Before starting this and certain other recipes, please take into consideration the amount of prime cooking time available to you in order to complete the full cooking process. Some recipes require two or more steps in the process of cooking the ingredients and can consume a fair portion of your available ideal cooking time.During the summer time this is less of a factor due to the position of the sun in the vernal sky. Fall, Winter and Spring solar cooking require some adjustment due to the shorter prime cooking hours. For more advice and insight go to our Solar Cooking: When is the Best Time? page.
Solar Cooking Recipes
*Richer taste: Most of the time I will cook my beans for about 3 hours then refrigerate them and set them out to cook the next day for about 3-4 hours more. Allowing them to steep in their own flavor and juices for a day makes a more flavorful dish in my opinion.
**Dry beans of different varieties can be used in place of pork and beans from a can; they only need be pre-cooked prior to adding them to the recipe
Cooking Dry Beans
I have found that it is more efficient to solar cook all of the different varieties of beans, that I am going to use throughout the week and month for various dishes, all at one time.In other words cook them up and then freeze them in order to have them on hand and ready for cooking at any time.I will cook up separate solar pots of red, kidney, pinto, black, white and anasazi beans and then freeze them in separate freezer bags.Depending on the style and the quality of the beans and where they came from, the time required to cook them can vary from three to five hours in a solar cooker.
*Just as one would do using traditional cooking methods, pre-soaking your beans overnight can greatly reduce the cooking time required.
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