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A simple but revolutionary non-electric, portable slow cooker.

A simple but revolutionary non-electric, portable slow cooker.

Launched in 2008, Wonderbag is the brainchild of South African entrepreneur, Sarah Collins. Originally created to ease the impact of health, socioeconomic and environmental problems facing Africa and developing countries, the Wonderbag was intended to empower rural women and improve their quality of life by drastically reducing the time they spent cooking and collecting firewood and water. Now, with more than a million Wonderbags having been subsidized and sold across the globe, this ingenious cooking tool is changing the lives of not only rural African women, but all people around the world.

Jackie Cameron

WONDERBAG Heritage Samp and Beans:


Serves: 4

6 portions

Red Wine Sauce:


750ml Red Wine

150gr Tomato Paste


Beef Stock


In a large pot, bring the red wine to the boil.

Whisk in the tomato paste and allow to cook for about 5 minutes.

Add the stock, combine well and allow this mixture to reduce by about 3/4.

Strain through an oil filter, place back on the heat, keeping the sauce hot.

Left-over saucecan be placed in the fridge.

Samp and Beans:


250ml Samp

125ml White Butter beans

125ml Speckled Red Sugar beans

Place the samp, butter beans and the sugar beans into separate bowls, cover with water and leave to soak overnight.

Place into separate pots and boil the samp for 10 minutes, boil the butter beans for 40 minutes and boil the sugar beans for 20 minutes, remove from the heat, placethe lids onto each pot and place into separate tightly closed WONDERBAGS.

Leave the samp and beans in their separate WONDERBAGS for up to 4 hours or overnight.

Any left-over samp and beans can be frozen for later use.


30gr Salted Butter

30gr Sunflower Oil

500gr Onions, finely chopped

15gr Fresh Onions, grated

250gr Topside Beef Mince Meat

375ml Samp, cooked from the WONDERBAG

187.5ml White Butter beans, cooked from the WONDERBAG

187.5ml Speckled Sugar beans, cooked form the WONDERBAG

250ml Red Wine Sauce

3 Egg Yolks

Salt and Black Pepper


Heat a pot well, add the butter and oil.

Sauté the onions and garlic until well caramelised, this is very important.

Add the mincemeat and cook, be careful not to overcook.

Add the cooked samp and beans with the red wine sauce and allow to come to a simmer.

Add the egg yolks and season well with salt and black pepper. Allow then mixture to simmer for 2 minutes, then remove the pot from the heat, place the lid on the pot and place the pot

 into the WONDERBAG. Close the WONDERBAG tightly and leave the pot in the WONDERBAG overnight. This will continues cooking very slowly and the mixturewill become really creamy.

Serving Suggestion:

Once the Samp and Bean mixture has been removed from the WONDERBAG, place

the pot back on

the stove to heat up.

Serve with Beef Tongue, Horseradish Potato Crème, deep-fried Capes, crispy Carrots and fresh green


Wonderbag Mutton Biryani (Serves 6 – 8)



1.5kg mutton pieces with bone

2 cups whole lentils

2 cups rice

2 stick cinnamon

4 cardamom

5ml cumin

4 green chillies

250ml sour milk

30ml fresh grated tomato

2 sprigs mint

2,5ml saffron

2,5ml turmeric

5ml salt

5ml dhania powder

7,5ml crushed red chilli

6 small potatoes

375ml ghee / oil

2 medium onions

2 cloves garlic, crushed

5ml grated ginger


Fry the sliced onions in half the ghee or oil until pale golden. Drain and cool

Leave aside 1 tablespoon of fried onions aside

Place the meat in a large bowl. Add the saffron, ginger and garlic, sour milk, tomatoes, spices, remaining fried onions, whole green chillies and mint and leave to marinate for 1 hour

In the meantime, boil the lentils in salted water until done. Drain off in a colander.

Boil the rice with 2 cardamom pods and 1 cinnamon stick until half cooked and drain.

Peel the potatoes and cut each potato in 6. Fry the potatoes until light yellow in the Ghee used for frying the onions. Set aside In a large flat bottomed pot, add the ghee used for frying and the half that was kept aside and gently heat.

Sprinkle a handful of rice and lentils over the base of the pot.

Arrange the marinating meat and masalas carefully over the rice and lentils

Spread the remaining lentils over the meat

Arrange the potatoes on top of the lentils, then spread the rice on top

Decorate with the fried onions that were set aside, sprinkle with any remaining ghee and 125ml water

Close the pot and turn up the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes

Place the sealed pot in the Wonderbag on a cloth or mat and seal.

Leave for 4-5 hours, then open and serve with fresh dhania, poppadum’s and minted sour milk

Medium – difficult

Prep time: 30 minutes

Time on stove: 35 minutes

Time in the Wonderbag: 4 hours

Time save on stove: 1 hour


You will wonder how you ever lived without it!


Wonderbag is a simple but revolutionary non-electric, portable slow cooker. Inspired by her grandmother taking pots off the stove and wrapping them in furniture cushions to keep food cooking after the stove turned off, Sarah realised this age-old heat-retention cooking method could be used everywhere, greatly reducing the need for electricity or fuel.

Made from re-purposed foam, the insulating Wonderbag continues to cook food which has been brought to the boil (using conventional methods) for around 8-12 hours, depending on the density of food in the pot, ultimately saving up to 90% of the energy normally required for cooking. Not only does it keep food hot due to its insulating properties, the Wonderbag also keeps food cold, making it perfect to use all year round.

So, whether you’re a busy mum feeding a family of five, an outdoor enthusiast looking to spice up camping meals, or a group of friends looking to simplify dinner parties, look no further than the award-winning, eco-friendly Wonderbag to provide you with a delicious and nutritious home-cooked meal.     

Wonderbag is supported by the Buy And Give (BAG) model. For every large Wonderbag purchased, a donation is made to the Wonderbag Foundation, which enables Wonderfeasts to take place in rural communities and subsidises Wonderbags to vulnerable communities across the globe.

Wonderbag has been recognised, applauded and accepted as a ground-breaking device for all women of the world and a way to heal the world, by dignitaries, world leaders, heads of states and companies from around the world.

How To Use: 

Simply bring your favourite dish to the boil in a pot, simmer for a few minutes, cover with a lid – pop it into the Wonderbag to allow your food to safely continue cooking for up to 12 hours, retaining moisture, nutrients, and bags of flavour.


10 Wonderbag Wonders:

  1. HEALTHY:Cooking in the Wonderbag keeps moisture inside food and prevents nutrients being boiled away.
  2. SAFE:Slow cooking in the Wonderbag uses less water plus food cannot burn. Your family also remains safe from burns or the risk of fire caused from an unattended appliance whilst cooking.
  3. TASTY AND DELICIOUS:Cooking in the Wonderbag over time tenderises meat, keeps vegetables firm, and allows flavours to develop, resulting in tasty and delicious meals.
  4. PORTABLE:The Wonderbag is perfect for transporting meals to picnics and to friends where they are ready to share and eat whilst still piping hot.
  5. CATALYST FOR CHANGE:The Wonderbag changes lives. For every large wonderbag purchased a donation is made to the Wonderbag Foundation. The Foundation distributes wonderbags to families in need in Africa who, by using a Wonderbag, can create more disposable income for education, enjoy better health, have more time with their families, live safer lives and use considerably less fuel which contributes to reforestation.
  6. WONDERTIME CONVENIENCE:Eat when you’re ready. Family or friends running late? Keep your Wonderbag meal fresh and hot without spoiling it. Or, prepare meals in advance either the night before or in the morning, and just serve.
  7. INSULATES:The Wonderbag keeps things cold too, so it’s a great farmers’ market or supermarket companion to keep your groceries cold and frozen while travelling.
  8. VERSATILE:The Wonderbag is not just a slow cooker. It’s a great yoghurt maker, rice cooker and bread ‘prover’ as well.
  9. GOODNESS IN A BAG:The Wonderbag is good to the environment and good to you.
  10. GORGEOUS:Wonderbags are designed and made in attractive fabrics that are easy to wash, wipe and clean.

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