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All of us want to be happy in one way or another. We like to share a way of happiness that we regularly enjoy. Solar cooking!
There’s just nothing like sun cooking. Many solar cooking enthusiasts have more than one solar oven or cooker. They enjoy every sunny day they can and end up with a delicious meal to boot!
Some solar cookers even work well on cloudy days, and others have electric backup systems so that a few clouds don’t ruin your outdoor cooking fun.
Bake chicken, or any variety of meats in any variety or combination of solar ovens. How about a veggie medley for vegans?
Food makes us happy in so many ways. It gives us the energy we need daily. So, why not use free energy from the sun to make your next meal?
You can purchase or make a solar oven or solar cooker. Just read more of these posts to keep informed about using them.
It may be your new path to a creative form of happiness. Enjoy!
What can’t you cook with your solar stove? Maybe you’ve found yourself “lost” with where to go with your solar cooking. You have tried this dish or that one, baked breads and some soup. So , what’s next?
After all, there are so many ways to use one. Also, you should consider the different solar cooker designs. Is it parabolic, evacuated tube, box cooker or panel cooker? If you have several models, then the fun really begins with your solar powered ovens. Maybe you use several and prepare a great solar feast for family and friends. Of course, that’s another relevant concern; the number of folks that need fed on that bright sunny solar cooking day.
Use your solar cookers in different ways. You can bake, boil, steam and dehydrate many kinds of food with them. Perhaps you have concerns over healthy food choices, or want to prepare vegetarian meals. You can do this with a solar oven. Most double box solar ovens work similarly to a slow cooker (crock pot). It may take hours to to prepare solar cuisine in them, but usually, it’s well worth the wait, because the foods cook in their own juices. The result is great flavor!
With a parabolic cooker, your soup or meal may take only a few minutes! You will need to be a wary solar chef and keep your eye on the meal as the sun rapidly cooks the food. The evacuated tube model cookers are wonderful. Your meal usually doesn’t take more than an hour to prepare in good sunshine. Hotdogs, vegetables, and other light foods may only need a 30 minutes or less. You can easily warm up leftovers in these very efficient models. The really great thing about your outdoor solar oven, is that it becomes your way of being “green”, without much effort.
Portability is another important factor in using your solar cookers. Some box cookers weigh many times as much as a few evacuated tube cookers and panel cookers. So, if you are hiking or camping, weight may become an issue. Maybe you are a survivalist; a “prepper”. So many of these folks are using solar cookers and solar ovens because they realize how practical they are in an emergency situation.
Oh yes, it’s easy to get confused about the direction you want to take with solar cooking. Why? Because there are just so many wonderful choices! Follow your own path to making some great solar dishes. If you really get “lost” out there, maybe you only need a better compass.
The GoSun Solar Stove is a versatile and fast solar oven, especially when sunshine is in great supply. Since it reaches temperatures well over 450 degrees F under such conditions, it takes no time at all to prepare many dishes, like chicken wings. Simply clean and lightly prep the wings and place them into the GoSun tray. Slide it in and let it go! In good sunshine, you will want to check them in about a half hour to see how they’re coming along. At that time also, you may want to add in the particular flavor you are aiming for, like butter garlic.
Hey, and speaking of flying away, while the wings are “grounded” and the GoSun transforms them into your delicious meal, just go fly a kite! No kidding! Here’s where you can get an excellent starter kite that will allow you, children or friends to have a blast while the GoSun Solar Stove does its thing.
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!
Spring is here and, with more sunshine, the solar oven will be out there more often performing its wonderful job. The following recipe is simple to put together in your dark colored thin-walled metal pot. Once everything is mixed together, you really don’t need to check it until it’s “done”, unless you’re me and like to stir it at least once after a couple hours in the sun.
1 cup chicken broth
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 tsp salt (or salt substitute)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or a few dashes of Tabasco,or black pepper)
1 cup of frozen mixed vegetables (peas,beans, carrots, broccoli, etc.)
1 cup water
2 boneless chicken breasts (cut up & mixed into everything)
1 tsp minced garlic
Just mix everything thoroughly in the metal pot (3 qt “stoneware”), put into your solar oven for at least 3 hours of good sun and at least 220 degrees F. It makes a tasty meal of 6 servings. Enjoy!
Yes, maybe it’s still winter, but why not plan ahead for a summertime backyard bash? You can make barbecued chicken in a solar oven and shock those friends who may be expecting the same carcinogen– flavored meal. Check out this recipe:
2 Tbs ketchup
2 Tbs mustard
3 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp red or cayenne pepper(or freshly ground black)
“pinch” of cumin
2 Tbs molasses
approximately 2 lbs boneless & skinless chicken breasts or thighs
First, wash off the chicken as usual, in cold water, then pat dry by using a paper towel. Place it in a thin-walled dark metal covered roaster pan (2 – 3 quart) for 1 to 1 1/2 hours of good quality sunshine. Quickly remove it from the chamber and pour off the liquid. Next, mix all the ingredients for the glaze in a bowl first, before spreading it completely over both sides of the chicken parts. Put it back into the covered pot for another hour, or so. Remove your hot and steaming “masterpiece” for all to enjoy.
A great side dish for this is roasted corn on the cob, which can be simultaneously prepared with the chicken in the solar oven chamber.