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Solar Cooking Recipes: Beef Stew

*Note: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.

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Easy Beef or Pork Stew


  • 5 Large Potatoes
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 small Onion
  • 1 lb Beef or Pork boneless ribs
  • 1Package Brown Gravy Mix
  • 1Tablespoon of oil
  • 2 Cups of water
  • 1Table spoon of Salt (more or less if desired)
  • 1Dash of black pepper (more or less if desired)
  • 2 Beef Bouillon cubes
  • 1Tablespoon Corn Starch
  • Dash of Oregano


  • Set out your solar pot to preheat with 1 Table spoon of Oil.
  • Cut meat into cubes, size according to preference.
  • After about fifteen to thirty minutes add your beef cubes and ½ tablespoon of salt into solar pot, stir to coat in oil, cover and let cook for about 30 min.

In the meantime

  • Peel and Dice Potatoes and carrots into cubes
  • Dice small onion (some like them cut larger)
  • Place all together into a bowl
  • Pour salt, pepper and Oregano on top of dice veggies.
  • In 1 cup of cold water mix your brown gravy mix thoroughly and let sit.
  • In the other 1 cup of water dissolve two beef bullion cubes and
  • then stir in 1 tablespoon of corn starch.
  • After meat has cooked half an hour add the bowl of diced ingredients all at once with the gravy mix to the solar pot, stir and mix well all of the ingredients together. Cover and let cook for an hour. Then add the bullion and starch mixture, stirring all ingredients again.
  • Cover and let cook for 3 to 4 hours (or longer if desired)
  • Stir only once or twice at the most during simmering process so as not to let out heat too often.
  • Adjust your solar cooker to the sun every 1.5 to 2 hours

Results: Potatoes and carrots should be tender, serve hot. Tastes like Dutch oven potatoes.

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