Tonight’s dinner was pot roast, cooked with potatoes and onions and pinto beans. I soaked the beans overnight and put them on to cook at 11:00 am. The oven was already hot, because I had just taken out the peanut butter cookies. The roast and potatoes went in at 1:00 pm. At 4:00 pm, we … Read more
This morning’s experiment was peanut butter cookies. I didn’t stir them up myself — I used pre-made cookie dough from the supermarket. I didn’t preheat the solar oven, just put the cookies right in. One hour later, we had fresh hot peanut butter cookies.
Banana Bread! I love it. Rod mixed up this quick bread from a well-used recipe. We pre-heated the oven for about 30 minutes while he was mixing up the batter, so the oven was about 250 degrees when we put the bread in. It cooked for just about 3 hours. ( It might have been … Read more
Baked brownies today. I just used a box mix, prepared as directed. Cooked for 1 hr and 10 minutes in the solar oven. When we went out to check, we could see that the brownies were pulling away from the sides of the pan, crusted and beginning to crack across the top — signs of … Read more
Got up this morning and decided to use my solar oven. As usual, I didn’t pre-plan this, so everything was frozen. But I saw one lonely package of babyback ribs — somehow overlooked and forgotten by my husband the last time he fired up the smoker and fixed ribs (he did 18 racks of ribs … Read more
Did I mention that I baked cinnamon rolls last week? I wanted to try baking in the oven. I used a can of pre-made cinnamon rolls (think canned biscuits). It didn’t take long — about an hour. Then added the pre-made glaze that comes in the can. These were so good that even my husband … Read more
Just got back from spending a week’s vacation with (some of) my grandkids. The days were sunshiny and bright. I just had to do some solar cooking. So we made a very simple solar cooker out of a reflective car sun screen. This type of cooker is certainly not as efficient as other cookers, but … Read more
One of the things I am interested in is Emergency Preparedness. Everyone needs to prepare for the unknown and be able to provide for and take care of your family — first on a short term basis and perhaps even on a long term basis. Using a solar oven to prepare food fits right into … Read more