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As an avid solar chef, sometimes it is really difficult to find that time for your solar- powered passion. Then, once you have found a few hours on a sunny day to create your newest delectable solar cuisine, it seems like the day just flew bye. It did! So, the answer is to “milk” out that time, that is; make the most of it. This way, everyone will have a better time.
To better utilize this cooking “event”, try taking only a few minutes during the week to plan your solar meals. It might be a weekday or the weekend when you do this. It will depend on your schedule. We are all busy people these days. Remember to jot down with the planned meal, any essential ingredients that you may need to pick up at the market. If you already like to cook, solar or otherwise, your cabinets and refrigerator are probably stocked with most needed items. Also, as mentioned in our previous posts, consider checking the weather report for the week to better plan your set up time for the solar cooking.
One other way to enhance the solar cooking day is to consider the solar ovens to be used and know how many will be at the table. If you have more than one oven or cooker, you can cook up a storm! Of course, depending on the other factors we have mentioned, which solar cooker you use for what food, can make a difference.
For those survival enthusiasts who cannot get enough “milk”, try out this stuff to get you through it.
It is true that, normally, you do not want to set up your solar cooker on a rainy day. We who solar cook regularly, that is, as regularly as the sunshine allows, try to be prepared for the next sunny solar cooking day. That merely means having some sort of plan, supplies and recipes. It also means making sure that your solar cooker is clean and ready.
Also, if the forecast says, for example, 40% chance of rain, it is likely not to be an all day rain. So, there may be a few “rays of hope” in that. If the morning is sunny, do your cooking then, or, maybe around noon. Of course there are always a lot of variables, like, do you have time to do that before work? Or, will anyone else be home to bring in the cooker should the forecast be wrong and a sudden downpour threatens your solar oven? However, from our own experience as busy people, we have found it often possible to squeeze in a simple meal from cooking with sunshine, even if it means doing it between the raindrops.
Sometimes it may depend upon the solar cooker itself. For example, if you just want to make some hotdogs, hot sausage, baked sweet potatoes, or an omelet, the GoSun Solar Stove works perfectly under these conditions. That is, due to its evacuated tube technology and high temperatures, it can have those dishes ready for you in less than an hour under partly cloudy skies. Look at the photo of wings made on a mostly cloudy day. Be sure, however, to bring it inside at the first raindrop, as it, like other models can be damaged.
If the cloudy day shower does not stop your solar cooking, then it should not stop you from taking a shower. Check out the available solar showers for your next hiking/camping experience.
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.