Ah, the cool weather is here and that signals the season for hot chocolate, spiced apple tea, hot soups and more of the year round coffee. My indulgence in these is frequent, as my four cup Mr. Coffee maker can attest, since its hot plate has now burned out and it won’t make a hot cup of anything for me. So the trusty saucepan of hot water comes to my rescue and I’ve gotten very good at not splashing hot water onto my bare toes. While sitting down to a nice cup of tea, a thought came to my mind. The thought was about how much energy in gas I was using up to heat that one saucepan of water and the cost of keeping it warm as I enjoyed my tea and returned for seconds. Surely there was some other way of making and keeping hot water.
By jove, there is. Thermos (and many other brands. I’m only talking about Thermos here because that’s the one that was available, on sale and the one I bought.) makes a lot of different types of food and beverage thermoses and I have bought many of their products in the past with pleasing results. Most of the thermoses I have were the classical 1 quart ones or the 16 oz food containers that did well for me while I was in college. My most recent purchase is a vacuum insulated pump pot that has a very large capacity of two and a half liters and claims to keep the liquid inside hot or cold for 24 hours. I found my pump pot in the camping section of a discount store and I’ve seen them in the camping and hunting section of other stores as well. It is very similar to the pump pots that I would clean and make coffee with while working in a gas station. These pump pots are acutally very easy and quick to clean.
At first, I thought a pump pot with that much capacity would be overkill for home use. I don’t drink that much coffee. Then I realized that if I filled it with plain hot water, it would be perfect for home use. All I have to do is heat up two and a half liters of water in a sauce pan on the stove and pour it into the prepared pump pot thermos. Then that’s the last time of the day that I need to heat the water so that saves me money and natural gas. The insulated body of the thermos keeps my water hot for me throughout the day. And it’s portable, so I could take it with me anywhere I choose.
So by buying a portable thermos pump pot I have hot water on demand wherever I go. There’s hot water for oatmeal, and other hot breakfasts, instant noodles and soups and for every hot beverage imaginable. I could even take my thermos out on a road trip and have coffee when I want to, just not at every rest stop. Although I promise I will not operate a moving vehicle and a pump pot at the same time. :)