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Swedish Army cooker Mod

Discussion in 'Cooking' started by Hammock_man, Mar 15, 2019 at 10:33 AM.

  1. Hammock_man

    Hammock_man Full Member

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    I like to make life easy and often make and use my own boil in the bag meals. Couple of times I have had the bag settle on to the side of the cooker without any or enough water to protect it. The bag itself is sitting in enough water but just that one spot is up against hot metal. Then either the contents leak or water gets in. Even if its just Beans and sausage from a tin, I don't want an extra 10% water or tomato flavor coffee !
    No issues with real rat packs, it is just home made meals using a lakeland "boil in the bag" bag. While a rat pack bag tends to keep its shape, plastic bags tend to take up any old shape. Yes, I try to be careful but as I only take one lunch when I am out for the day, one slip up ; one hot spot and lunch leaves a lot to be desired.
    Enter the Poundshop cooking mat! The sort of plastic mat that can sit in an oven tray and allow air to flow round your chips. In the photo there is a single mat, folded in half, sitting in the cooker. No cutting, just folded to fit, there is a 1cm gap but as this is at the widest part of the pot, it does fine. As I had already cut a piece off another mat, I also have a bit folded double sitting in the bottom. If you only wanted to buy a single mat, as the full mat fills all the way up the sides, it could be trimmed and the excess placed in the bottom.

    For a one pound outlay, it only needs to save one dinner and its paid for itself!
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  2. Alan De Enfield

    Alan De Enfield Forager

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    Good trick.
    Next time in in Poundland …………………………...
     
  3. MrEd

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    That’s ace, good idea.

    Can you post how you make your boil in the bags - is it literally just put whatever in a bag and boil it? WhAt prep before hand (at home?)
     
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    Good mod, should be perfect.
    I'll second the motion for you to pop up some useful tips for diy boil in the bag recipies.
     
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    Great idea,I've suffered the melting bag syndrome too, so I'll dive into £ shop next time I'm passing. :thumbsup:
     
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    Major blow to my plans.. Lakeland no longer do their boil in the bag bags!! They only used to cost 5 pound for 50 and so were a cheap option.
    They could be sealed but were big enough to take a decent meal and still be able to tie closed the top. Have found some bags on amazon but they come in 100's and postage is extra.

    Anyway recipes.... Anything that has water in it !!!!! Simplest is just to buy a tin of all day breakfast and transfer to the bag. So many things that come in tins also come with a good amount of sauce. For me it is more about having something in the field which is easy and does not require stirring or baby sitting. Get the water up to the boil and then reduce the heat, it will sit there happy for 15 mins if it has to. I do not tend to use the cooking water to make tea as I normally use my Gillie kettle ( it is just such a fun bit of kit ). What I do not want to do is to stop making tea to have to stir the pot or stop something burning.

    I tend to make variations of a soup come stew if I am making from raw. I don't want masses of liquid but nor do I want a paste. Thin cut veg and smaller meat pieces in a good stock allow the heat to move from the water bath, via the stock and into the food itself.

    3 routes then to an easy meal in the field
    i) CHEAT, tin of all day breakfast ( sausage and beans, mac and cheese, any thing easy) into the bag . Heat seal or tie the bag. Sorted.

    ii) EASY, One Polish sausage, one bag of ready sliced fresh veg; stir fry size. Tin of cooked Potatoes. ( Don't knock it, these guys have been sat in water for maybe 6 months, 48 hours in a bag is not going to hurt them). Good quality Stock powder. Packet of cheap stuffing.
    Slice the sausage and fry in a large saucepan for a few mins, just enough to get some of the flavour flowing. Add a cup of water to stop things sticking and then add the tinned spuds which have been cut into small pieces. Let them pick up some of the sausage flavour. Add at least a pint of water and the pre sliced veg. Add the stock to taste, the meat, veg and spuds need to be sat in a good broth not a wishy washy bit of water. Let it cook for 3 to 5 mins. Now add some of the stuffing mix, this is used to thicken the stock and add a bit of herby flavour. By adjusting the amount of stuffing and adding some more water you control the volume of liquid and the thickness of the stock. It needs to be runny enough to allow the heat to move around but not playing as a comsome. This should make 2 to 4 meals.

    iii) Bespoke, Chicken thighs, Veg stew pack. Waxy potatoes, Creamed Coconut, Fish sauce, Piri piri hot sauce, chicken Oxo. ( I know it should be Thai curry paste but one time I did not have any so I used piri piri, it worked well and allowed me to control the heat with just a splash or two.)
    Remove the thigh bone and cut the chicken small. Thigh works better in small pieces then does breast. Cut the veg small enough to fit on a spoon. Same with potatoes but keep 2 or 3 to one side. Simmer the chicken, veg and potato in an OXO stock. Meanwhile cut the remaining potato into very very small bits. Add these to the pan, they will break down to thicken the stock. Add the coconut and fish sauce to taste. Finally add some Piri Piri. I am looking for some thing that reminds me of a Thai curry or a massaman rather than being a true curry.
     
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    Great ideas, thanks for sharing. Will have an experiment soon.
     

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