Don’t Let Passive Solar Cooking Pass You Bye
The ease of use of solar cooking mostly pertains to solar gain within the solar box oven (type of solar oven discussed here). Oh yes, most folks understand how well passive solar heating, the concept at work here, is manifested. Ever climb into your car that’s been setting in the sun all day with it’s windows closed? Or, fry an egg on a parking lots’ asphalt? You get the picture.
Passive solar heating is employed by the solar box oven by it’s having a dark colored interior, preferably metal, like aluminum, which will also conduct the heat into the cooking vessel. The latter, is usually a dark colored thin walled metal pot with a lid. The “stoneware” or “granite-ware” varieties often work the best. The solar oven also has a double -paned glass or plastic lid that tightly seals against the frame, thus allowing none of the internally heated air in the cooking chamber to escape. Use an oven thermometer to monitor the cooking temperature.
The oven is placed facing the sun and left alone to prepare the meal inside it. How simple is that? It’s no wonder that this “solar crock pot” is becoming more popular at all types of outings. For many years, it’s been a favorite of RVers, campers and hikers, but now they’re seen at beaches, family reunions and get-togethers of all kinds. The solar box oven often reaches 400 degree F temperatures, so it easily bakes, boils or steams many traditional dishes. An added benefit, is its use to pasteurize water.
What a great, simple and enjoyable way to use passive solar power. The solar prepared meal is the proof.