Solar Cooking – Catching the Spark
I became interested in solar cooking – or at least the idea of solar cooking – quite a few years ago. Time passed and I was always too busy to get past the “just thinking about it” stage. Until last year.
We were doing craft shows every Saturday last year — outside and usually in the sun. And week after week, as I ate my lunch, I always thought how nice it would be to have a hot, home cooked lunch. This summer, as I was preparing for this fall’s craft shows, I decided to investigate solar cooking. WOW! Was I surprised! Not only was it not a new idea, it is a very old idea. Apparently this is a very popular cooking method around the world. But I had never heard of it.
I decided that if native women around the world were smart enough to do — then I was smart enough to do it too! There was just one little problem — getting Papa’s help to make a solar oven. There were lots of plans on the internet – some big, some small.. But he was too busy getting ready for the fall shows and he just wasn’t sold on the idea.
At this point, I wasn’t ready or willing to invest in a commercial product.
So finally I found a very, very simple plan to make a reflective oven out of just a silver windshield shade. This was my first solar oven.
The first meal I cooked was just a very simple lunch. I heated hot dogs in chili. Papa was really impressed with just this simple little lunch and has now joined me in my Solar Cooking Adventure.
I started this blog so that you could share the adventure.