*** I was financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience with the product.***
When my husband left to work in Massachuesetts for 3 months it was challenging on so many levels. I was home taking care of our 3 month old daughter who had her days and nights mixed up, taking my 4 year old to Pre-K 5 days a week, running the farm (which means running for parts, paying bills, employees, lining up help, running down to the houses when the alarms went off which is hard in itself when you have 2 kids sleeping and 1 up wanting to go with you and just the overall lonely sleepless nights. My husband was working in a state he'd never been to before. Robert worked outside 7 days a week 10 hours a day in freezing temps through snow and rain. After work he'd come back to his motel and heat up canned soup in the microwave and then he's listen to his boys over the phone while they cryed for him to come home. We knew it would be hard being apart and we both survived it and grew in ways we hadn't imagined we would. When Robert returned after 3 months away from us we both agreed that when and if he needed to leave state again for work that we would go as a family as we're better together.
With that in mind we searched for something we could take on the road as a family that way we could be together if my husband had to hit the road for work again. After 6 months of searching we found a 5th wheel camper that although needed a lot of work had potential and would be perfect a fit for a family of 5.
|1985 39' Royals International -July 2017 (Getting everything loaded and hooked up to take it home.)|
|Front View of 5th Wheel -December 2017 (Hooked up and ready to roll out when the call comes in)|
What we thought would take us two weeks to renovate (boy were we novices) took us 5 months! The painting is what took the most time as you had trim, walls, cupboards, inside of the cupboards and hinges. We had to tear out the bedrooms walls and completely redo due to a water leak, replace the faucet, water heater and a bunch of other items that put a hole in our pocketbook. The one thing we did not fix due to time and money was the stove. For the time being we would leave as is and instead look for other cheaper alternatives to heating and cooking food.
I was thrilled when an opportunity presented itself to try out and review Wonderbag ( thewonderbagshop.com) as it seemed to be just what I as looking for, for cooking meals in our camper.Wonderbag uses no fuel, no batteries and no electricity! SAY WHAT!?? I know right! How is Wonderbag going to cook our food if it uses NO fuel, batteries or electricity?! I was skeptical as I'm sure you are right now. So I set out to try it.
|My Wonderbag arrived!|
|WOW! It came with a great selection of recipes to try!|
|When you receive a Wonderbag you have to let it sit for an hour so it regains it's shape as it arrives vacuumed packed.|
|Wonderbag has two parts to it, the bag and the lid so to speak.|
Wonderbag requires you to bring your food to a boil between 15-30 minutes depending on the meat, then transfer to the Wonderbag to continue cooking it. So with that in mind I chose my Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup which I adapted a bit for the Wonderbag.
|Sauteing up my veggies|
|Adding the chicken and vegetable broth then brought to a boil for 15 minutes.|
|After 15 minutes at a boil place in Wonderbag making sure the lid stays on the pan.|
|Place Wonderbag lid on top of pot then drawstring it closed tightly.|
|Allow it to cook for 3 hours without disturbing.|
|After your 3 hours is up remove from your Wonderbag using pot holders as pan is still amazingly hot and place back on the stove to add the rest of your ingredients.|
|Creamy Chicken Tortellini (BEST SOUP EVER!!)|
My husband and I were really amazed at how well the Wonderbag did at cooking our meal. The chicken was tender, easily shredded, the soup was hot and according to my cooking thermometer the temp of the soup (I didn't check it until after I poured in the cold heavy cream...woops) was 147 degrees F so it was hotter before I poured the cold heavy cream into it. I'm truly amazed at how well the Wonderbag performed with the making of my soup. The Wonderbag doesn't get hot on the outside so it's great if you have little kids who are curious and want to touch it. No burns like with a hot crockpot (which we've had a few of).
I loved how well the Wonderbag performed with my Creamy Chicken Tortellini soup that I tried my Beef Stew the following day in it. Now usually with Beef Stew in a crockpot it has to cook all day to get the meat tender enough that it just falls apart so I was worried when I didn't get my Beef Stew in the Wonderbag until 3:30pm that afternoon. I boiled the Beef Stew for 30 minutes on the stove then transferred it over to the Wonderbag. 4 hours later, YES 4 hours later I took it out and it was ready!! The meat was tender and the stew was DELISH (my Creamy Chicken Tortellini still rates as my favorite but I still love me some Beef Stew)!
I've since made quite a few other soup recipes in it and as I'm writing this I'm trying my hand at making yogurt in it per the recipe provided in Wonderbag's cookbook. With Wonderbag you can also proof your homemade bread in it and even use Wonderbag to keep things cold or frozen like ice cream. Wonderbag would be great to have on hand for parties and picnics!
I'm in love with my Wonderbag if you can't tell already!!! It's been tested, tried and found to be a definite must have for our road trips in the camper. Wonderbag is hitting the road with us! I love that it's portable and travels well. You can start it at home, place it in the Wonderbag and then travel with it up to 8 hours and arrive at your destination ready to dish out some yumminess!
With our Portable Induction Cooktop we bought for the camper the Wonderbag will be our go to for cooking our meals. I can boil the food in no time at all, bag it and take the kids to explore the playgrounds at the R.V Parks and won't have to worry about leaving something hot plugged in and me not being there to watch it just in case of electrical problems.
So without further ado I will leave you with my Creamy Chicken Tortellini recipe below. It's the bombdiggity of soups! One bowl just won't be enough.
At the end of this recipe you might just find a giveaway so it'll be worth your wild to scroll down. 😁
- 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- 1 Peeled & Diced Yellow Onion
- 1 Washed & Diced Red Bell Pepper
- 2 Cups Sliced Carrots
- 4 Minced Garlic Cloves
- 2 Large Breasts or 6 Tenderloins Chicken Breasts
- 9 Cups Vegetable Broth
- 1 19oz Package Frozen Three Cheese Tortellini
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Baby Spinach
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Kale
- 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme
- 1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
- To Taste Salt & Pepper
- 4 Tablespoons Cornstarch
Since I'm amazed at how well the Wonderbag works and all that you can use it for and so in love with mine I'm giving one away! Givcaway is NOT sponsored by Wonderbag or ihelpmoms. I will purchase a Wonderbag for you and have it shipped to the winner at no cost. Giveaway is opened to residents of U.S & Canada.
If you don't win or you can't wait to own and try out your own Wonderbag then visit thewonderbagshop.com and save 10% off all Wonderbag's current ranges with the discount code: ihelpmoms (Valentine's is coming up and what a great gift this would be to get your Sweetheart!)
For every large Wonderbag purchased another one is donated to families in Africa. Wonderbag was born and created in South Africa by a woman who was looking to help ease the impact of socioeconomic & environmental problems that face families in Africa and other developing countries. To learn more about this amazing product visit thewonderbagshop.com.
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