Welcome to the first Video Q&A at traditionalcookingschool.com. We’ll have many more of these in the coming weeks!
Today’s question comes from Katie:
“I was reading your no-microwave post and was wondering if you have any suggestions for while one is at work. I often bring my leftovers to work with me and that is where avoiding the microwave seems impossible. Any suggestions?” — Katie
You’ll see my answer in the video above. Basically, it comes down to using stainless steel insulated food jars. We have an assortment. Some for single servings, and a couple larger coffee thermos’ with wide mouths that fit lunch for the kids and I when we’re in town.
Here’s How To Do It
I reheat leftovers (according to Reheating Foods without a Microwave) to fill an insulated food jar. That goes in a cooler with beverage and other jars/glass bowls of food that don’t need to be kept warm. Like kefir/fruit, hummus, cold salmon salad, etc. The ice in the cooler keeps the cold foods cold, while the insulated food jar keeps the warm food warm!
A Few Tips
“Temper” the food jar with hot water for 5 minutes before filling it with hot food. This helps keep the hot food hot longer because it doesn’t cool down initially from a cold jar.
To de-odorize a food jar, wash with soap and water as usual. Then fill with water and a splash of vinegar. Let soak overnight. Periodically, take apart the lid (if your food jar does this) and wash any rubber gaskets separately, scrubbing out the grooves of the lid with a small cleaning tool.
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