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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

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.

weather problems, solar cooking and weather

Quick, grab the solar oven, it’s gonna rain!

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. 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.

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Yikes! Today’s solar cooking is finished:(

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.

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Not every day is the perfect solar cooking day…

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 😉

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July 28, 2016 7:00 am

Sun Oven International, from Elburn, Illinois, USA, introduced the All American Sun Oven a couple years ago. Prior to its manufacture, its predecessor, the Global Sun Oven, helped fill hungry bellies and eliminate many wood cooking fires around the world. The overall effect of the Global Sun Oven’s use in Third World Nations is staggering. We may never know how many lives were saved by women and children not inhaling harmful wood fire smoke.

Women carrying precious firewood

Women carrying precious firewood in Africa


Paul Munsen of Sun Oven International teaching the solar cookers use

Paul Munsen of Sun Oven International teaching the solar cookers use

Sun Oven International created a greatly improved version of the Global Sun Oven aptly titled, the All American Sun Oven and has been marketing it for 2 years. Its fame has also spread worldwide, as many previous customers in countless countries have re-ordered the newer model solar oven.

So, what features does this all new solar oven have to offer its users?

Well, it has collapsible reflectors already attached to the cabinet, which makes setting it up a breeze. Like the Global Sun Oven, it has a “levelator” tray, better than the Global’s, and really helps keep liquid dishes, like soups, from spilling. It also has a self-contained leveling leg, making it easier to set up and aim. It’s built in thermometer is quite handy and easy to read. Sun Oven International also includes an eCookbook & Emergency Preparedness CD with some 600 recipes, with photos and video instruction. Now it can also be acquired with a dehydrating kit, which gives it so much expanded capability. The cooking chamber is also larger than its predecessor. Make your next solar cuisine in an All American Sun Oven and you won’t be disappointed. Bake, boil, steam…and dehydrate, the All American Sun Oven does it all. This solar oven is so versatile and simple to use, there is no doubt why there are so many happy owners.


All American Sun Oven on duty.

All American Sun Oven on duty.


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November 12, 2015 11:59 am

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.

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April 25, 2012 12:43 am

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.

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March 20, 2012 12:14 am

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!

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February 13, 2012 1:39 am

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

1/4 cup minced onions

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’!

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February 10, 2012 1:58 am

Here’s a few videos that show you what’s best about cooking with a solar sun oven.

Sunshine, fun, family & friends, good food. That’s what solar cooking entails.

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January 31, 2012 6:01 pm

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!

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January 30, 2012 2:07 am

An easy to prepare bread that comes out moist and delicious from the sun oven.


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

1 cup of chopped nuts (walnuts, or your favorite)


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.

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January 12, 2012 2:38 am