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Thermos Thermal Cooker RPC-4500 4.5L Shuttle Chef Vacuum Thermo Pot
The THERMOS Thermal Cooker 4.5 liter (4.7 qrt) RPC-4500 Shuttle Chef is a healthy, economical and convenient way to cook. Assemble all the ingredients in the stainless thermos inner pot, put it on the stove and bring to a boil. Then remove the inner pot from the stove and place it inside the outer thermo pot which serves as a vacuum insulated stainless steel thermos container to keep the contents hot. There is no need to plug in any power cord. The food will continue its thermal cooking process using the retained heat like a non-electric crock pot. After the required time (e.g. rice 30 min; chicken stock 2 hrs; beef brisket 3.5 hrs), just open the outer thermal pot, and a nutritional and flavorful meal is hot and ready. The vacuum insulated Thermos thermal cookware has excellent heat retention capacity; the food inside the pot can retain a temperature up to 160 degree Fahrenheit even after 8 hours. It's safe to leave unattended because there is no electric power or pressure needed to cook. The thermal cooking process requires no further supervision or monitoring. Food can be cooked while you are traveling as you can cook with this cookware anywhere, anytime and it's safe to use indoors or out. It saves money and fuel because after the food as been placed inside the outer thermo pot there is no extra energy needed to maintain the heat or cold for the next 6 to 12 hours. Entraps flavor, minerals and vitamins; generates less odor, grease and smoke in the kitchen. Doesn't over cook and cleans up easily. This model is like the Thermos Nissan thermal cooker CC4500 vacuum cooker. This is great stuff to get prepared with.
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Non electric slow cooker with one 4.5 liter (4.75 qt) stainless steel thermos shuttle chef inner pot
Vacuum insulated stainless steel thermos thermo pot for efficent, long lasting heat or cold retention
Bring food to boil and let it cook in it's own retained heat. Can keep hot food above 160F for over 8 hours after simmering
18-8 thick stainless steel inner pot and lid with clad bottom (induction stove top ready)
Bail handle will lock lid down securly for easy transport Note: item is imported with box & literature geared for the Asian market.
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45 of 46 found the following review helpful:
Better Than A Conventional Slow CookerDec 04, 2009
I purchased this for travel days and potlucks. I did not realize how much I would use it for everyday meals and such. It is much safer than an electric slow cooker and produces far superior results with only a small learning curve.
This is much better constructed than the cheaper foam filled models. I expect many years of service from this high quality setup.
It is quite easy to use.
-Place the ingredients being cooked into the SS inner cook. pot .
-Bring it up to temp and hold for 10 mins or so.
-Place the SS lid on the inner cook pot.
-Insert the SS Cook pot into the thermal outer pot.
The dish will finish cooking and stay hot for 8hrs.
The vegetables maintain their shape, color and flavor. They are not cooked to a colorless,flavorless mush which is often what a conventional slow cooker does.
I have found accessories purchased for the 4.5L cooker from the thermalcookwaredotcomdotau website to be a terrific setup. The cooker itself is too heavy to be shipped from Australia to be cost effective, but the accessories are not. I haven't found another place that offers all the terrific accessories to enhance the functionality of the cooker. This site is also a great place to obtain recipes for the thermal cooker. Another good site for those that are new to this method of cooking is thermalcookerdotwordpressdotcom. Both have recipes and techniques for main dishes, desserts, breads, drinks, etc in the thermal cooker.
The accessories offered at thermalcookwaredotcomdotau make the cooker much more versatile. The bain marie insert allows 2 items to be cooked separately at the same time. The steamer insert allows vegetables to be steamed while a main dish is cooking in the larger pot. The lidded SS loaf and round tin allow quick breads and cakes to be "baked " even while I sleep. If you have never tried steamed quick breads, you are in for a real treat. The breads and cakes come out moist and tender. For cakes I halve the recipe and pour the single layer batter into the round tin and "bake". I then slice it in half crosswise after it is cooled and frost. Viola! A perfect sized two layer cake for one to two people. I also ordered the racks to place my tins on to prevent them from becoming totally immersed in the boiling water. Water should not enter the tins. it should only come about half way up the side.
The thermal cooker can also be used to keep foods cold on hot days at picnics, potluck and the like. It also serves double duty as an ice bucket.
Don't forget to try hot drinks such as mulled wine, and hot cocoa in the thermal cooker. Can also be used to keep drinks such as lemonade,punch, etc. cold during hot weather.
I would recommend the 4.5 litre thermal cooker for 1-4 people. The Thermos Thermal Cooker RPC-6000W 2x3L Thermo Pot with two 3l inner pots and a single 6l inner pot would provide optimal cooking abilities for 4 or more.
BTW- the Thermos/Shuttle Chef thermalcooker works on induction cooktops.
17 of 17 found the following review helpful:
great product! Should've gotten it sooner!!Jun 25, 2010
I love my thermal cooker!! This is ideal for cooking soup or stew which would take a long time using a conventional stove. As we are all trying to go 'Green' nowadays this is the way to reduce your energy usage. I was comparing this to the Tiger brand thermal cooker, but decided to go with this one because it's designed with a handle which makes it easy to carry around. Now I can easily bring hot soup to a potluck w/o having to reheat my dish before serving!
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Electricity saverJul 13, 2012
By Amazon Customer
Like the other reviewer pointed out, it is much safer. I can throw all the ingredients in and put it on boil in the morning and when I come home from work in the afternoon, my meal is ready. I'm always afraid to leave my crockpot on while I'm at work. For a long time I couldn't find any thermal pots in the US but all my family overseas were using them. I actually bought mine when I was on vacation outside the US and had to bring it back in my luggage which bent it a little so the seal is not perfect but it still does the job. Worth the expense in the energy it saves. Basically a crockpot without all the electricity.
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
very solid productSep 02, 2012
We bought this thermal cooker to replace our old one we got from Asian market. The cooker inner unit is much thicker and the seal of outer unit is better too. And it is in perfect size for small family. We use it mostly to prepare Cantonese soup. Most of others are too large to finish in 2 dinners.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
I Love My Thermos Shuttle ChefMay 30, 2014
I purchased my RPC-4500 Thermos Shuttle Chef, virtually new, on Ebay.
Cost $85 including shipping.
There is a place, mentioned by another reviewer of this product, thermalcookwaredotcomdotau.
Avoid thermalcookwaredotcomdotau they are a total rip-off. All their items are insanely over-priced. If you need parts or accessories for your Thermos thermal cooker just do some research on-line. Or look on Ebay, and be patient, give your search 90 days or so - and you will save a LOT of money.
I own one Thermos RPC-4500 Shuttle Chef thermal cooker. I also own a Saratoga Jacks 7L double pot thermal cooker, and a City Star 7L thermal cooker (exactly the same as the Saratoga Jacks thermal cooker).
Primarily I use the Thermos Shuttle Chef 4.5L thermal cooker because it makes a smaller amount (7L can be quite a bit of food).
Sometimes I use my Stovetec rocket stove to heat up the food and then stick it into the outer shell to continue the cooking. I have also used the 4.5L Shuttle Chef with my parabolic solar cooker (I painted the pot black with High Temp flat black paint to increase heat absorbancy).
I advise getting a single burner butane portable stove and several three packs of butane cartridges. That way you can cook, indoors, anytime anywhere - and use minimal fuel in the process. Great for emergencies, or for picnics.
Shop around for your thermal cooker. The Thermos Shuttle Chef is a nice unit, but for the price you can get two Saratoga Jacks 5.5L double pot units. Two pots is nice, and a pair of such cookers offers a great deal of versatility. And having a spare unit to barter or trade in an emergency (or help a neighbor with) is something to consider. A spare butane stove cooker and a few extra fuel cartridges is a good idea also.
I hope this helps.
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