Solar Baking for the Mainstream Cook, or, How a Sun Oven Works!
Bake breads, cook stews and casseroles, entrees, anything you cook in a conventional oven -- blance, poach, preserve, roast, saute, steam, sous vide, and sterilize your food, can be done for FREE just from using only the sun's energy.
It's hard to believe, but it works -- with temperatures between 300degrees F to 375-degrees F on a hot sunny day, 175-degrees F to 250-degrees F with partial sun and clouds, food is cooked slowly in a solar oven, preserving more of its flavor and vitamins -- and, quite simply, is a delicious and much healthier way to cook.
Cooking in a solar oven retains more moisture in the food than traditional ovens, so you will need less water in your recipes. For slow cooking (think, crock pot), place the ingredients in the solar oven in the morning, turn the oven towards the midday sun, enjy your day, and return to a hot meal, ready to serve. Staying home? Use your solar oven as you would a conventional oven. Cook morning till night (best times 10:00 am to 2:00 pm) -- for FREE!
Eating out is expensive. Preparing meals at home is a strong money-saving first step. Solar cooking would be the perfect second step. According to the US Energy Commission, cooking with a conventional oven and stovetop generates 10%-12% of your household energy bill. Solar energy is FREE. 55% of your energy bill is a result of maintaining temperature control in your home. With solar cooking, power surges are greatly reduced and you can see the savings on utility bills almost right away.
North America has more than enough sunny and slightly overcast days to make solar cooking financially worthwhile to you. Once your solar oven is built and/or purchased, that's the end of your energy costs. Most commercial and well-built home-made ovens can last up to twenty years with reasonable care. Think of what that savings would mean to your budget!
Why Solar Cooking? Because . . . you can
- Reduce energy bills -- immediately -- Cooking consumes 10% - 12% of household energy bill
- Reduce a/c power surges from heat build-up
- There is no air pollution or greenhouse gases
- Preserve nutrients in foods
- Stop overcooking or burning foods
- Cook in an odorless and smokeless atmosphere
- Cook anywhere in full sun or on most overcast days with 20 minutes of sun per hour. (Cooking times may extend but foods will cook!)
- Use solar cooking as both a slow cooker or standard conventional oven
- Adapt sous vide cooking for a fine dining experience
- Process rice, honey, and acidic foods, such as, tomatoes etc. and make preserves
- Pasteurize water, milk (important during disasters and power outages)
- Sterilize instruments
- Destroy insects in grains
- Dye fabrics
- Find your own uses for using free solar energy
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