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Some folks use a number of solar ovens and solar cookers in combination on a good sunny day. That way, they can cook and prepare the food for storage, or near future consumption or freezing it.
For today’s menu, we simply used the GoSun Solar Stove to bake the Italian hot sausage with peppers, onions and mushrooms.
Sometimes the food comes out of the solar ovens so well, you feel like applauding!
So, crank up your solar cooking by using more than one cooker to make great meals. If you fail to crank up solar cooking, then try a crank radio or flashlight. They can help you when the power fails.
Oh, so there are so many reasons people do not get started solar cooking. They get cold feet. Yes, there are always plenty of excuses. The question is, do the benefits outweigh the disadvantages? Of course, we think so!
“I don’t have time“, “It’s easier to use the gas grill“, “It’s always cloudy when I want to cook“, “Solar ovens are so expensive“, and the perennial, “solar ovens don’t work“. Yep, plenty of reasons are given by naysayers regarding solar cooking. REALLY!?
Well, we think there are lots of reasons to take up solar cooking. First, it’s great for the environment and a “big step” in helping reduce your personal carbon footprint. It’s also fun! Just chat with a few solar chefs and you will find out very quickly how solar cooking can become a passion.
As far as being expensive, you can build your own first oven with free plans and a few simple, inexpensive household items. As you progress, opt for a panel cooker that is very reasonable in price, but effective in its design and portability. If you have $100-$400, you can buy a very decent solar cooker and use it for many years (the Solavore Sport, GoSun Stove, and All American Sun Oven come to mind).
Also, many of the commercial solar oven manufacturers have programs based on their sales, whereby they donate ovens and, or, aid to the Third World countries. This is especially important in Africa and South America, where using solar ovens has the potential to save lives. Women, who largely search for firewood and put themselves at risk or rape or capture, will be able to remain in villages and safely use sunshine instead of unhealthy smokey fires to cook their meals.
And as far as solar ovens not working? Well, let’s see:
So, we know that colder weather is on its way back to our hemisphere very soon. So, don’t get cold feet over solar cooking. As long as there is good sunshine, even the snow won’t hold you back from making a solar-cooked meal.
There is also no good reason to have cold feet inside. The advances in electric radiant heating make retrofitting your abode much easier than in the past. Look at this:
Get out your 3 quart dark colored metal pot, and get ready to make a tasty meal in the All American Sun Oven.
You will need and need to (recipe):
1/3 cup your favorite tomato sauce
4 medium potatoes, quartered
1 package of polish (beef or turkey) kielbasa
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 tbs minced garlic
1 tbs fresh ground black pepper
4-6 mushrooms, coarsely chopped
1/2 medium-sized zucchini, chopped
Preheat your solar oven. Slice the kielbasa into 1-2 inch pieces, mix in all the other ingredients and aim the solar oven. With good sunshine, and temperatures over 300 degrees, this meal should be ready in 1/2 to 2 hours. It took us 3 hours this time on a partly cloudy day with temperatures between 260 and 300 F. We do not use salt to cook for health reasons, but you may want to add a teaspoon for flavoring.
And, wow, was it good coming out of the All American Sun Oven:
So, everything came out tasty and delicious, despite the passing clouds that caused the temperature to drop from time to time.
For those of you who really, absolutely, positively must have a fire-cooked meal, here is a solution. Try investing in a small but efficient “rocket” stove. There are many good stoves like this currently available. Watch this video to see how easy it is to use a EzyStove.
In our area, at this time of year, there seems to be a plethora of fresh zucchini. Friends that garden, as well as family members, all seem to have a plentiful patch of zucchini this year. So, why not take advantage of those lovely green things they give ( sometimes force upon) you. Of course, the markets are also stocked with them, just in case you cannot find a helpful garden friend.
Well, here is a simple and tasty solution for that delicious green surplus; Zucchini Parmesan Rounds. This recipe will take you only a few minutes to prepare and only an hour, or so, in your solar oven to bake.
Slice the zucchini into rounds and lightly bathe them in olive oil and then a mixed egg. Lightly your cooking pan with oil and space the slices on the bottom. Lightly sprinkle with garlic powder, then black pepper (my zesty friends use red pepper). Next, sprinkle a layer of bread crumbs and then spoon grated Parmesan onto each slice. Pop it into the oven and let the sunshine do its magic. Surprisingly, they come out moist and delicious.
And…an hour later with passing clouds.
We also used the All American Sun oven to bake some of these tasty slices.
Just another demonstration of what green living, gardening and solar cooking, in this instance, can do to make your life better. If you are interested in starting your own garden, seed your thinking a little. Visit www.solarovenshop.com
If you are lucky enough to belong to a solar cooking group, then you know the fun that arises when one, a few, or many of you get together and break out your various solar cookers and solar ovens. The fun really ensues when a crowd of onlookers and non-members shows up and begins to ask the predictable questions. Does it only work if it’s sunny? How hot does it get? Can I fry a hamburger? Will it burn your food? Of course, a gathering of solar chefs themselves is always a “hoot”. It can get interesting and, at times downright competitive if two people are preparing the same solar cuisine. Then again, we have heard of chili cook-offs being held most notably in the southwest USA.
Other solar cooking assemblies take the other form of teaching others how to use and benefit from their use.
Many of the manufacturers have wonderful instructional you tube videos that will help the new solar chef every step of the way. Check out this one by Paul Munsen of Sun Oven International, as he shows you the great features of the All American Sun Oven:
So much for the solar oven floor show. Now, if you want to continue following a green lifestyle, and own your home. Consider using electric or other (hot water) radiant floor heating. Its very efficient and gives a great all around warmth to most homes. Yes, it is still August, but, before you know it, the heating system will be on and your energy bill will be on the increase. Researching radiant floor heating and adapting it to your situation, is work a look. There is money to be saved, as well as the planet.
Wow, there is so much information and interest in Paleo dieting! It’s a subject frequently visited by health and weight loss sites and blogs. There is a good reason for it. So many of us eat processed foods to the max. Much of that is not so good for us anymore, so the experts tell us. And, so many of us have autoimmune disorders.
A brief search and read of Paleo diet information reveals that loads of dishes and their recipes, use crock pots or slow cookers for their preparation. That’s where your solar cooker comes in. So many solar ovens and solar cookers take the slow and even approach to cooking the food. So with Paleo, you might be interested in baking some gluten-free bread or cake. A typical solar oven, like the All American Sun Oven, is the perfect choice for this, since its temperatures easily reach 300 degrees F and provide a slower baking process. The results are always astounding. Food cooked with nothing but sunshine as the fuel.
Here is some valuable information about Paleo Dieting:
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If you haven’t yet seen the All American Sun Oven in action, here’s our version. It’s larger capacity oven chamber, as well as its features to adjust its angle, the focus “eye” and other features, make it a joy to use. From its easy open “door” to its “levelator”, the All American Sun Oven promises much and delivers same.
For today’s demonstration, we made a simple meal of chicken drumsticks and vegetables. Here’s the recipe:
9 small chicken drumsticks
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped carrots
1 large potato, diced (we used a redskin)
1/4 cup of chicken broth
1 tsp sea salt
dash of fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of garlic
2 tbsp of olive oil
4 shakes of Italian seasoning
First coat the drumsticks in olive oil, then apply the seasonings. Put all into 3 quart dark metal pan (graniteware).
Mix up everything and place in solar oven (preheated). With good sunshine, or even with passing clouds as we had, it will cook through in 3 – 4 hours. We refocused the All American Sun Oven 3 times for the best results. The temperature stayed around 300 degrees the majority of the time. Bon Apetit!
In 3 1/2 hours of good sunshine…still with passing clouds, it turned out great!
Sometimes using your solar cooker on a windy day can be a real challenge. Of course, that mostly depends on the style or model of solar oven that you are using. Certainly, some are more stable in the wind than others. Many box style solar ovens, like the SunFocus, All American Sun Oven and the Solavore Sport Oven, do very well in light to moderate wind conditions. These models feature sturdy aluminum reflectors attached to the “box”, and can usually handle the wind.
And speaking of windy conditions, many homeowners are discovering the benefits of a home wind generator. As of this writing, the 30% tax credit is still in place for alternate energy improvements. If you are sure you live in a windy region, a wind generator makes perfect sense as an addition to your home power system. In case you are doubtful about your local wind, you can find out how eligible your area might be for wind generation by visiting the government’s website: https://nationalwind.org/, or www.dsireusa.org. Many kits are surprisingly affordable, and may supplement your current electric and reduce, and in some instances, eliminate your electric bill. Look at this one by Aleko:
Many small wind generators, like the one in the video, qualify for the tax credit. If you are interested, it “pays” to do the research. Also, many wind generator kits only require common tools for assembly. Don’t let this blow by you, if you think you are a wind generation candidate.
Don’t forget to bring in that solar oven if the wind speed gets too high!
Really, if you are going to have an appliance when you “bug out”, a solar oven is a great choice. The new All American Sun Oven, has a larger cooking chamber and other new features. You can set it in some sunshine and, almost, set it and forget it. This box style solar oven, comes with loads of things needed for solar cooking, as well as a great list of recipes to get you started. Absolutely you can bake, boil or steam the ingredients. A dehydration rack is also available so you preppers can make food for storage. Fish, steak and poultry can all be made into tasty dishes in the All American Sun Oven. Its intuitive suitcase design and handle make it easy to carry anywhere. Check out this video and see how the Sun Oven can figure into your survival plan.
The All American Sun Oven, the notable offspring of the Global Sun Oven, the cadillac of box solar ovens, makes a delicious pot of chili. In this case, “Hobo” Chili, a new recipe that we wanted to try. The recipe was very simple and took little time to assemble. Hobo Chili, takes 1.5 lbs of lean ground beef, 2 cans of chili beans, 1 can of diced tomatoes, undrained, 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained (Ro-tel brand is good), 1 small can of tomato paste, 1 tbs of chili powder, 1 tbs of cumin, dash of salt and fresh ground black pepper, garlic and onion powder 1 can of water and a tsp of minced garlic.We also added 1tbs of McCormick’s Chili Seasoning. Mix everything together, very well, in your 3 quart, dark colored dutch oven and let the sunshine do the rest! No fossil fuels to use, no concerns about propane safety, and no hot kitchen since you are cooking outside. Discover the fun of solar cooking today!