Disaster Week with my solar cooker
by Mary Beth
I have tried to post this several times, but I keep having disasters of solar cooking experiments. Alas, I think this will have to be a “worst of” list instead of a tale of lovely recipes…
Worst cooking events of this week:
4. We tried to make lentil joes. My husband used the “fire roasted” tomatoes instead of the regular ones and then tried to solar cook it. The lentils did eventually cook, but it took longer than expected and the resulting dinner was spicy!
3. Tortilla soup – we tried to solar cook this with regular diced tomatoes since the fire roasted ones got used the day before. It was overcast on and off all afternoon though, so we ended up cooking it on the stove. Plus, we were unable to make the crispy strips that go on it, so it was bland from beginning to end.
2. Chicken - We tried to boil a chicken outside in the solar cooker and make broth. However, it is apparently monsoon season. It is really difficult to solar cook in a monsoon. Again, the chicken ended up indoors on the stove.
1. Pumpkin bread - I had made this recipe before in the slow cooker and I wanted to try it outside in the solar oven. I did, and it was awful! After an hour it was still so under-cooked that it was inedible.
Weekly rating: disaster. Better luck next time. Perhaps I should stick with baking cookies?