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Homesteading Test & New Ideas....

by Cookie
(Sanford, NC)

So I got into a lifestyle called 'Homesteading'. Lately I have attempted to make items in my cooker that only require base ingredients (just add water for example) I went to my 'prep room' and pulled a "just add water" blueberry cake from one of the shelves and popped it in my solar oven after minimal work in the kitchen and in 30 minutes, my cake was piping hot and absolutely amazing! It was almost gone before I could get a photo but I shooed the hungry men away. I know that, given a "poop hits the fan" situation, on a bright day, I can give my family a home cooked, (well, not hand made) treat that will lighten their spirits.

I am so happy that I found my way into solar cooking! not only is it free, it's so enjoyable that I can cook in it the same amount of time as I would my electric oven, and get more superior results. My food never burns in my GSO, due to the fact that you constantly have to monitor where it is facing. Though maybe that should be my next experiment....Can you burn something in a sun oven?


Solar Cookers are great tools to have for preparing emergency style, or simple to prepare foods as you indicated.
And we have found they do great with MRE's as well.
Just put them into the oven and when they have "ballooned up" you know they are hot and ready to eat.

If you like blueberry cakes, you might enjoy our very quick and easy solar cooked "blueberry quick bread" on our recipes page

...and as for your question about it being possible to burn things in a solar oven.
Most things do not burn in a solar oven because they cooks with more even heating and do not have "hot spots" like one might find in a traditional oven.
But...try leaving a tray of cookies for an hour when they only need 15-20 minutes or a pan of sweet rolls for two hours when they need only 40 minutes and you will definitely find that you can burn some things.

Thanks again for sharing your experiences.


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