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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!
If you are a renter, especially in an apartment building, chances are your lease forbids the use of a barbecue grill. This is largely due to the fire and injury hazards often present with a charcoal-fired or propane grill. Oh, but not so with the standard commercial grade solar oven.
The great advantages to using a solar “grill” instead of a fired one in an apartment building setting. These advantages need pointed out to your landlord or property manager BEFORE you set it up on the premises. No need to rub anyone the wrong way, and, it’s best to be honest about the situation. We’re sure this will garner a lot more trust between you and the landlord.
Just emphasize to them that: 1.) Your solar grill does reach temperatures of up to 400 degrees F, but it is in the best protected hands..yours (covered with oven mitts). Also, the exterior temperature of the solar oven is at free air temperature, unlike surfaces of barbecue grills that conduct the heat and may burn someone who touches it. 2.) No flame or fire exists, so there is no chance of catching anything on fire and spreading the flames to the building. 3.) Best of all, it’s easy to see. It’s large enough that no one is going to trip over it, especially if you have it on a table or stand and are using the reflectors.
4.) If the electric or gas is included in your rent, point out that your solar cooking is actively helping to reduce that bill and in the long run, may help keep rental rates lower. 5.) You can only use the solar oven on clear sunny days, as opposed to barbecue grills that might be left working in the rain.
You may find your landlord smiling and using a solar oven before you know it after informing him of these simple safety advantages over a conventional barbecue grill. Who knows…maybe they’ll even change the lease language.
Happy Solar “Grilling” with the landlord!
Is it time for solar cookers to finally get their due by going mainstream? Interest in solar cooking has been growing for decades, but it seems to be turning an important corner with increased public acceptance.
There are more commercial sales of solar ovens at trade shows and environmental events than ever before. The National Geographic TV Channel now runs a show called “Doomsday Preppers”. Families preparing for varying types of disasters is the main theme. Solar ovens have been featured twice in this show which just recently aired.
Sure, and why shouldn’t they catch on? Anyone interested in saving energy, the planet and the money in their wallet, should be interested in solar cooking. Whether one builds their own oven from scratch by using a set of good plans, or purchases a commercial model, they are likely to begin saving on their gas/electric bill right away.
With proper planning, a person can use the solar oven on nearly every sunny day, and, many partly sunny days. Meals can also be made for future consumption. Dehydration of many foods is possible. By storing ingredients and keeping recipes handy, planning becomes easier for the new solar chef.
Help make solar cooking not just a barbecue “showoff ” thing, but bring it into the mainstream by cooking every sun-blessed day. The rewards await those who try.
For those of us not living in the Third World, using a solar oven may be somewhat of a novelty. Of course, part of the reason for these writings is to inform people everywhere about the use and practicality of solar cooking. No matter where you may be from, the applications for solar ovens exist. We are hoping to make sun cooking a mainstream item. They’ve been used worldwide, from the jungles of Africa to the base camps of Mt. Everest.
Be your own green advocate by using one. You can demonstrate to others, how well they work. Just have them taste the results! This way you’ll be able to influence others through your own bit of a greener lifestyle. You can bake, boil or steam a wide variety of foods. Food dehydration can also be done with the solar oven. Another important use is water pasteurization, one that campers, hikers of the outback and many in the Third World have come to respect. I often wonder if, while having so much fun making tasty food in the oven, the typical solar chef ever reflects on the possible results of their actions. After all, by solar cooking, they are saving natural resources (gas, coal, wood), reducing their carbon footprint, reducing deforestation, and maybe saving a life or two in there.
So, if you haven’t started already, see about getting one of these amazing devices. You’ll soon learn to prepare many of your traditional meals, and, if you keep in touch here, we’ll continue supplying recipes. Yes, you can be greener and start saving the planet one delicious meal at a time.
Doing your part to save the planet is a “breeze” by breaking out your solar oven. Most commercial solar cookers are simple to use and set up in minutes. Prepare your next meal (providing it’s a sunny day) with a solar oven and use the sun’s free energy to do it.
Keep your solar oven on a back porch or patio with accessories close bye. Have a list of recipes and foods so you are ready to get cooking with sun power. By using just solar energy, you save money and the planet at the same time. No need to use gas or electric to make a meal on a sunny day; just set up a sun oven.
Loads of recipes are available for solar ovens, but you’ll find that many of your own traditional dishes can be made in them. Since most ovens reach temperatures of between 250 and 400 degrees, depending on the quality of sunshine, it may just take a little longer to cook the meal (this concerns the typical double box solar oven style). Just think of your oven as a solar crock pot. The slow, even cooking allows foods to cook in their own juices. Healthy vitamins and minerals are retained this way. You’ll find less liquids need to be added to solar cooked food. Start cooking with the sun to be “greener”.
The resounding answer is YES! How much you will save is much harder to estimate. If you live in the sunny Southwest, much of Mexico, or even the Middle East, where sun-power pours down on the land almost endlessly, then, of course, you will be able to make great use of a solar oven. Using the sun oven more often and in its varying methods: preparing daily meals, cooking food for storage, or dehydrating foods for later use, makes saving money on cooking easy since the energy source is our star’s free power.
If you’re using an older model gas range at home with standing pilots, the BTU rate can be calculated for cooking use, say for a month. Just subtract that cost, from the zero dollars needed for using the same 30 days of free energy solar oven use. A similar calculation may be used for an electric range.
How practical is this? Well, we’re not recommending you get rid of your gas or electric oven, but by using a solar oven as much as possible, saving money in food preparation becomes a reality. More about this later.
How convenient is this? Again, we can touch more on this at another time. However, by keeping your sun powered oven and accessories handy, as well as a planned meal with recipe and ingredients, convenience is no problem.
Try using your oven for solar cooking more often, and we feel sure you’ll find a drop in household energy use, thereby saving more bucks!
The newest, and largest, solar electric (hybrid) oven is the SunFocus (TM). Manufactured by SunBD Corp, it has a large cooking chamber; 13.5 x 13.5 x 6.25 inches. Most notable, is its high quality, made in America craftsmanship.
With such a large internal chamber at your disposal, you will find it easily accommodates most casserole dishes, a pizza, whole chicken, or small turkey. By using those, yes..dark-colored thin-walled metal pots, you can prepare several dishes simultaneously with this “big boy” solar electric oven.
The most touted feature of a solar electric oven is its electric backup. Should cloudy skies befall you in the middle of your solar cooking day, just switch the SunFocus to electric mode, the thermostat will keep up the temperature until sunny skies reappear (as they often do), or, until your meal is ready. A solar electric oven is very handy in the portions of our country not so blessed by sunshine, like New York and Pennsylvania. The highly efficient electric element within it operates on just a few pennies (uses 75% less electric than a traditional electric oven). It comes with side reflectors to increase cooking temperatures while using it as a normal solar oven. Temperatures of 400 degrees F are possible without the electric backup.
Like other solar cookers, the SunFocus uses a clever suitcase design with a carrying handle which makes it portable and easy to store. Remember, any solar oven may be a lifesaver during an emergency or catastrophe.
Just as important as prepping the solar oven on a sunny day, or gathering the right ingredients, taking care to have the proper accessories on hand will help ensure a successful culinary venture every time. By selecting the proper cookware, having a good thermometer, using oven mitts, and a dedicated set of utensils, great results do happen. Use the following information when preparing your next meal in a box or panel style oven. Some information also applies to parabolic models.
High on the accessory priority list is a set of solar oven friendly cookware. Choose dark colored pots and pans, preferably black, brown or blue, that are constructed of thin-walled metal. This enhances heat absorption and results in faster cooking times. Be sure to get lids when buying cookware, since they are often sold without them. Try to avoid shiny aluminum or stainless steel cookware, since sun power reflects away from them. Look for glass cookware, or stoneware and graniteware labels. It is very helpful to know the dimensions of the solar oven’s cooking chamber before selecting cookware. This way, a proper fit of pots and pans can be made allowing for multiple course meal preparation.
Also of high importance, is having a reliable thermometer. Many commercial models include them. However, having a good thermometer is essential because it helps gauge cooking time, which is very dependent upon the quality of sunshine. A quick glance at the thermometer allows for checking the oven chamber temperature. Get a good thermometer at a hardware or department store. Also recommended is a meat thermometer, since it checks the specific food temperature and helps verify safe cooking.
Even a novice solar chef knows enough to use oven mitts. Solar ovens often reach 400 degree temperatures, so it only makes sense to don a pair of mitts before reaching inside to adjust a pan, or add something to a pot. When lifting a lids, avoid leaning over pots, as the food inside them may still be boiling, steaming or splattering. Remember that a solar oven really is just another kind of oven!
Utensils are often under-rated. Many times the cook’s favorite dishes help determine what utensils should be dedicated for solar cooking, whether they are kept separately in a drawer or box. If the cook makes lots of soup and stew, then a good quality ladle is essential. For meat dishes, having the right knife is important, as is the proper serving knife for baked items. By having a clean and ready set of utensils, much frustration can be avoided.
If a table or stand is used, caution must be taken to keep it level. Some solar oven models have built-in levelers and most are meant to be used right on the ground. With the food inside and cooking, take special care when refocusing the sun cooker on a table, there is a chance of it falling or a meal-ruining spill happening. Also, bear in mind that the table must be strong enough to support the solar oven containing its load of cookware and food.
Solar oven accessories really can make a difference in successful meal preparation. By regularly using this advice with a box or panel style oven, a new solar cook will likely have better culinary results. Being equipped with the right accessories of cookware, thermometers and oven mitts helps ensure this. With more experience, anyone with culinary-minded enthusiasm will graduate to the safe, environmentally-friendly, go anywhere, cook anything realm of the solar chef.
Why I got into solar ovens, had to due with the desire to move out of my current business. I’ve been in rental real estate for over 20 yrs and, due to the downturn of the economic climate, was concerned over the longevity of my business, even though we’re pretty well established. Also, I’ve been a licensed PA property and casualty insurance agent for decades, but have grown bored and frustrated with the legal entanglements that sometimes influence that industry. My other work as a movie theater projectionist was also beginning to test me, as the late and weekend hours began to wear on me. I’ve been a projectionist since I was 18 yrs old.
I have had an interest in solar energy use for a long time, and thought of it as a possible business for me over the last several years. As those applications on real property could have cost saving benefits on electric and hot water use. However, I’ve been forced to make a living by continuing with the real estate/insurance work. Recently, I sold off a few properties and launched the solar oven business.
Why solar ovens? For decades I’ve watched the growth of other solar energy applications such as in photovoltaics and wind. In fact, when I was in the military in the mid-70’s, I worked with instruments using PV technology and solar radiation measurement. Being grounded by working with this equipment also helped spark my interest in solar energy use.
Solar ovens were always a part of that mix. A few years ago, I used some plans I obtained on the Internet to construct a simple box oven model. I discovered then as to how well they work and caught the solar oven bug. My brother had a sideline business selling goods at flea markets, etc. So, it was a natural step to market the solar ovens with some success. Once, I established commercial suppliers for the solar ovens, the next logical step was to do internet marketing. Thus, SolarOvenShop.com was born last year.
We have tried to offer the highest quality, commercially available oven on the website. They are all of the box oven design. Our newest model, the SunFocus, which is manufactured in the USA by SunBd Corp., has a huge cooking chamber. You can roast a holiday turkey in it! With its backup electric feature, cloudy days can still make for a good solar oven cooking day. We also offer 2 well-designed ovens that have been available for decades; that is, the Global Sun Oven and the SOS Sport. They operate very well by simply using our star’s free energy and often reach temperatures in the 300 to 400 degree range on a clear sunny day. On the site, we simplify ordering and check0ut by including shipping with the order (within the continental US). This helps us keep our prices low and remain competitive.
Our near future plans include several new products. Soon, we will be offering panel style solar cookers, which are more portable and great for hikers. Also, we want to offer a parabolic model cooker. This style can reach temperatures of over 1000 degrees and allows for fried food preparation. We want to put our own solar box design plans on the site and also offer models for food dehydration and water purification. Finally, we are compiling our own solar cookbook and hope have it available by spring 2012.
We have also established our own blog, solarovenshopblog.com, where we will be sharing our knowledge of solar cooking with the world. Since blogs encourage feedback, we’ll be able to highlight many new recipes this way. It’s all about making the solar oven learning experience more “palatable“. Solar cooking one of the easiest ways to be “green” and enjoy the results at the same time.
Wishing You Sunny Smiles,