Frequently asked questions
How do I use the Quarter Acre Pot
2.To last the longest period and still be above food safety temperatures the saucepans need to be approximately 75-80% full and to have been at the recommended gently boiling temperature for the required period. This is to ensure that the food within that saucepan and the saucepan itself has reached the highest temperature.
3.When cooking a smaller meal using the smaller inner saucepan it is recommended that the larger inner saucepan is filled with 2 litres of water and brought to the boil and placed inside the outer pot along with the smaller inner saucepan. The larger saucepan will act as the “heat bank” to provide the heat that is needed to cook and keep your meal hot. The reverse can also be applied where the smaller inner saucepan can be used as the “heat bank” should the larger saucepan not be at its 80% capacity.
4.Keeping Cold: Both saucepans can be chilled in the fridge to maximize the chilling time of the food in the QAP. Do not freeze the saucepans or the outer pot. AS the QAP can act as a bain marie the same method of placing the smaller saucepan over the large saucepan can apply for chilling food. Simply place ice cubes into the larger saucepan and place your food to be chilled in the smaller saucepan on the top. For example, salad in the small inner pot, ice cubes in the large inner pot or vise versa.
5.Using as a Bain Marie: The QAP can be used as a warming oven, for best results rinse the inner saucepans in very hot water before use and place inside the outer pot. Make sure that all lids are kept closed to retain maximum heat this also allows the food to remain moist and hot.
Following the individual recipes simply place the ingredients into the inner pots/saucepans and bring to a gentle constant boil over a medium heat. Cover with the lid and follow the instructions for the allocated cooking time as per the individual recipe you are using. Stir the food regularly to ensure the food does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Always put the lid back on the pot. Place the inner pot/saucepan directly into the outer pot and close the lid. The food will now start cooking in the thermal pot.
Once the required cooking time has been reached simply lift the lid of the outer pot and remove the inner pot/saucepan – your nutritious and delicious meal is ready to serve.
The inner pots/saucepans can be washed like your other saucepans at home in soapy water or placed in the dishwasher.
When using the Quarter Acre Pot;
Always place the food and contents into the inner pots provided. Do not put directly into the insulated outer pot.
Do not heat the insulated QAP outer pot – the inner pots are the only pots that can be heated on a gas or electric heat source.
As with all cookware - do not heat an empty inner pan. When the food is being brought to the boil have the heat on a medium level, do not use a high heat.
When using the large inner pot on the stove make sure that the handle is upright to avoid it getting hot.
ALWAYS observe the recommended normal food hygiene guidelines.
REMEMBER – the larger the volume of food in your Quarter Acre Pot (at least 80% full) the longer the heat retention.
Cooking two dishes at the same time is convenient and easy in the Quarter Acre Pot. A meat dish with rice, pasta or vegetable is simple and easy or a main meal and dessert can easily be prepared.
Maximum heat retention and efficiency of the QAP is achieved when approximately 80% of the inner pot is used.
The ingredients in the recipes can be changed to suit your individual tastes however, all times specified for the cooking and boiling cannot be changed or altered.
To save time and money on power or gas use boiling water or hot water in the recipes.
To avoid heat loss from within the QAP avoid lifting the lid during the cooking time.
For an ideal cake or loaf tin use the light foil containers available at supermarkets, they can be used repeatedly or thrown away. Alternatively empty food cans can be used for a different way of presenting a cake.
When the recipe calls for a trivet to be used simply use empty salmon sandwich tins or the bottom cut of a soft drink can.
Use left over liquid from a stew or hot pot for stock, you can freeze it for the
Can I use slow cooker recipes?
Reviews & Testimonials?
"We brought the QAP at the Ashburton Motor Home show as the sales pitch sounded great.
Decided to try it out with the pasta and was so pleased with the result. Decided to try Lambshanks and rice pudding."
What can I say but Thank You Thank You Thank You.
I prepared it all in the morning and dinner was so yummy and the meat was falling off the bones. The vegies looked like I had just put them in but cooked to perfection.
The rice pudding was so creamy.
The big bonus was that I did not have to be in a hothouse while they cooked - brilliant is all I can say!“
Dave and Dale Jackson
We have just got back from a fishing trip up he Coromandel and thoroughly enjoyed using it.“
I guess the stew has earned the pot a place in the cupboard , possibly on the top shelf!“
”WHEN I FIRST GOT MY “QUARTER ACRE POT” I HAD PLANNED ON ADDING IT TO MY GLAMPING (GLAMOUR-CAMPING) COLLECTION. As a family we love camping in the summer months, and the more remote the better. I have become quite the “camp cook” over the years, churning out homemade butter chicken, fresh pancakes with maple syrup or pan fried snapper with minted smashed new potatoes and a tossed green salad. This is often much to the envy of our salivating camping companions, who are popping another freeze-dried meal into the billy! So you can imagine my excitement when I can across the “Quarter Acre Pot”. Now, after a few minutes prep at breakfast, we could come back from a day on the water and be dishing up chicken casserole, before our neighbours had barely tipped their freeze dried lasagne into the pot!
I decided to test it out at home before we took in on the road. My parents were staying and we had all four teenagers and tag-ons home for tea as well. In the morning after breakfast I popped a whole chicken into the pot, added stock, veges and my secret herbs and spices, boiled it on the stove for 12 minutes, and popped it into the vessel.
Later that afternoon, I put another whole chicken into the oven to roast. Unbelievably just prior to getting the chicken out of the over we had a powercut which lasted almost two hours! Stumbling over each other, we managed to light all the candles we could find around the house and set the table for dinner. Just like camping really! Now for the taste test! The votes were unanimous! The One Pot Wonder chicken was more moist, tasted nicer, and the veges had kept their colour and cooked to perfection.
From this little trial, I have gone on to make perfect hearty soups in a matter of minutes, beef casserole and a few other meals. The thing about this pot is that you simply cannot overcook your meat. It is always tender and tasty. It also requires no electricity or batteries. (Think the yoghurt maker of the 90’s.)
Why is this a great little invention for fisho’s? It will take you a few minutes to put together a meal and a few minutes to boil it on the stove. You can then place it into the cooking vessel, and have the choice of taking it out-wide with you, for a steaming delicious meal on the boat, or leaving it on the kitchen counter, so that the only kitchen activity you need to do when you go home it serve it up.... oh and fillet you fish!!
Needless to say, the Quarter Acre Pot has not made it into my”glamping” collection, but into my pantry, and used regularly, especially during magazine deadlines! (Bacon hock soup was YUM last night!)
PRODUCT TEST RESULTS: 9/10“
Where can I use the QAP?
•In the Caravan, or Motor Home
•Outdoor Events e.g. Opera in the Park, to the beach
•Home or at the Bach
•In the 4WD
•On the boat
•To a Barbeque