Archive for July, 2012
Here’s an easy and quick solar oven recipe and makes a treat that will melt in your mouth. This recipe makes 8 to 10 delicious biscuits to add with another meal of your choice. And, you won’t need a full day of sunshine to create it.
1 Tbs baking powder
2 tsp of baking soda
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
4 cups of flour
1 cup of vegetable shortening (slice into small pieces)
Solar cooking time is only about 1 1/2 hrs of good sunshine
Preheat the sun oven to at least 160 degrees F.
First, sift together the baking powder, and baking soda with the flour and salt. Add in the shortening by the use of a pastry blender( or your hands) until what looks like is coarse crumbs. Make a hole in the middle to add the 1 cup of buttermilk. Next, by using your hands, quickly fold in the the dry ingredients with the buttermilk which results in a sticky dough. Your call here; you may need to add a little more buttermilk.
Put the dough onto a floured surface. Then fold the dough over about 3 or 4 times which creates layers. Next, press the dough out to about 1 1/2-inches thick and cut it with a flour-coated 3-inch biscuit cutter. Finally, by using an ungreased cookie sheet, place the biscuits on it and gently brush the tops with a little more buttermilk. Bake in your solar oven for about 1 1/2 hours until the biscuits have risen and are golden brown. Ohhh…they’re so good! They’ll go well with that solar stew you made yesterday.
This tasty dish will take about 1/2 hour of preparation time, but after that, the sun does the rest. Here’s how we make it.
1 clove of garlic (minced)
1 lb of fresh mushrooms
1 1/2 lbs of sirloin tips ( or stew meat, or cut up a sirloin steak)
1 stalk of celery
1 cup rice
1 tsp red pepper (or black pepper)
1 tsp olive oil
dash of garlic powder
Get your SOS Sport Solar Oven out and preheating as soon as possible on your solar cooking day. Use a 3 quart roaster, preferably, that is a dark colored thin-walled metal pot. Chop up the mushrooms, celery and onions to a size you prefer. We like them a little coarser (bigger bits). First, put the clean sirloin tips into the pot (do not oil pot).
Next, sprinkle the garlic powder and minced garlic over the tips. Then, evenly spread the mushroom, celery and onions over the top. Sprinkle in the pepper, dribble the olive oil over it and finally, pour the rice over everything. No water or stock is needed in this dish.
You can mosey onto a mountaintop. Or, mosey on down to the river to do some fishing; maybe mosey out to a baseball game. You might also mosey on down to the market to pick up some recipe items to prepare your next solar cuisine.
I once moseyed out to check my solar oven’s meal status. Then, I moseyed back to the porch to take a summer afternoon nap on my porch swing. About forty minutes later, I moseyed back to the solar oven to reposition it to better catch the late day sunshine. Around 4pm, I moseyed out to the sun oven once more adorned with oven mitts . I removed the thin walled dark colored metal pot containing my latest sun made creation.
It’s easy being Red, White and Blue AND Green, when you start cooking with the free energy from our sun. Food cooked in solar ovens cook in their own juices and thereby retain healthy vitamins and minerals.
Wear your patriotism on your sleeve…culinary smock sleeve that is, by using a free resource to prepare a plethora of everyday meals. Make meatloaf, hamburgers, roasts, stews, soups, baked vegetables and so on. You are only limited by your culinary imagination with a solar oven. Why stand over a hot, Smokey and smothering grill, when you can make most of the same meals, by just putting food into pots, then into a solar oven and simply placing it in the yard to let the sunshine do the work? Could it be easier? And, you’ll save money and help the environment of our country by doing so. Yes, using a solar oven is saving “green” and being “green” at the same time. No need to use any charcoal, propane or other fossil fuels to make great meals for friends and family gatherings. You and consumers will also avoid possible ingesting harmful carcinogens by solar cooking vs. the popular grill method.
So, be more patriotic and start using a solar “grill” right away!