(St. George, Utah)
I did not fully realize how much I truly love the warmth and goodness of the sun until I started solar cooking. I have become very aware of the sunshine and cloud cover over the past few months. Each day as I am busy taking care of my family I have found myself noticing if it is sunny and if it is I stop what I am doing to set out my Sun Oven. I have enjoyed the experience and new hobby of solar cooking.
I would never have thought to learn this art in the fall/winter could be so successful. Although I am yet brave enough to cook a roast or turkey, I have tried cooking and reheating several other things and have found the opportunity to be surprisingly successful. Overall I am just so grateful to live in a place that has so many sunny days and even if my neighbors think I am a bit strange when every sunny day I am out practicing my solar cooking, I couldn't be more happy to be learning! We'll see if it is all that strange when one of these days the power is out and my family will be the only one in the neighborhood who will still be eating a warm dinner and hot cookies for dessert!
Your thoughts and comments give you away, you sound like a true "solar cook".
All of your observations with regards to solar cooking are "spot on".
You are correct, wintertime solar cooking is different, but never impossible. You, just have to "pick and choose" the right foods for such short winter days.
I personally never care if the "neighbors", or any others think that I might be strange, I solar cook all of the time, whenever and where ever I can.
...I am the eccentric guy in my neighborhood anyway ;)
Everyone knows where to come if the power goes out for an extended period of time...and I have plenty of solar cookers that they can buy ;)
Thank you for sharing.
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