Sunday – February 8, 2015
We recently purchased a Sunflair Solar Oven on Amazon.com. This one is a portable model, weighing just over 2 lbs. and folding down to the size of a seat cushion. It comes with everything you need to get cooking: 1 solar oven, 2 collapsible silicone pots, 1 baking/dehydrating rack, 1 heat conducting/baking tray, 1 solar oven thermometer, 1 carrying bag. The oven can reach temperatures of up to 285 F. The temperature varies depending on the season and location. Solar ovens compares favorably to slow cookers that range between 180 - 300 F or a stovetop that reaches 212 F (boiling) with simmering at 180-190 F. Simmering is a gentler method of cooking, ensuring more tender and flavorful food.
Over the weekend we baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies, cooked two chicken pot pies and cooked a meat loaf. Everything was cooked perfectly, using only the solar power of the Sun for heat.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.