A lot of you know that I love and highly recommend the Stove-Tec Rocket Stove. It’s a highly efficient cooking stove that uses very little fuel, either wood or charcoal, but is sturdy enough to take on multiple camping trips. Reader RWM (RightWingMom) recently sent me an email detailing her experiences making a rice and beans dish on her stove. I’m going to let her words and photos tell her story. (Thanks, RWM!)
“I still need to work on my bread making skills, but until then, we’re practicing on our Rocket Stove. Here’s our latest success story. We live in a heavily wooded area, and the Rocket Stove runs solely on small tree limbs from our yard.
We removed the Dutch oven from the stove and placed it in our kitchen, with the lid on, to allow the beans to soak for one or two hours. To save fuel, the beans could have been soaked overnight.
Once soaked, we transferred the beans to our 6-quart pressure cooker and added our favorite ingredients: garlic, chopped onion, sausage, garlic salt, and chili powder. We filled the pressure cooker with water, according to the manufacturer’s directions, and fired up the Rocket Stove once again.
We placed the pressure cooker inside the metal sleeve atop the Stove. It took 45 minutes for pressure to build and for the weight to begin rattling. We cooked the beans for ten minutes and were able to adjust the flame and heat by opening a vent door under the rack holding the fuel (twigs).
Warning! Please be cautious using the Rocket Stove with a pressure cooker because the heat is less regulated than on a stove top and needs to be monitored at all times!
When the beans were finished cooking, we removed the pressure cooker from the Stove and returned it to the kitchen to allow it to cool down and the pressure to dissipate. This took about ten minutes.
In the meantime, we began cooking our rice. We placed a pan filled with four cups water on top of the stove, and once it began boiling, we added the rice and covered the pan with the lid. We removed the twigs from the fuel rack, closed the side door, and allowed the rice to simmer for 15 minutes.
The ability to use our pressure cooker and Rocket Stove to cook dry beans is a great relief to us. The stove uses very little fuel and is easy to operate. If you live in an area where wood for fuel is plentiful, I highly recommend this stove for having an alternate way to cook food. (No, I don’t work for the company!)
The only downside to this method is that the pots did have some soot build-up on the sides. This was easily cleaned off with some Comet and a nylon scrub brush.