Posts Tagged ‘Sport solar oven’
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!
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.
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.
This is an excellent video of how to correctly bake using dutch ovens placed into the SOS Sport Solar Oven. Very easy baking without using gas, electric or a wood fire. No pollution, ready for an emergency, and no burning of food. Try it!
It’s difficult not to have fun while solar cooking. Prep it and set it, then go do something around the house..or not. Return to open and devour delicious food.
Arroz con Pollo...one of our favorite meals. Check out this great video featuring the well-designed SOS Sport Solar Oven:
You may not think so, but we feel there’s not much better than a chicken & rice dish, created in a solar oven.
Well, I’m none of the above, and will not have this platform turn political or religious. However, I do know about solar ovens and cooking with them. If some disasters and catastrophes are to befall any of us in 2012, especially of natural origin, like a flood, tornado, hurricane or earthquake, then I feel certain that a solar oven will be a useful and possibly life-saving possession.
Whatever aforementioned calamity occurs and puts you through trials and tribulations, the solar cooker can be put to work immediately. Strength and health can be maintained by a steady supply of cooked food. Often, the foods to be prepared, particularly meat dishes, need no extra water added. The food cooks in its own juices. If fresh water is limited, or if concerns over its potability arise, the solar oven can also be used for water pasteurization. In fact, some models, like the SOS Sport, include a water pasteurization indicator in its kit. Sunny days are the essential ingredient to make solar ovens operate. However, newer hybrid models,like the Tulsi Electric Hybrid, have an electric backup system. This allows for continued cooking if clouds appear, but power is available. If necessary,you could conceivably prepare food at night, with a solar electric model oven.
Many panel style solar cookers have been used for years in remote Africa to help battle the ever present reality of wood shortages for fireplace cooking. More recently during Haiti’s disaster, global sun ovens were used to help keep surviving populations strong and fed. People were using solar ovens in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina did its damage. It’s also been reported that, during the recent Turkey earthquakes, TV crews filmed people using solar ovens.
Certainly, solar cookers can help during many types of disasters. But, if the real end of the world comes, I’ll probably be caught with my solar oven by my side, with its easy-to-carry handle and, maybe a can of soup. Let’s hope 2012 brings us all good fortune, a better economy and world peace!
Happy New Year!