This section is from the book "Hints To Housewives On How To Buy, How To Care For Food", by Mayor Mitchel's Food Supply Committee. Also available from Amazon: Hints to Housewives on How to Buy, How to Care for Food.
(If the soup were cooked on a coal or gas stove until done you would have to use your fire 3 or 4 hours. By using the fireless cooker you save from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours of coal or gas.)
Pot Roast - Get a 3-pound piece of beef cut from the neck, shoulder or cross cut. Wipe it off with a damp cloth, season it, dredge it with flour, and then brown well on all sides in a hot greased frying-pan. Then put the meat in the cooking-pail, with an inverted saucer or something else under it to keep it from sticking. Add boiling water - about two - thirds of the way up the roast. Cover tightly and let simmer on the stove for 20 minutes. Then add 1/2 cup each of diced carrots, turnips, potatoes and onions and 1 teaspoon of salt. Let it come to a boil and then place in fireless cooker and let it stay in for 7 or 8 hours. Then remove meat to a hot platter, put the vegetables around the meat, and make a gravy of 1 tablespoon of butter or drippings, 1 tablespoon of flour and 1 cup of the liquid strained from the roast. Season the gravy and serve with meat and vegetables.
(It would take about 3 hours to cook this on your stove. By using the fireless cooker you save about 2 1/2 hours of coal or gas.)
Beef Stew - (For making stews use ends of ribs, neck, knuckle or hind shin.) Cut beef into small pieces; add one onion cut in small pieces. Put meat in cooking-pail with an inverted saucer or something else under it to keep it from sticking. Add enough cold water to cover meat. Bring to simmering point. Let it simmer 20 minutes. Then add halved or quartered potatoes, a few pieces of carrot and turnip, salt and pepper to taste. Let it come to a boil and then place the pail in the fireless cooker and leave for 7 or 8 hours. Before potatoes are added to the stew boil them for five minutes on the stove.
(It would take about 3 hours to cook this on your stove. By using the fireless cooker you save 2 1/2 hours of coal or gas.)
Mutton Or Irish Stew - Follow directions given for beef stew, leaving it in fireless cooker for 5 or 6 hours.
Brown the onions in a little fat in the cooking-pail; then add the meat cut roughly into cube-shaped pieces; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with boiling water. Let it simmer on the stove for 20 minutes. Then add potatoes, rice and tomatoes. Let it come to a boil and then place in fireless cooker for 4 or 5 hours. (By using the fireless cooker you save 1 1/2 hours of coal or gas.)
Corned Beef And Cabbage - Prepare In Your Usual Way And Cook The Corned Beef On The Stove In The Cooking-Pail For About 30 Minutes
Then put the corned beef in fireless cooker and leave for about 6 hours. Then add the cabbage and leave in fireless cooker for 2 hours more.
(If cooked entirely on your stove corned beef would take about 3 hours. By using the fireless cooker you save 2 1/2 hours of coal or gas.)
Boiled Ham - Cook on the stove in the cooking-pail for about 30 minutes. Then put in the fireless cooker and leave for 8 or 10 hours, or overnight.
(By using the fireless cooker you save at least 3 hours of coal or gas.)
Wash beans and then soak them in cold water for one hour. Then pour off the water and put beans into cooking-pail. Cover with cold water, add the soda and cook gently on the stove until beans are slightly softened. Pour off water; mix molasses and mustard with a pint of water and pour this over the beans, adding more water if the beans are not covered. Place the pork upon the beans, bring to boiling, and cover the pail. Then put in fireless cooker and leave for ten or twelve hours.
(Baked beans would require 6. to 8 hours if baked in a gas or coal oven. By using the fireless cooker the coal or gas is only used for 30 minutes, making a wonderful saving.)