|Test quesadilla #1|
I started to research Hand Warmer cooking. I wanted to make sure that the Hand Warmers were non-toxic (which they are) and search for any other information on Hand Warmers and food. I found a few videos and gear reviews that suggested using the sticky boot warmers on the outside of a mug to keep liquids warmer longer, or to use hand warmers to warm propane stoves when winter camping. However, no luck finding any information that would help with my makeshift pocket oven.
Since there was no information on this revolutionary concept, that meant that I had to go out and do some field testing. On a snowy Tahoe day I opened a package of Hot Hands hand warmers and put the pair in my jacket pocket. I had discovered online that most cheese melts at 90 degrees fahrenheit, so my goal was to see how many hand warmers it would take to make my pocket 100 degrees (just to be safe). I started off with two, then went to four. However, I quickly learned that the porous lining in my pocket was no help for holding in heat. Duly noted. I needed a way to trap heat in my pocket, or I had to use a different jacket with thicker pockets.
|Placing the quesadilla with hand|
warmers on each side into my
Be sure to read the next installment of "Hot Pocket Cooking", where I will hopefully find a way to enjoy warm quesadillas while riding a chair lift. And in the meantime.... check out www.adventuredindingguide.com for outdoor recipes and series episodes!