Posts Tagged ‘GoSun Solar Stove’
For those of us who just love rolling out our solar cooker on a sunny day, it’s a feeling tough to beat. If you have more than one solar oven, whether it’s a parabolic, box cooker, electric hybrid, or the newest evacuated tube model, you are set to have a fun day.
If you’ve done things right, you already had most of your supplies and ingredients handy; the mixing bowls, spices, and all the vegetables, meats, etc. Next, comes putting it all together and placing it into the appropriate solar oven/cooker. Yes…it’s now time to let it ROCK!
Thinking of getting your own solar cooker? Don’t want to make the leap before further research? Try getting a book with simple plans to build your own here. Try it…you’ll like it, especially when it’s a hot and humid day and cooking outside with your solar cooker allows you to keep your house cooler. And, you’ll be doing your part for developing a “greener” lifestyle.
Some folks use a number of solar ovens and solar cookers in combination on a good sunny day. That way, they can cook and prepare the food for storage, or near future consumption or freezing it.
For today’s menu, we simply used the GoSun Solar Stove to bake the Italian hot sausage with peppers, onions and mushrooms.
Sometimes the food comes out of the solar ovens so well, you feel like applauding!
So, crank up your solar cooking by using more than one cooker to make great meals. If you fail to crank up solar cooking, then try a crank radio or flashlight. They can help you when the power fails.
Oh, so there are so many reasons people do not get started solar cooking. They get cold feet. Yes, there are always plenty of excuses. The question is, do the benefits outweigh the disadvantages? Of course, we think so!
“I don’t have time“, “It’s easier to use the gas grill“, “It’s always cloudy when I want to cook“, “Solar ovens are so expensive“, and the perennial, “solar ovens don’t work“. Yep, plenty of reasons are given by naysayers regarding solar cooking. REALLY!?
Well, we think there are lots of reasons to take up solar cooking. First, it’s great for the environment and a “big step” in helping reduce your personal carbon footprint. It’s also fun! Just chat with a few solar chefs and you will find out very quickly how solar cooking can become a passion.
As far as being expensive, you can build your own first oven with free plans and a few simple, inexpensive household items. As you progress, opt for a panel cooker that is very reasonable in price, but effective in its design and portability. If you have $100-$400, you can buy a very decent solar cooker and use it for many years (the Solavore Sport, GoSun Stove, and All American Sun Oven come to mind).
Also, many of the commercial solar oven manufacturers have programs based on their sales, whereby they donate ovens and, or, aid to the Third World countries. This is especially important in Africa and South America, where using solar ovens has the potential to save lives. Women, who largely search for firewood and put themselves at risk or rape or capture, will be able to remain in villages and safely use sunshine instead of unhealthy smokey fires to cook their meals.
And as far as solar ovens not working? Well, let’s see:
So, we know that colder weather is on its way back to our hemisphere very soon. So, don’t get cold feet over solar cooking. As long as there is good sunshine, even the snow won’t hold you back from making a solar-cooked meal.
There is also no good reason to have cold feet inside. The advances in electric radiant heating make retrofitting your abode much easier than in the past. Look at this:
In our area, at this time of year, there seems to be a plethora of fresh zucchini. Friends that garden, as well as family members, all seem to have a plentiful patch of zucchini this year. So, why not take advantage of those lovely green things they give ( sometimes force upon) you. Of course, the markets are also stocked with them, just in case you cannot find a helpful garden friend.
Well, here is a simple and tasty solution for that delicious green surplus; Zucchini Parmesan Rounds. This recipe will take you only a few minutes to prepare and only an hour, or so, in your solar oven to bake.
Slice the zucchini into rounds and lightly bathe them in olive oil and then a mixed egg. Lightly your cooking pan with oil and space the slices on the bottom. Lightly sprinkle with garlic powder, then black pepper (my zesty friends use red pepper). Next, sprinkle a layer of bread crumbs and then spoon grated Parmesan onto each slice. Pop it into the oven and let the sunshine do its magic. Surprisingly, they come out moist and delicious.
And…an hour later with passing clouds.
We also used the All American Sun oven to bake some of these tasty slices.
Just another demonstration of what green living, gardening and solar cooking, in this instance, can do to make your life better. If you are interested in starting your own garden, seed your thinking a little. Visit www.solarovenshop.com
The GoSun Solar Stove has a fantastic design. With its combination of evacuated tube technology and reflectors, it obtains 500 degree Fahrenheit temperatures quite frequently. With this solar cooker, also due to its design, high temperatures are still possible on cloudy days! Your choice, bake sweet potatoes in less than an hour, or hotdogs in 28 minutes! They were a bit toasty, so 23 minutes would have been about right. Its performance will truly astound you.
See how much fun you can have with your GoSun. See it below in action.
The unit only weighs about 6 pounds and can easily be strapped to a backpack. The reflectors and tube are easy to clean up and keep at the ready.
So, go solar cook with the GoSun and have some fun. While the food is cooking, and if you have some youngsters around, educational kits for WindPower are a great way to pass the time and actually teach/learn something.
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.
Solar ovens are meant to be used. So, plan ahead for the next sunny day that comes along. Have your recipe and ingredients ready for preparation. Get your solar oven out to “play” with it. Make sure it is clean and ready for service. Different styles and models of solar ovens require different cleaning methods. However, most manufacturers usually recommend cleaning the solar cooker with hot soap and water. No harsh chemicals are needed.
Cleaning the oven outdoors is usually easier with the help of a plastic basin, a sponge and some towels. In no time at all, your sun oven will be “at the ready” and able to serve you when the sun comes out.
Oh sure, we understand, many people will set their solar oven on a stand. That way, they do not have to stoop down to refocus, or stir the pot, etc. For those of us who like to take our solar cooker camping and hiking however, it is sometimes a bit much to bring along the whole patio and a stand.
Best of all, should you really not want to let the grass grow under your solar cooker, just make sure you mow the lawn! To be “green” about it, try taking out your new reel mower to cut the grass. You’ll get a good workout, get the chore done, all while your favorite solar oven is preparing some tasty food.
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.
It is a bright sunny day and you have your recipe, ingredients and solar oven all ready to make a great meal. The wonderful thing about solar cooking, is that it resembles using a slow cooker/crock pot. It is, in many ways, a “set it and forget it” experience.
So, that allows the solar chef to pursue a few other tasks and interests while the solar cooker prepares the meal. Many may seek to do some inside jobs. Others, like many solar chefs that observe a green lifestyle, may catch up on yard work. That might mean feeding and tumbling their backyard composter. Also, with as much rain as some parts of the country has had lately, it might present the rain barrel owner to empty/maintain it. Like using a solar oven, using a rain barrel is just another way to do your part for water conservation, or, not trying to be trite, help save the planet!
Give it some thought. It is so easy, with the green products available to us these days, like the solar oven and the rain barrel, to really do something environmentally friendly, with so little effort. Here is the GoSun Solar Stove making blueberry muffins while the presenter visits and reads. Just as easily, she could have been watering the flowers from the stored-up water from the rain barrel, right?
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.