Solar Penne Pasta
In the past, I have made baked ziti in my Global Sun Oven by simply covering pasta with a 50/50 mixture of water/canned tomato sauce, to a level just above the pasta. As the water boils, it is absorbed into the pasta, thoroughly cooking it. At the end, I simply add grated cheese to the top and let it finish in the pot, without the lid (GSO glass door ajar).
Today, I decided to try my Hot Pot Cooker on a pasta dish, for the first time. I wrote previously about rice, which was so easily cooked in the HPC, that I was actually surprised. Could pasta be that easy?
I filled the bowl with tepid water. Although I could have easily filled it with hot water from the tap, I wanted to simulate a camping-type condition. In the 11:30 am sun, the water took 50 minutes to come up to a very light boil. The pasta went in, and it took 30 minutes for the consistency to be right.
What was interesting, was that I did not rotate the HPC at all during the entire hour and 20 minute time frame, challenging the HPC's large azimuth range, which is one of the features that I admire about this particular solar cooker. If you camp, and don't wish to babysit your solar cooker, the HPC should be seriously considered.
If anyone with SHE (Solar Household Energy) is reading this, I will once again request a North American version of the HPC, adding 4 -6 inches to the back four reflector panels
It would increase the cost a fraction, and really improve performance for those of us above the 20 degree latitude line.
Thank you for your very insightful comments on the Hot Pot Solar Cooker.
I too have had great success cooking pastas, rice etc. with the same.
I also concur, it would give the Hot Pot a little extra boost to have a larger panel for use in the more northern latitudes. Maybe they will hear you.