensures that cuts of meat stay moist and tender while vegetables retain their integrity, keeping their shape, texture and colour. There is an uniquely delicious mingling of flavours when food is slow cooked and because your food cooks in its own natural juices you are retaining all of the goodness, allowing the flavours, vitamins and nutrients to remain in each dish you prepare. Power, gas and time can all be saved as the time the meal is on the stove is a relatively short period. Whilst on holiday the time spent preparing meals is minimal but the results are like what you would experience at home with all the modern facilities and without all the dishes!! The Quarter Acre Pot conveniently frees you up to provide a nutritious and healthy meal for you and the whole family.

Reviews & Testimonials?

"We brought the QAP at the Ashburton Motor Home show as the sales pitch sounded great.
Decided to try it out with the pasta and was so pleased with the result. Decided to try Lambshanks and rice pudding."

What can I say but Thank You Thank You Thank You.

I prepared it all in the morning and dinner was so yummy and the meat was falling off the bones. The vegies looked like I had just put them in but cooked to perfection.
The rice pudding was so creamy.

The big bonus was that I did not have to be in a hothouse while they cooked - brilliant is all I can say!“
Frances Walker ”We brought our QAP from you at the field days just gone and tried it out last night for dinner, beef stroganoff. Just wanted to let you know we are total converts to this awesome way of cooking. You totally undersell the product though LOL. We shall be spreading the word on how fabulous it is not to mention so easy. Living in a motorhome it will save us not only in gas with reduced cooking times but water as well. We had the beef strog in the top inner pot with water in the bottom and when we finished the water was so hot we used it for the dishes. On a scale of 1 to 10 we rate it at 15 easy.“ Thanks for a great cooker
Dave and Dale Jackson ”I have now cooked the last 2 night meals in the pot and I am IMPRESSED !!!!.... had a stew the first night and did the rice at the same time, and it was still hot as you said after all day and not over cooked and far nicer than a slow cooker that sort of stews all day, of which I don’t often use anyway, and last night we had a chicken dish ... really nice... just got to use less liquid etc as it doesn’t really thicken much etc.... but guess I can only get better with use !!!....“ Pene Cochrane ”First of all - LOVIN' the one pot. Use it at least twice a week during busy deadlines. Perfect for a hearty vege soup, and chicken curry! Won't have any problem writing up an honest and positive review for September's issue. I rave about mine!“ Clare Power, Bay Fisher Magazine ”We really enjoy our QAP and if I have not used it for a week, my husband starts whinging and asking when is he going to get some QA-food again.." Smiley ”We have a quarter acre pot bought 2 years ago not only do I use it in our motorhome it is used constantly in our home the crockpot now resides in the garage. At present it has vegetable soup cooking I always make it at night so it stays in till next day no worries about watching the pot all day!! Venison well all the flavours stay in the meat not stewed out. Could go on and on but just so pleased we bought it! Thanks" Yvonne Dickson ”My friend Kate's really pleased. Her and her husband live "off the grid" in the middle of nowhere and the the fact the pot uses very little power or gas will be a huge benefit to them, as it is to us (we live in our fifth wheel caravan)." Joanne Foster ”I used it for the first time last night and was amazed at how tender the meat was. It was a delicious dinner, a new essential to my kitchen." Karen Birkby ”My cousin has one of these, just magic. I have a few people interested in one, I note there is a discount for buying 2, is it bigger if you buy 3 (or 4)!!" Lois ”We met at the Auckland Boat Show and after trying out the pot have written an article with pics for our June edition.
We have just got back from a fishing trip up he Coromandel and thoroughly enjoyed using it.“ Graham Carter, Editor Fishing and Outdoors Newspaper ”We have since cooked a stew /casserole using a cut of basic chuck / blade steak and it turned out tender very succulent, better than a slow cooker. Corned beef is going next, I'll let you know how it goes.
I guess the stew has earned the pot a place in the cupboard , possibly on the top shelf!“ Cheers
Evan ”Just a thank you for our QAP carrier which arrived today. We purchased our pot at the Motorhome Show in Auckland and have used it numerous times. It’s great! We have in fact currently loaned it to a couple who haven’t got one so they can test it for themselves. I am sure they will be placing an order.“ One Pot Affair-Reviewed by Clare Power
”WHEN I FIRST GOT MY “QUARTER ACRE POT” I HAD PLANNED ON ADDING IT TO MY GLAMPING (GLAMOUR-CAMPING) COLLECTION. As a family we love camping in the summer months, and the more remote the better. I have become quite the “camp cook” over the years, churning out homemade butter chicken, fresh pancakes with maple syrup or pan fried snapper with minted smashed new potatoes and a tossed green salad. This is often much to the envy of our salivating camping companions, who are popping another freeze-dried meal into the billy! So you can imagine my excitement when I can across the “Quarter Acre Pot”. Now, after a few minutes prep at breakfast, we could come back from a day on the water and be dishing up chicken casserole, before our neighbours had barely tipped their freeze dried lasagne into the pot!
I decided to test it out at home before we took in on the road. My parents were staying and we had all four teenagers and tag-ons home for tea as well. In the morning after breakfast I popped a whole chicken into the pot, added stock, veges and my secret herbs and spices, boiled it on the stove for 12 minutes, and popped it into the vessel.
Later that afternoon, I put another whole chicken into the oven to roast. Unbelievably just prior to getting the chicken out of the over we had a powercut which lasted almost two hours! Stumbling over each other, we managed to light all the candles we could find around the house and set the table for dinner. Just like camping really! Now for the taste test! The votes were unanimous! The One Pot Wonder chicken was more moist, tasted nicer, and the veges had kept their colour and cooked to perfection.
From this little trial, I have gone on to make perfect hearty soups in a matter of minutes, beef casserole and a few other meals. The thing about this pot is that you simply cannot overcook your meat. It is always tender and tasty. It also requires no electricity or batteries. (Think the yoghurt maker of the 90’s.)
Why is this a great little invention for fisho’s? It will take you a few minutes to put together a meal and a few minutes to boil it on the stove. You can then place it into the cooking vessel, and have the choice of taking it out-wide with you, for a steaming delicious meal on the boat, or leaving it on the kitchen counter, so that the only kitchen activity you need to do when you go home it serve it up.... oh and fillet you fish!!
Needless to say, the Quarter Acre Pot has not made it into my”glamping” collection, but into my pantry, and used regularly, especially during magazine deadlines! (Bacon hock soup was YUM last night!)
PRODUCT TEST RESULTS: 9/10“ Bay Fisher Mag ”We bought a Pot at the Hamilton Caravan/motorhome show, we have been to South Island for 3 weeks in our Van, used the Pot for quite a lot of different meals, it was great, easy, convenient and after a little preparation in the morning the rest of the day was free, evening meal, job done. We found the meals so tasty that we also use the pot at home. It has been a great buy.“ Lorraine and Ian, Tauranga

Where can I use the QAP?

For Convenience and Ease take your Quarter Acre Pot: •Camping
•In the Caravan, or Motor Home
•Outdoor Events e.g. Opera in the Park, to the beach
•Home or at the Bach
•In the 4WD
•On the boat
•To a Barbeque