Posts Tagged ‘sun cooking’
Use the solar oven of your own choice to make your next meal of dehydrated food. The SunFocus, All American Sun Oven, SunFlair and the Solar Flare, can all easily boil water on a sunny day. Being so simple a task, makes preparing your dehydrated food packet all that much easier. In the following video, Mountain House Food’s Beef Stroganoff is the example used with boiling water done by a conventional stove. With the dehydrated food packet, you do not have to worry about recipes or ingredients.
However, Preppers, hikers and certainly campers have all used this, or similar products in their outings. So, why not take your solar cooker on the next outdoor adventure, even if it is only to your backyard or patio, and try making a meal using dehydrated food. After you have some boiling water from the solar oven, it becomes elementary; just pour the water into the pack, seal it for a few minutes and then dish out the number of servings to your colleagues, friends or family. Hey, it is just one more way to enjoy solar cooking. With an increase in power outages from storms and other natural disaster, you owe it to yourself as a solar chef to at least try this dehydrated food experiment.
See how easily the Solar Flare, a simple parabolic sun cooker, can boil water in no time. It is a cinch to set up.
The All American Sun Oven, the notable offspring of the Global Sun Oven, the cadillac of box solar ovens, makes a delicious pot of chili. In this case, “Hobo” Chili, a new recipe that we wanted to try. The recipe was very simple and took little time to assemble. Hobo Chili, takes 1.5 lbs of lean ground beef, 2 cans of chili beans, 1 can of diced tomatoes, undrained, 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained (Ro-tel brand is good), 1 small can of tomato paste, 1 tbs of chili powder, 1 tbs of cumin, dash of salt and fresh ground black pepper, garlic and onion powder 1 can of water and a tsp of minced garlic.We also added 1tbs of McCormick’s Chili Seasoning. Mix everything together, very well, in your 3 quart, dark colored dutch oven and let the sunshine do the rest! No fossil fuels to use, no concerns about propane safety, and no hot kitchen since you are cooking outside. Discover the fun of solar cooking today!
Enjoying sun cooking is just hand-in-glove like enjoying any sunny day…except possibly, for the great tasting food!
Just wait until you open up your first pot of steaming, delicious food cooked by our star’s free energy.
For those of us not living in the Third World, using a solar oven may be somewhat of a novelty. Of course, part of the reason for these writings is to inform people everywhere about the use and practicality of solar cooking. No matter where you may be from, the applications for solar ovens exist. We are hoping to make sun cooking a mainstream item. They’ve been used worldwide, from the jungles of Africa to the base camps of Mt. Everest.
Be your own green advocate by using one. You can demonstrate to others, how well they work. Just have them taste the results! This way you’ll be able to influence others through your own bit of a greener lifestyle. You can bake, boil or steam a wide variety of foods. Food dehydration can also be done with the solar oven. Another important use is water pasteurization, one that campers, hikers of the outback and many in the Third World have come to respect. I often wonder if, while having so much fun making tasty food in the oven, the typical solar chef ever reflects on the possible results of their actions. After all, by solar cooking, they are saving natural resources (gas, coal, wood), reducing their carbon footprint, reducing deforestation, and maybe saving a life or two in there.
So, if you haven’t started already, see about getting one of these amazing devices. You’ll soon learn to prepare many of your traditional meals, and, if you keep in touch here, we’ll continue supplying recipes. Yes, you can be greener and start saving the planet one delicious meal at a time.