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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Sun Oven

About a year ago, my aunt showed my mom how useful and effective a sun oven is, and last week Mom and I got to try out her new Sun Oven for ourselves. We made stuffed peppers in it and they were delicious.

Solar cooking is such a smart way to cook for your family if you live in a place with lots of sun, like I do. Instead of heating up the house to cook dinner or bake bread (particularly in the summer), you can take the food outside and let the sun cook it for you! This is helpful to the environment and easy on your pocketbook (after the initial investment). Plus, the Sun Oven has other really cool points, as listed on their website:
  • They are ideal for everyday use in your back yard, at picnics, while camping, or in the event of a power failure.
  • Even though it is called an oven, food can be baked, boiled, and steamed at cooking temperatures of 360° F to 400° F. There is no movement of air in the oven, allowing food to stay moist and tender and flavorful. Sun-baked roasts are tastier and more succulent, and sun-baked bread has unparalleled taste and texture.
  • Temperatures in the oven rise slowly and evenly, allowing complex carbohydrates time to break down into simple sugars, emanating subtle natural flavors. The even temperatures prevent burning, so you do not need to stir your food while it is cooking.

    And one of my very favorite discoveries: a sun oven can be used like a natural crock pot!:
  • There are two ways to cook with this great tool. If you refocus the oven to follow the sun every 25 to 30 minutes, cooking times and methods will be very similar to cooking with a conventional stove or oven. Or it can be used for slow cooking, much like a crock-pot. You can prepare your dinner, put it in the oven, point it where the sun will be approximately halfway through the time you will be gone. Leave, and come home to a tasty, slow-cooked dinner. If you run late, there is no need to worry; it will keep your food warm, moist, and fresh for hours.
If you're interested, check out the above website for a demo video, prices, and more information. (Too bad they're not paying me to be a commercial, eh?)

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