Hay box cooking was popular during World War II when fuel was rationed. It is a way to save energy by turning off the oven or burner just before the food is completely cooked, and the allowing your food to continue cooking in a hay box. The lid of your pot needs to fit tightly to keep the heat in.
- You will need a box made from plastic or metal. Fill it with dry hay
- Cook your food in the usual way until it is hot but not completely cooked.
- Turn off the heat, then quickly place the pot or pan into a hay box on a layer of straw. Make sure you cover the pot with more hay and seal the lid.
- Leave for a few hours while your food continues to cook in your insulated homemade oven. Plan well ahead – the normal cooking time for this method is 4-5 hours, though it varies greatly depending on what you’re cooking. Experiment, but make very sure that any meat is fully cooked through.
Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century
– by Dick and Jack Strawbridge
Has anyone tried hay box cooking?
Do you think you could use sugar cane mulch?
Would you recommend cooking meat this way?