Solar Cooking Benefits and Basics

Benefits-of-Solar-Cooking-GNOWFGLINS-800This summer I have been experimenting with solar cooking. What an amazing experience! We live off-grid and solar power is our only form of energy, so being able to cook with the sun in the summer months is a huge advantage. I don’t know about you, but I avoid using my propane stove and oven as much as possible in the summer — they just heat up the house too much.

The other options, of course, are cooking outside over an open fire (which I love doing) or using a rocket stove. Open fire cooking is not always an option due to the risk of forest fires in the summer.

Thus, I have discovered a new love: cooking in a solar oven! I love solar cooking for so many reasons:

  • When using the sun to cook our food, we are using a free, renewable energy source.
  • Solar cooking is sustainable and betters the environment.
  • It has all the benefits of a slow cooker meal, without the need for electricity!
  • My family and I are able to work hard all day and then relax with a delicious meal just waiting for us.
  • It is simple, easy, and achieves tremendously flavorful meals.

I haven’t been able to make fried foods in my solar oven, but anything else you can cook on your stove or bake in your oven will work wonderfully!

When cooking meat via the sun, just like when using the slow cooker, you must place your dish in the sun at an early hour, and rotate the oven every half hour to allow your meats to cook at a low heat all day long. I season my meat with minced dried garlic, dried onions, fresh basil, and homemade seasoning salt. I also add a bit of water to the bottom of the dish to create a nice meaty broth.

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3 thoughts on “Solar Cooking Benefits and Basics

  1. I have one but I have never tried it. I am afraid that the temp won’t get hot enough to kill bad bacteria and such. Have you ever had any problems getting the oven hot enough?

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