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Some folks still don’t believe that solar ovens actually work! Look, you can research solar ovens on the web and find out all sorts of things about them; solar oven history, types of ovens and thousands of recipes. However, until you actually remove hot food from one, there’s just no comparison to that first time experience. Some say it’s better than sex, but we’ll leave that opinion up to you.  If you have access to a solar oven, whether it’s yours, a friends, colleague or relative. To see proof of how well they work, try this task.  One tried and true method to prove a solar oven’s capabilities, is to hard boil eggs. It is a simple recipe and well worth the try for you folks from “Missouri”.

First, place the oven (box oven or panel cooker)  where you know there will be plenty of sunshine for about 4 to 6 hours. In the northern hemisphere, it’s best to start cooking by 10am and finish up by 3pm. Of course, this varies with latitude and season. You should “preheat” the solar oven, by simply letting the chamber to heat up to near cooking temperature. A good goal is 150 degrees.

Next, put 4 whole eggs into a dark colored pan, cover them with water and place the lid on the pan. With strong sunshine,they should be done in around 4 hours. If you don’t know how to boil eggs or tell when they’re done, perhaps you should start on the stove top first before “graduating” to the solar cooking. When they’re done, rinse the eggs in cold water before you start peeling and eating them, or prepping them for another dish. Remember the old trick to know when they’re hard? The eggs will spin fast on a tabletop. In case they’re not quite done, finish them on the stove top. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get the solar cooking part right.

So, by boiling a few eggs for the first time in a solar oven, you have acquired that self-assured experience that solar ovens do work just fine. I hope you like hard boiled eggs!

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December 28, 2011 3:59 am