02
Jun
10

Solar Oven Cooking…

It has warmed up outside and since we haven’t turned on the a/c yet it’s really important for me to choose my cooking styles wisely.  We have a propane stove so have the cooktop can put out a lot of heat and turn a cool home into a uncomfortably warm home in just a few minutes. 

I did a little experimenting over the weekend cooking with my solar oven.  I love the thing!  I did have to buy the refector separately.  If I had it to do all over again I would probably buy something more heavy duty, now that I know I will use it regularly. 

I baked a banana bread.

It turned out fabulous.

I also tried cooking up my rice for tacos in the solar oven.  The book had two different instructions for cooking rice, but since I soak my rice before cooking I winged it and made up my own instructions.

 

Here is my brown rice in one of the black pans that came with my solar oven.

Next I added homemade kefir and a small amount of water and allowed it to soak about 6 hours.

After the rice soaked I added tomato juice for the remaining water needed.  The label says “sauce,” but it really is homegrown, home-canned tomato juice.  Trust me!

I stuck it in the oven for 3-4 hours and it turned out great.  So great I forgot to take a picture of the finished product so you will just have to take my word for it.  We ate the rice along with our tacos made from local beef.  It was delish!!

I have yet to cook meat in it, but feel fairly confident now to give it a try.  I would like to try a roast or a whole chicken at some point before summer’s end.

Enjoy the heat!

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3 Responses to “Solar Oven Cooking…”


  1. 1 Roger & Brenda Lammon
    June 3, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Looks delicious!! 🙂

  2. 2 Tannis Boswell
    June 16, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I won’t be coming to your house next month if that AC isn’t on!! Ha Ha!! Just kidding!! Luv ya and can’t wait to see ya!

  3. 3 Gretchen
    June 16, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Not sure we have it down quite as cool as you Southern gals would like it, but it is up and running like a charm. We do try to cook outside to keep it from coming on anymore than it has to. The dogs would die if they didn’t have a/c : ) See you soon!


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