Hot meals are slow-cooked on the road


KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS
Here is an idea long favored by long-haul truckers. Cook hot food with the help of the car cigarette lighter. The Wall Street Journal reports on a stream of increasingly popular products that contribute to the food preparation with the power from the automobile's battery plug.
Consider the 12-volt microwave oven at $178.99 at www.roadtrucker.com. You can get popcorn poppers, toasters and coffee makers at www.nesco.com.
The downside? The appliances are slow. You may have to wait up to 45 minutes for your morning coffee. And the vehicle should be at a total stop.
But another, more urgent use comes to mind. When the power goes out in a fierce Midwestern storm, you can have hot meals.

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