Tinfoil and smores
by Heidi Orr
(st. george ut usa)
My story is pretty basic. The extent of my experience cooking with the sun has been wrapping smores in tinfoil and setting them in a sunny spot until they melted. Pretty basic! As simple as this may seem, it has fired up my desire for a solar oven. While making the smores with my scout group, I started thinking about how we have such an opportunity here in Southern Utah. We have so many sunny days. I started to wonder if it would be possible to cook more complex dishes in the sun. I started to research the possibility. To my surprise not only was it feasible, but many people in other countries did it daily. I would love the opportunity to have a solar oven. I am a chef by profession and the thought of using such a renewable energy source really excites me. As does the opportunity to experiment with different dishes.
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Most people I have talked to over the years that recall their first encounter with solar cooking was when the were in some scout or school program that made small tinfoil lined boxes for demonstrating solar cooking or using them around a campfire to reflect the heat onto the food.
That is a great start.
With a full scale solar cooker, whether homemade or commercially manufactured, you can really "cook up a storm" then.
We are having a big solar cooking demo. coming up on the 16th of April 2011 with Habitat for Humanity in St. George, Utah and we will be giving away two more solar cookers as well that day in a drawing and a contest.
Thank you again for sharing with us your thoughts and experiences.
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