A Wonderbag is a Good(ing) thing!

By: Siegfried Schäfer, Franschhoek Tatler Editor

Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm and B&B recently launched a community upliftment initiative in association with Natural Balance – producers of the Wonderbag. The Wonderbag is a heat-retention cooker that requires only enough heat to start the cooking process. Because of its insulating properties the bag retains the heat and completes the cooking process with no further electricity needed.

This cooking method is ideally suited to rice, pap, soups, vegetables, meat and vegetable stews and casseroles. Because of the slow-cooking method, the food retains its nutrients and texture, resulting in truly appetising meals. Due to its insulating properties, the Wonderbag also keeps cold and frozen foodstuffs cold for several hours.

Two independent studies conducted in 2009, found that with regular use, the Wonderbag can save at least 15kWh of electricity and 1.6 litres of paraffin a week, and as much as 50% of the energy needed for cooking. A single bag also prevents 500kg of carbon emissions per year. Because of its potential to mitigate the effects of climate change, the Wonderbag project is being registered by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a programmatic Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project. This means that for every bag sold, verified carbon offsets will be traded on the international market.

Households benefit from the Wonderbag through:
• Cost-effective cooking,
• Improved air quality in homes by reducing smoke from cooking fires,
• Reduced risk of shack fires caused by paraffin stoves,
• Tasty, nutritious meals that can be prepared ahead of time,
• Reduced food wastage as food cannot burn or overcook, and
• Empowerment by increasing cash for discretionary expenditure.


From the Paarl Post:
Save Time and Energy
with Wonderbag!



According to Salomé Gooding, wife of Gooding’s Groves owner Malcolm Gooding, “This is a project we are delighted to be part of. It is a simple technology that can make a very real difference in people’s lives and is socially and environmentally responsible in every way.” To prove this Gooding’s Groves donated several catering size Wonderbags to worthy projects in the valley, including crèches and soup kitchens.

While Wonderbags can be a godsend for community projects they are equally at home in modern time-constrained households. Who wouldn’t enjoy being able to start dinner early in the day and arrive back home from work or ferrying around the kids and not have to worry about dinner as it has been gently cooking away for hours and just has to be served?

To buy a Wonderbag or for more information contact Gooding’s Groves on tel. 021 876 2158 or email Info@goodingsgroves.co.za.

Wonderbag demonstrations at Gooding's Groves

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