Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker Cake Pan

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Since moving 6 months ago, I haven't had many chances to shop at Honeyville Grain in Salt Lake City.  Although I have kept a running list of items that I needed, I didn't have a chance to shop until yesterday. Honeyville was having a 15% off everything sale and I was ready to shop!!  While perusing the aisles I saw two new products that got me really excited!!  They were stainless steel pans and a trivet made for the Saratoga Jacks thermal cooker.  



I have tried many times to bake in my thermal cooker with no luck. Now there is hope!! There were two pan sizes to choose from, the round cake tin, and the oval bread tin.  I chose the round cake tin because it looked like it would take up more space in the cooker and wouldn't allow as much air space as the oval shape.  That is totally my observation and I have no clue if it's true, but I went with it :)  You'll also notice the trivet that I purchased.  That allows the pan to stay up out of the water so your food won't turn out mushy. 

Cute little cake pan!!
See how it will fit into the stainless steel cooking pan!
 
I can't wait to try this out!!
If you aren't familiar with the Saratoga Jacks Thermal cooker I'll quickly go over it for you.  The idea of the cooker is to boil food for 2-4 minutes, depending on a raw meat dish, just veggies, or dehydrated foods, then closed in the thermal base the food will "cook" inside.  The thermal base is not electric, the heat retained from boiling the food will slow cook the meal.  This is great from a preparedness standpoint because it saves precious fuel in times of emergency.  I have made soups, meats, muffins, applesauce, and even kept my cold dishes chilled,etc.  Click HERE to view all my previous posts on the Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker.  And click HERE to visit the Saratoga Jacks website.


I must also say I was disappointed when I opened the cake tin box and realized there were no instructions included.  Thank goodness for the amazing Lisa at Honeyville.  She explained how to use the cake tin in the cooker.  Once the trivet and cake pan are in place, you only fill water up to the bottom of the tin, or else the food will not cook through and be mushy.  I would have thought I had to fill the water up the the edge of the cake tin lid, but there was nothing included with the cake pan explaining how to use it or even how full to fill the pan with food.  I am not sure how much cake batter or bread dough to use in the tin.  It'll be a trial and error kind of experiment. I think I have some more questions for Lisa!!

*Update: Amy from Saratoga Jacks contacted me and filled me in on all the cooking instructions.   
Add far as making a cake with the round cake pan.
-The round cake pan you purchased was designed to hold ONE box cake... any box of cake mix will work.

-Spray the stainless steel pot and the inside of the lid first.
-Mix the cake mix exactly as the instructions on the back of the box say... except subtract out 1/4 cup of the liquid.
-And add a tablespoon of flour.
-Pour the batter into the oiled stainless steel pan... clamp lid on. 

-I put the trivet into the thermal cooking pot... and fill with water to about one cm... above the top of the trivet. Set the cake pan on top.
-Place the lid on the cooker... and boil for 20 minutes and transfer to thermal base.
-The cake is ready in about an hour and a half. ..but as always... I have left it in for longer... and pulled it out hot and perfect hours later. 


The round pan produces a cake... similiar to the size of a wedding cake topper.
Delicious and moist!
I have done all sorts of different cakes in it.

When you bake bread...
It only needs a ten minute boil... once the dough has risen.

The oblong loaf pan... is exactly 1/2 of one loaf of bread...
So about 25% of a standard Two loaf recipe... will fill one of those oblong loaf pans.


I'll have to report back when I try out the new cake tin! 

5 comments:

  1. So, I'm assuming you bring your food to a boil inside the inner cooking pot - right? Do you happen to know if the cooking pot is induction-ready? (Can a magnet stick to the bottom of the pot?) I can't find any specifics on the product website...

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    1. Hey Julene...
      Honeyville was so excited about the accesories that they sell them all the time...even though they were only supposed to be sold post demo's... so people knew how to use them.

      There are two videos in production being edited to go online soon.... showing the demo's and instructions.
      They are only a few weeks old.

      Add far as making a cake.
      The round cake pan you purchased was designed to hold ONE box cake... any box of cake mix will work.
      u spray the stainless steel pot and the inside of the lid first.
      Mix the cake mix exactly as the instructions on the back of the box say... except subtract out 1/4 cup of the liquid.
      And add a tablespoon of flour.
      Pour the batter into the oiled stainless steel pan... clamp Tue lid on.

      I put the trivet into the thermal cooking pot... and fill with water to about one cm... above the top of the trivet. Set the cake pan on top.
      Place the lid on the cooker... and boil for 20 minutes.
      Transfer.
      The cake is ready in about an hour and a half. ..but as always... I have left it in for longer... and pulled it out hot and perfect hours later.
      This round pan...
      Produces a cake... similiar to the size of a wedding cake topper.
      Delicious and moist!
      I have done all sorts of different cakes in it.

      When you bake bread...
      It only needs a ten minute boil... once the dough has risen.

      The oblong loaf pan... is exactly 1/2 of one loaf of bread...
      So about 25% of a standard Two loaf recipe... will fill one of those oblong loaf pans.
      Hugs.
      Hope that helps until the demo videos and instructions with recipes are finished to go into the new boxes this week.

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    2. my pot does not allow the lid to go on all the way. It is the handle on the cake pot that is in the way. Will it still cook. I have the 5.5 L Saratoga Jack.

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  2. What about when you use the high altitude recipe?Please help. And can you do a boxed brownie mix also?

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