I've had some success with thermos cooking. I prefer cooking in the crockette, but it's nice to have options. The benefit of using the thermos cooking method is that you only need to use enough energy to bring the food to a boil. I've cooked noodles and white rice several times. However, my first attempt at cooking brown rice was not successful. Difficulty in cooking brown rice is a frequent complaint of thermos cooking folks.
During a recent visit with Captain Vandweller, he set out to show it could be done. This is what we learned:
- Only use one cup of brown rice in a 48oz thermos
- Bring the water *and* the rice to a boil (don't just add rice to the thermos of boiling water)
- Using a funnel made from cutting the top off of a plastic milk jug makes for less mess
If you want to try thermos cooking, make sure your thermal vessel is up to the task. I've tried several brands and types, but many just can't do the job. This is the one we like: Thermos Bottle