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Some easy solar cooking tips and ideas

by Nathan Parry
(St. George, Utah)

Deep Frying Wheat Berries (wheat nuts)

Deep Frying Wheat Berries (wheat nuts)

  • Use your solar ovens rather than the microwave to cook or re heat leftovers for lunch. Just put the cooker out with your food an hour before it is time to eat and then forget about it until you are ready for lunch and it will be ready to eat on the spot.

  • Use your solar ovens or panel cookers to cook up dry beans out in the sun all day long so that you don't have to use the electric stovetop all day long to smell up and steam up the kitchen with your cooking beans.

  • Use your solar cookers to cook up your food storage wheat, into wheat berries, which can be used in many recipes such as wheat chili, chicken salad sandwich mix, and as fillings for soups and stews etc.

  • Use those same solar cooked wheat berries and deep fry them to make crunch wheat nuts with a little bit of seasoning.

  • Use your solar ovens to pre heat water for other dishes and recipes, therefore cutting down the cook time required to complete the dishes. (We pre heat water so that when we get home we can add the corn on the cob or potatoes etc. and not have to wait for the whole thing to heat up)

  • Carry along your solar oven when working out on job sites, whether at the farm, out in the field, on a construction site, or even at the office so that you can always have a hot cooked meal for lunch or dinner, cooked while you work.
    (I set mine out in the grocery store parking lot to cook while I am inside taking care of my clients needs)

  • I will start my rice dishes cooking on the parabolic cooker since it is much quicker, but then when it is about three quarters of the way cooked, I will then put it into a pre heated Solar Oven to finish the cooking process at a more moderate pace, which helps to more thoroughly cook the rice and to avoid possible burning on the hot parabolic

  • Use your parabolic cooker's high temps to cure your cast iron.

  • When baking a pie, cook first your pie crust to get a crispy crust, and then add your pie fillings and return it to the solar oven to finish cooking.

  • Use your Halloween pumpkins for your own homemade solar pumpkin pies. Just cut them up and steam (cook) them until soft. Scrape the flesh off the skin and mix your pie filling with your favorite pumpkin pie seasoning.

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