Basic Cooking Times

HEYLO BAGS BASIC COOKING TIMES

  • Times are approximate as the amount of food in the pot varies.
  •  The smaller the air space in the pot the better.
  • Make sure the pot is simmering and the lid on prior to putting in the bag.
  • If using a small pot tie the top of the bag up with the ribbon to make a tight fit.
  • If you see steam vapor on the outside of the bag it means that it is not properly insulated in that area. Push the beans up to cover that part of the bag to fix this.

 

FOOD

COOK

IN THE BAG

MEAT

10- 15 MIN

2- 3 HOURS

CHICKEN

10 MIN

1-2 HOURS

BEEF

10- 15 MIN

2- 3 HOURS

OXTAIL

25 MIN

3 HOURS

LAMB SHANKS

25 MIN

3 HOURS

RICE

BRING TO BOIL

½ HOUR

PASTA

BRING TO BOIL

10 MINUTES ONLY (per packaging)

CHICK PEAS -soaked

15 MINUTES

4 Hours / Overnight

DRIED BEANS soaked

15 MINUTES

3 HOURS /Overnight

STEAM PUDDINGS

10 MINUTES

2 HOURS

 
STEAMED DISHES

Put water in the pot and put a heatproof bowl into the water. The water should come ½ way up the bowl. Boil the water to heat the bowl.  Put your mixture (pudding, custard etc) into the bowl .Put a circle of baking paper on top of the mixture. This keeps any steam from dripping onto your dish. Allow the water to gently simmer with the lid on. Transfer the pot containing the dish into the Heylo bag.   Seal up securely closing the Velcro and the drawstring. Push the beads up around the pot to insulate it keeping the heat in. Standing time as per instructions.  

 

PASTA

Cooking pasta using a Heylo bag is really easy and power saving.This is one type of cooking where you do need to be mindful on cooking times.Once your water   has come to the boil. (salt and a little oil added) add the pasta, give a quick stir and bring back to the boil for a few minutes. Now put the lid on and continue cooking till the steam escapes. Keep the lid on and transfer the pot to the Heylo bag. Seal well and time for stipulated cooking time on the packaging. Usually 10 minutes. After this time drain the pasta. If you want to keep it warm till serving put the drained pasta in the pot back in the Heylo bag. A little olive oil swirled over the pasta  will keep it from being sticky. Do not leave the pasta longer in the water as it will over cook.

 

VEGETABLES

Potatoes cook beautifully in a Heylo bag. Depending on size and amount times will vary. Cover potatoes with water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes. At this stage you could add beans and carrots to the top of the pot and put the lid on, bring the steam back and put the pot into a Heylo bag. The beans and carrots need not be in the water as they will cook in the steam. Put into the Heylo bags to stand for about 20 minutes.Root vegetables can be added to casseroles either in the dish or on top of the liquid as long as the steam is built up in the pot with the lid on prior to putting in the Heylo bag. 

 

MEAT

When cooking cuts of meat that traditionally take longer times to cook eg. Lamb shanks or oxtail I have given a simmer time of 25 minutes and a standing time of 3 hours. This is a basic. You could simmer for less time if your meat cut is tender or a small amount. For food safety reasons I have not given longer standing time for meat. Food safety recommendations are to to keep food at a temperature of 60 and above. In a Heylo bag after bringing food to the boil a temperature of 70 degrees is reached. This can be maintained for 2 hours dropping slightly for the third hour. For tougher cuts I would recommend a standing time of 2 hours, after this time you could bring the food back to the boil and leave to stand a further hour.  

SEAFOOD

I  have not  included any seafood recipes as I think seafood, especially fish requires such a short cooking time it is not really necessary to use a Heylo bag to cook fish.