by Bill Sutherland
What would you suggest for emergency cooking in the event the grid goes down? I would need cooking capabilities for a family of six. I am thinking about a hot pot and some type oven. Any suggestions as to where I should look?
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Solar Cookers are excellent tools to have on hand for an emergency situation.
Of course we know that the sun does not shine 24 hours a day and there are stormy conditions as well, but when the sun does shine, why not use a device that will not consume your expendable fuels such as propane, wood and briquettes and save them for when you really do need them.
A solar cooker will cook pretty much any food you can think of and will do it well when you have an ideal sunny day.
You mention the Hot Pot solar panel cooker, an excellent choice for cooking stews, roasts, soups, eggs, chilis, chicken, rice etc. etc.
Of course for a family of six you might want to have that extra capacity that you alluded to.
I would suggest one of the box style cookers such as the Global Sun Oven, The SunCook, the SOS Sport or the Tulsi Hybrid. All of these can give you the capability to bake as well as solar cook your moist foods, similar to what you do with your crockpot.
Our solar oven comparisons page has some great information on many of these cookers and the pros and cons of each.
After studying the comparisons page it would be a matter of how much you wish to invest into a couple of solar cookers.
We also offer very competitive solar cooker pricing on our site as well as helpful information
I hope this is helpful information for you.