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As an avid solar chef, sometimes it is really difficult to find that time for your solar- powered passion. Then, once you have found a few hours on a sunny day to create your newest delectable solar cuisine, it seems like the day just flew bye. It did! So, the answer is to “milk” out that time, that is; make the most of it. This way, everyone will have a better time.

Mexican Rice in Sun Oven

All American Sun Oven’s  Mexican Rice

To better utilize this cooking “event”, try taking only a few minutes during the week to plan your solar meals. It might be a weekday or the weekend when you do this. It will depend on your schedule. We are all busy people these days. Remember to jot down with the planned meal, any essential ingredients that you may need to pick up at the market.  If you already like to cook, solar or otherwise, your cabinets and refrigerator are probably stocked with most needed items. Also, as mentioned in our previous posts, consider checking the weather report for the week to better plan your set up time for the solar cooking.

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Kielbasa & Veggies from a GoSun Snow Day

 

 

 

 

One other way to enhance the solar cooking day is to consider the solar ovens to be used and know how many will be at the table. If you have more than one oven or cooker, you can cook up a storm! Of course, depending on the other factors we have mentioned, which solar cooker you use for what food, can make a difference.

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Serious amount of food made by 2 great solar ovens

For those survival enthusiasts who cannot get enough “milk”, try out this stuff to get you through it.

 

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August 11, 2016 7:00 am

For some, cheese is the world. Others can take it or leave it. Others want to move others cheese around…so they say. We find using cheese in solar cooking to be very useful. The dish you may be preparing in your solar cooker, has some cheese in it. And, just as in a conventional oven, allows it to melt its wonderful flavor into the other ingredients.

Whatever the main dish is, so many do better by adding cheese. You know, it’s as simple as cheese dogs vs. hotdogs. If it is quesadilla, chili con carne, baked lasagna or tuna casserole, the cheese sometimes just makes the dish. All these cheese masterpieces can be as easily prepared in a solar oven, as in a conventional oven. Cheese is really great for the vegetarian meals as well; think broccoli and cheese soup. This time of year, the real benefit of using your outdoor solar oven is just that. It’s outside cooking the meal and there’s no need to fire up the conventional oven and turn your kitchen and maybe house up several more uncomfortable degrees! And, need we mention it, you are doing your part of living a greener lifestyle, since the solar oven is a solar powered oven; no fossil fuels are being consumed.

 

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Monterrey Jack Cheese enhanced these Solavore Sport Mexican Stuffed Peppers

What egg dish isn’t improved with a little cheddar or your favorite cheese?

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Eggs, mozzarella, spinach & pork sausages by GoSun

 

 

 

 

 

What about you survivalists? Add some cheese to the dehydrated food mix and make the meal a bit more palatable. The solar cooker won’t mind at all.

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Chili & Maduros con queso from the solar cookers

Here’s a few other great cheesy dishes you can prepare in your solar oven: Chili Mac & Cheese, Layered Enchiladas, Hot Bean Dip, Bean Nachos, Baked Florentine, Mexican Rice, Cheesy Rice & Veggies….and the list goes on. For more specific information and recipes look these books up. For you survivalists that might think this is tough, please find this cheese as satisfactory.

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August 4, 2016 7:31 am

Sun Oven International, from Elburn, Illinois, USA, introduced the All American Sun Oven a couple years ago. Prior to its manufacture, its predecessor, the Global Sun Oven, helped fill hungry bellies and eliminate many wood cooking fires around the world. The overall effect of the Global Sun Oven’s use in Third World Nations is staggering. We may never know how many lives were saved by women and children not inhaling harmful wood fire smoke.

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Women carrying precious firewood in Africa

 

Paul Munsen of Sun Oven International teaching the solar cookers use

Paul Munsen of Sun Oven International teaching the solar cookers use

Sun Oven International created a greatly improved version of the Global Sun Oven aptly titled, the All American Sun Oven and has been marketing it for 2 years. Its fame has also spread worldwide, as many previous customers in countless countries have re-ordered the newer model solar oven.

So, what features does this all new solar oven have to offer its users?

Well, it has collapsible reflectors already attached to the cabinet, which makes setting it up a breeze. Like the Global Sun Oven, it has a “levelator” tray, better than the Global’s, and really helps keep liquid dishes, like soups, from spilling. It also has a self-contained leveling leg, making it easier to set up and aim. It’s built in thermometer is quite handy and easy to read. Sun Oven International also includes an eCookbook & Emergency Preparedness CD with some 600 recipes, with photos and video instruction. Now it can also be acquired with a dehydrating kit, which gives it so much expanded capability. The cooking chamber is also larger than its predecessor. Make your next solar cuisine in an All American Sun Oven and you won’t be disappointed. Bake, boil, steam…and dehydrate, the All American Sun Oven does it all. This solar oven is so versatile and simple to use, there is no doubt why there are so many happy owners.

 

All American Sun Oven on duty.

All American Sun Oven on duty.

 

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November 12, 2015 11:59 am

Some of us really love solar cooking, don’t we? Yes, whether you are a newcomer, or an old hat that’s been cooking with sunshine for decades, each one includes it in their own, hopefully, “green lifestyle”.  We search for new recipes like we’re hunting bear, try out new ingredients in old dishes, and, if we’re not too meek, invite friends, family and neighbors over to be the latest “guinea pigs” for our newest solar cuisine.

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We have become passionate about our solar cookers. We seek out new methods to use them. Some use them to dehydrate their food for long term storage in case of food shortages.  Some of us teach others how to use them in survival scenarios.

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For many in the Third World and other nations across the globe stricken by war and catastrophe, the solar oven is a life saver. Getting more panel style and box style cookers into the hands of the poor across the world is actually a mission of several of the commercial solar oven manufacturers. Much less dangerous, and certainly healthier, than smokey wood fires, solar ovens help provide the cooked meals and nourishment needed for so many living in impoverished countries.images[10]

So, why not make solar cooking your passion? It’s relatively inexpensive to get started and their are loads of resources, groups and blogs (like this one) that can help you get educated and launched into solar cooking. You’ll find how easily you can get “hung up” on sun cooking.

And, speaking of getting “hung up”, here is another way to live your green lifestyle. There are an amazing number of low-cost and clever clothesline/dryer racks out there. They make it easy for you to maintain a green lifestyle in just one more way. While your solar oven bakes the meal, you hang up your wash and let the solar powered “dryer” do the rest! Take a look at this:

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July 26, 2015 2:14 pm

Use the solar oven of your own choice to make your next meal of dehydrated food. The SunFocus,  All American Sun Oven,  SunFlair and the Solar Flare, can all easily boil water on a sunny day. Being so simple a task, makes preparing your dehydrated food packet all that much easier. In the following video, Mountain House Food’s Beef Stroganoff is the example used with boiling water done by a conventional stove. With the dehydrated food packet, you do not have to worry about recipes or ingredients.

However, Preppers, hikers and certainly campers have all used this, or similar products in their outings. So, why not take your solar cooker on the next outdoor adventure, even if it is only to your backyard or patio, and try making a meal using dehydrated food. After you have some boiling water from the solar oven, it becomes elementary; just pour the water into the pack, seal it for a few minutes and then dish out the number of servings to your colleagues, friends or family. Hey, it is just one more way to enjoy solar cooking. With an increase in power outages from storms and other natural disaster, you owe it to yourself as a solar chef to at least try this dehydrated food experiment.

See how easily the Solar Flare, a simple parabolic sun cooker, can boil water in no time. It is a cinch to set up.

 

 

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July 8, 2015 7:33 am