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We have mentioned this in prior posts, but since a member of our solar cooking group recently brought it to our attention, it’s a good topic to revisit.
THE WEATHER. Certainly you’ve heard the one about the weatherman having the best job in the world since he never has to worry about getting the forecast right. Well, those of us who have done all the prep work to get our solar meal ready often find ourselves at odds with him, right? Sure, a “partly cloudy” day can mean 20% cloud cover, or 60%, so your cooking time for a box cooker can vary a great deal under those “predictions”. Sometimes storm clouds appear much faster than anyone anticipates.
So, what’s the solar chef to do? Well, do your best. Make it a habit to watch your local nightly weather report. Want something even better? If you have a smart phone, try downloading a free app. Yes, like most things, some are better than others. PCMag.com recently did a great review of weather apps, and is a worthwhile read. No phone ? If you have access to a computer and the Internet, of course you can check out the apps and numerous sites in that way. We use a few and can recommend them: “weather underground”,” the weather channel”, and “weatherbug”. Each site has its various attributes, advantages and disadvantages. Some, and we’re not just including the 3 sites mentioned, are large and more technical sites. This affects download times and your device, and ultimately, your time.
In any case, whatever site you decide to use, we suggest getting one with a clear local radar picture. Why, you ask? Well, depending on how much time you have to contribute to your solar cooking, on a particular day, having some idea of how close a rain, snow or windstorm might be to your cooking site, is a good thing to know. Essentially, a weather radar picture will affect your planning /cooking schedule.
If you are hiking and camping, or are the survivalist type, you may already be prepared for oncoming bad weather. A good emergency kit or backpack should always contain a decent weather radio. This tool, will help keep you out of danger, and may allow for your uninterrupted solar cooking on the trail. Of course, the weather radio will still be a handy item wherever you do your solar cooking; the beach, backyard, or patio.
Some folks sometimes forget that, although the elements of rain, snow, wind & hail can affect your cooking, the seasons do not usually matter. Only a sunny day is needed for solar cooking. Check out this video from January.
Just remember to include the weather in your thoughts, before you set up your solar oven for the day. Weather it’s just passing clouds, a few raindrops or a tornado, it can affect your solar cooking fun 😉
Whether it’s the waning late summer afternoon sunshine, or the fleeting window of strong sunlight in mid-winter, knowing how to refocus your solar oven is essential knowledge for a solar chef. So, how easy is refocusing? Ha, it’s a piece of cake! Pun intended! To refocus a solar oven, simply watch the shadows around the oven and keep them even on all sides. This keeps it tracking the sun’s path.
The Global Sun Oven has a built in leg which allows for easy sun tracking. It is suggested that a refocus is needed about every 30 minutes for the Sun Oven. This also depends on the time of day, the desired temperature to keep and what type food is being cooked. The Global Sun Oven also has a built in “levelator” feature that keeps pots level in the oven chamber, thus avoiding spills which is a real advantage when refocusing. A different commercially available model, the SOS Sport Solar Oven, is cleverly designed to accommodate two different sun angles; a 30 degree for direct mid-day sun and 60 degree for low angle sun like early morning, late afternoon or winter.
Some solar oven models, such as the Tulsi Electric and SunFocus, have an electric backup feature. The efficient electric heater within those ovens, normally takes over if clouds move in. But, it is also a handy feature in case you forget to refocus, or were late in getting back to your cooking, etc.
So, as you can see, there really isn’t much of a learning curve with refocusing a solar oven. Paying attention to the seasonal changes and the sun’s angle are something that will come with experience as you continue to enjoy sun-cooked/free energy meals.
You bet! No matter what your cast, level in life, or how much you have in your bank account, there’s a solar oven out there waiting for you to use.
If you really haven’t got much, you may be able to get one for almost nothing. Citizens of the Third World have been using solar cookers of various kinds for many years. Collapsible models are available that, with frequent use, become easy to use. Haiti, with its recent disaster, has hundreds of solar ovens in nearly daily use. Natives of Afghanistan are also getting quite adept at cooking with sun ovens. Living in a war torn land with resource interruptions hasn’t discouraged those folks. Nope, they just keep right on cooking with free solar power. The Japanese, creators of such fine cuisine, have been introduced to solar cooking for decades. Now, with their tsunami problems, many have adapted to using solar cooking for food preparation.
On the other hand, even if you live in sun-drenched Arizona, and have oodles of resources at hand, you might find it exciting and practical to start sun cooking. They don’t call it the “sun belt” for no reason, right? Get yourself a Global Sun Oven and try a meatloaf, some chicken or beef stew in it. The temperature will climb to around 400 degrees and in a few hours, your delicious meal will be ready to serve for family, friends or guests. You may keep it out on the back patio, cook there and thereby maintain a cooler indoor temperature, by not heating up the stove.
So, if you’re rich OR poor, you can benefit by solar cooking. Find a model that suits you, or maybe build one from plans. Once you have it, start learning how to prepare the wonderful, tasty meals made possible by using our star’s free energy.
This is something to experience for yourself. The Global Sun Solar Oven, a superbly designed commercial cooker, that bakes, boils or steams your favorite foods alongside a homemade sun-powered oven that is busy cooking rice.
Now, doesn’t this just run the gamut of how simple, but practical solar cooking can be? Find a way to help us make solar cooking mainstream thing, and start saving the planet one meal at a time!
My wife has always enjoyed rice pilaf. It’s her favorite side when ordering at a restaurant. At home, she prepares it for solar cooking in the following manner:
1 cup rice
2 cups water
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 small clove garlic (minced)
2 small sprigs of fresh parsley (chopped)
“pinch” of cayenne pepper
1 Tbs olive oil
“pinch” of salt (or salt substitute)
For solar cooking, use your thin-walled, dark metal pot (at least 2qt).
Place the onions, garlic, mushrooms and olive oil into it and fully saute over medium heat on your range.
Next, pour in the water and other ingredients, except the parsley, and increase heat to boil for a few minutes.
Cover the pot and put into the global sun oven. In good sunshine, it’ll take about 2 hours of minimum baking time.
We often use brown rice, which may take up to an hour more and require a little more water (it absorbs more).
Open the oven & lid to check when rice is done. If so, remove the pot from the solar cooker, stir in the fresh parsley, then let it cool a few minutes before serving, even though your eager dinner guests might want it “rice-away’!
It really is! See how easy this young girl carries it in, sets it up and uses the famous Global Sun Oven:
If a kid can do it…so can you! Start saving the world one meal at a time. Using a solar cooker is an easy way to be green. It’s good for the other kind of “green” too. Start saving money, by using our sun’s free energy every time you use a solar oven. It’s all good fun, but wait till you taste the food! Solar ovens cook foods in their own juices, and thereby retain vitamins, nutrients and FLAVORS!
When you pull out your first pot of delicious, steaming soup from a global solar oven, you’ll understand this SO much better. Become a solar cooking enthusiast today!
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups peeled/grated zucchini
1 tsp salt (or salt substitute)
3 cups flour
3 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cayenne pepper (for less Zesty, use black pepper)
2 large eggs
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
While preheating the solar oven to around 160 degrees, first, mix together the eggs, oil, sugar, zucchini and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Next, add in the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Separate the mixture into 2 standard greased bread pans. With strong sunshine, the bread should be ready to remove from the sun oven in 2 ½ to 4 hours. Let it cool and store in aluminum foil. It’s a great year round treat with coffee, tea or milk.