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The Solavore Sport Solar Oven is a box-style solar oven. It is quite lightweight at 10lbs, but can accommodate 2, 3 quart cooking pans. If you happen to take your solar cooking on the hiking trail, it is good to know that the oven, food to cook, and pans can be easily strapped onto a backpack. You have the responsibility then to “find your place in the sun”. It is commercially available at a reasonable price, and comes with some great recipes.
As with many box solar ovens, temperatures can easily reach 300 degrees Fahrenheit. With our experience, the Solavore is probably closer to 250 degrees in our region on a sunny day. The Solavore also features the use (optional) of sturdy aluminum reflector panels. We find that, in our area, the reflectors do help keep the overall cooking temperature higher. However, it has been successfully used to bake bread, cakes and dehydrate cherries, grapes and tomatoes, without the use of the reflector. However, when preparing meat, when the cooking time may take 3 – 4 hours, the reflectors help keep that temperature higher and steadier. This is especially true when overhead clouds may come and go. See the video example below.
Yes..the Solavore eats sunshine like a herbivore eats grass. It is efficient and uses no fossil fuels to cook a hearty meal. The chef inhales no gas fumes or labors over a smokey fire. Solar cooking is clean, eco-friendly and fun!
Oh, it may take an hour or so longer than your conventional gas or electric oven, but the rewards are greater. For one thing, you don’t heat up your kitchen on a warm day. The food cooks in its own juices, retains vitamins & tastes great.
Of course, since the Solavore is fueled by sunshine, it also works fine on winter’s sunny days. In fact, its built in feature of being able to set it up on its short side, enables it to catch the sun’s low angle rays even in mid-winter.
Okay, so it works great. So, while it cooks you meal, at least in warmer temperatures, why not “swing” into your survival hammock. Try it out and be sure it functions properly if the need arises. Take a siesta while the solavore cooks your meal and enjoy your parachute hammock.
The GoSun Solar Stove has a fantastic design. With its combination of evacuated tube technology and reflectors, it obtains 500 degree Fahrenheit temperatures quite frequently. With this solar cooker, also due to its design, high temperatures are still possible on cloudy days! Your choice, bake sweet potatoes in less than an hour, or hotdogs in 28 minutes! They were a bit toasty, so 23 minutes would have been about right. Its performance will truly astound you.
See how much fun you can have with your GoSun. See it below in action.
The unit only weighs about 6 pounds and can easily be strapped to a backpack. The reflectors and tube are easy to clean up and keep at the ready.
So, go solar cook with the GoSun and have some fun. While the food is cooking, and if you have some youngsters around, educational kits for WindPower are a great way to pass the time and actually teach/learn something.
Solar ovens are meant to be used. So, plan ahead for the next sunny day that comes along. Have your recipe and ingredients ready for preparation. Get your solar oven out to “play” with it. Make sure it is clean and ready for service. Different styles and models of solar ovens require different cleaning methods. However, most manufacturers usually recommend cleaning the solar cooker with hot soap and water. No harsh chemicals are needed.
Cleaning the oven outdoors is usually easier with the help of a plastic basin, a sponge and some towels. In no time at all, your sun oven will be “at the ready” and able to serve you when the sun comes out.
Oh sure, we understand, many people will set their solar oven on a stand. That way, they do not have to stoop down to refocus, or stir the pot, etc. For those of us who like to take our solar cooker camping and hiking however, it is sometimes a bit much to bring along the whole patio and a stand.
Best of all, should you really not want to let the grass grow under your solar cooker, just make sure you mow the lawn! To be “green” about it, try taking out your new reel mower to cut the grass. You’ll get a good workout, get the chore done, all while your favorite solar oven is preparing some tasty food.
The quick gain in temperature of the GoSun Solar Stove, allows the solar chef to bake some wonderful things in an amazingly short time. If you want fast, this solar cooker can do it!
One of our favorites is using sunshine to bake our meatballs. Use whatever meatball recipe you may have. Just make sure the size of the meatball easily fits into the GoSun’s tray. We usually line our tray with aluminum foil for a couple of reasons, but the main one being that it makes cleanup much easier. It also allows meat juices to help cook through in a shorter time.
With temperatures easily reaching 500 degrees (F) on a sunny day, you may want to check and turn over the meatballs after 1/2 hour. With good sunshine, it will only take an hour to cook the meatballs. Take a look at how wonderful the GoSun bakes meatballs.
And…they’re ready! Just add a little of your favorite sauce and pasta. No need to heat up your conventional oven and unnecessarily overheat your summertime house too. Best of all, you cooked this dish without the use of fossil fuels and did your part for our environment. Enjoy!
Want to do some solar cooking, but the weatherman says, “partly to mostly cloudy skies today”? Your easy answer is to use a GoSun Solar Stove. This solar cooker uses evacuated tube technology, similar to its use for solar thermal water systems. On a sunny day, the GoSun cooker can easily reach a cooking temperature of 500 degrees Fahrenheit in only a few minutes! Of course, on a cloudy or partly cloudy day, the temperature may be lower and instead of cooking hotdogs in 24 minutes, it may take an hour. The great thing is, it still works! So, don’t let those clouds hamper your solar cooking enthusiasm, just break out your GoSun Solar Stove.
And what to prepare in your GoSun? Wow, loads of delicious meals come to mind. How about some round steak, well done in under an hour (sunny day). The Polish Kielbasa with redskin potatoes and onions (above) were quite tasty. If you are a wing lover, they come out moist and delicious. Roasted corn-on-the-cob, asparagus, pork chops, ….mmmmn, they are all great choices for a bit of quick solar cooking with the GoSun Solar Stove.
If clouds are in the forecast, this solar cooker will still do its job. It is very lightweight and a cinch to set up. You will find it lots of fun to use and especially delight in the short cooking time on sunny days.
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.
Oh, the mighty hunters have brought back their bounty, first from the woods, and then from the butcher. Now, we’ve got a selection of meat cuts to choose from and prepare this wild game in an acceptable and tasty manner. With our trusty solar oven nearby, we can’t wait to cook up some venison.
There is an important factor in making venison palatable to the masses. You know the people. It includes all those kids from the city, maybe your nieces and nephews, now sitting at your dinner table with turned-up noses. And, of course, there are adults who love slices of dead cows, but somehow can’t imagine eating a sweet and pretty forest animal, like the deer. Sorry, we don’t mean to offend or alienate anyone here, especially our good friends the vegetarians. They often point out how unnecessary it is to be a carnivore, and have contributed loads of great recipes.
The fundamental secret is in the meat preparation. Oh sure, there’s lots of folks around here (Pennsylvania) who enjoy venison without any special fixin’s, but for many people, some simple preparation is the way to go. Preparing the venison can be done several ways. One way, especially for larger cuts like roasts and steaks, is to soak it in milk for a day in the fridge, possibly adding a few spices at that time. Another method, one we prefer, is to use full strength apple juice. Others report that soaking the meat in sangria or just cold water with a dash of vinegar yields good results. It’s said the chemicals used in these methods break down proteins in the meat that help change the flavor. Another method, used successfully with venison sausage and hamburg, is to mix those cuts with their beef equals. Yet another way, is simply by using other additives like spices and rubs of various kinds (we like cajun) followed by mixing, cooking, baking it with vegetables to enhance the flavor. This method includes the example additives of, onions, garlic, peppers, and mushrooms.
However you choose to prepare your venison, don’t underestimate how great it’ll come out of your solar cooker. Remember, little to no liquid, like water, need be added into the solar oven. Slicing the meat thinner than beef cuts, or cubing it, say for stew, also helps it thoroughly cook. Venison cooks wonderfully in its own juices in the solar oven. Enjoy!