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Oh the variety and solar oven designs out there these days! You can get a parabolic that will have your ham & cheese sandwich done in seconds, or burnt to ashes if you don’t watch it. The wonderful evacuated tube models can sometimes cause food to suffer similarly, if you don’t mind them. For some panel cookers, especially depending on your latitude, you may be waiting awhile for thorough cooking.  Don’t get me wrong, all these models serve their purpose very well!

Three solar cookers making the evening meal

Three solar cookers making the evening meal

With a double box solar oven, it is very difficult, to impossible, to burn any food. The other advantage of a big solar oven, like a box style cooker, is the generally large cooking chamber. If properly focused, and with plentiful sunshine, the box cooker usually only requires a few hours to prepare a typical meal. Depending upon the model, you can usually get a couple pots of food cooking simultaneously. This allows for bigger portions and servings for family and guests. This is an advantage not always used, especially if you may be hiking on a trail alone, on the beach with friends, or simply your back patio.

Stacking in solar ovens, solar cooking stacking

The Solavore Solar Oven goes anywhere and cooks a lot!


The other great advantage of a solar box oven, is that often the pots or baking pans can be stacked in the cooking chamber. For example, you may have a 3 quart pot of stew in there, but can also set a 9 inch baking pan, or cookie sheet into the chamber. It’s great! You can have your main course as well as dessert!

With some big solar ovens, like the Solavore Sport, three items, sometimes four, can be cooking: two, 3-quart pots plus the aforementioned cookie tray, baking pan, bread pan, etc. It’s easier than you may think to accomplish this.


Here’s how it can look in the Solavore Sport Oven:

In this oven, it’s easy to stack up the trays, plates, pots and pans. While remaining a light-weight and very portable solar oven, this model has a large chamber to cook loads of food simultaneously. Here’s how it all turned out:

So, if you have a large, double box solar oven, give stacking a fair try. Sometimes it takes more than one chance to be successful. But the rewards of cooking several meals at the same time are really enjoyable.

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July 26, 2016 7:23 am

1 – 4oz. Can of chopped Chilies (your choice of mild or medium)
1 1/2 Cups of water
3 cups – Your favorite corn meal mix (Jiffy, Marie Callender, etc.)
1/2 tsp – Sugar ( or half sugar, half cinnamon)
1oz. – Honey
1/8 Stick of butter or margarine.
This makes about 4 or 5 servings and will take about 2 to 3 hours of good quality solar cooking sunshine.
Begin by whisking together the water and corn meal mix in a large bowl. Try to get it as smooth (lumpless) as possible.Next, dump in the strained can of chilies and mix well.
Add the honey slowly by going across the diameter of the bowl several times.Pour in the melted butter or margarine into the mix.Mix everything thoroughly and pour it into your thin-walled black metal cooking pot, uncovered.

Use a spoon back to smooth off the top of the batter and then sprinkle the sugar (or cinnamon & sugar) over the top.

Set the pot into the solar cooker, aim the oven and, if you wish, check on the bread after an hour or so. Test with a toothpick or knife. It should be ready in 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Remove pot from the solar oven and let it cool for 20 minutes. Enjoy with butter and your best cup of coffee. Yum!
What’s really great about this recipe, is not just its great taste, but that it makes a handy, nutritious meal from mostly dry ingredients. That’s a big help in a survival/emergency condition.
My mother especially enjoys this recipe. She’s from the Southwest..uh..southwest PA!





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January 24, 2012 2:45 am