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With the large cooking chamber and rapidly climbing interior temperature, the All American Sun Oven only needs a little good sunshine to make a superb meal.

We have been wanting to try a recipe we adapted from the Solar Cooking Adventures book by Jackass Jill, for Layered Enchiladas. So, with care and a few minor changes to the recipe to suit our tastes, it all came together great. Some passing clouds extended our cooking time to 5 1/2 hours, but it was well worth it. You’ll have to ask our friends that shared the meal with us.

So, here’s the recipe: 1 lb hamburg (less fat is better=less grease), 1tbsp minced garlic, 1 tsp crushed red pepper, 1 small can of tomato paste, 1 onion chopped (as finely as you wish), 1 large can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp salt (optional), 9 corn tortillas (multi-grain works too, we’ve tried them), 1/2 tsp oregano (Mexican is good), small handful of chopped cilantro or parsley, 2 cups of shredded cheese ( we used “fiesta” mix, but cheddar works well).  First, mix the diced tomatoes, onion and garlic together in a large bowl. Next, add in the other ingredients EXCEPT the hamburg & cheese. This done will be the sauce. In your 3-quart pan, spread a tbsp of cooking oil, then put down the first layer of 3 tortillas. Next, put on 1/3 of the hamburg, 1/3 of the sauce over it, then 1/3 of the shredded cheese. Just repeat for the final 2 layers. We sprinkled a little additional cheese on the top layer. Cover with the lid and place into your solar oven. In decent sunshine, your tasty meal should be removed in 4 – 6 hours.

Yes, it all came out hot, spicy and delicious!

enchiladas from sun oven

Delicious enchiladas from the Sun Oven

 

 

 

If you like your food picante; that is, a leetal spicy, you probably like your water that way too. When you need hot water and you enjoy the green lifestyle, solar water heaters can come to your rescue. Surprisingly, with the correct parts, they are easy to assemble and use.

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August 7, 2016 7:30 pm

If you have been watching, or subscribed to this blog for any time at all, you have witnessed the power of sunshine cooking food in a variety of solar ovens and solar cookers.

It is important to remember that, while solar energy is sun-cooking your newest culinary experiment, other ventures in solar power can be applied to your lifestyle and, in particular, your dwelling. Solar thermal is one of the greatest ways to utilize solar power.

On or near your house, the solar hot water equipment can be set up to let the sun heat your home water supply. Different designs and models exist and are available at a surprisingly low cost. One of the more popular and efficient designs are units composed of evacuated tubes, the same technology used by a popular model solar cooker, the GoSun Solar Stove. The vacuum tubes trap a majority of the sun’s heat and transfer it to water lines and onto the storage tank. Many designs include piping the system into the existing home hot water heater.

Be sure to check on this yourself, but the US Government also can help you afford these items, just as if you were installing solar pv panels. A 30% tax credit was still available at this writing. Take a look at how simple and effective these systems are and how you may benefit economically and have most of your home hot water heated by the sun.

What a great combination! Using the sun’s free energy to cook you food AND heat your home’s hot water.

 

 

 

 

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July 12, 2015 9:11 am