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Forgetting the most important part of the Hot Pot Solar Cooker

by Christa Upton
(South Dakota)

The Day We Forgot One Important Thing....

So today we were all set to make chocolate fondue with some friends for our picnic (at a lovely park with sparkling river and pretty trees).

Brought the Hot Pots, chocolate chips, cream, vanilla, strawberries, cherries, bananas, blueberries.... And forgot the reflector panels! Oops!

But, we knew the chocolate fondue had gone REALLY fast the first time we’d tried it. SO, we set up the Solar Hot Pots in the sun, put the ingredients in, and placed some boxes with aluminum tape on them behind the Solar Hot Pots. (I didn’t think to get a picture; I wish I had!)

And.... It still worked! The mixture was a little thick, but it did melt the chocolate enough to drag the fruit through it! (smile) The Pots were quite warm! It was more like fudge than fondue, but no one complained, and there were several chocolate-mustaches before the end. LOL

Oh, and it took about 90 minutes that way—with no reflector panels but just setting the Solar Hot Pots in the sun with the aluminum-taped boxes behind them. (And see Chocolate Sun Fondue post for the recipe—using the reflector panels of course!)

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Aug 02, 2014
Still a success
by: Nathan

I like the way you still made do with what you had to make it work, even if not fully to the level of your expectations.
It still turned out alright.

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