Solar cookers offer a wide range of capabilities even beyond cooking a few healthy meals each day. Solar powered ovens are a safe and simple way to cook without heating up the kitchen or using non-renewable energy sources.
You can cook vegetables, fruits, pasta, meats, eggs, legumes, and grains in your cooker to make simple, filling, and delicious meals.
They're also used for preparing fruits and vegetables for canning, drying fruits and vegetables to use at a later date, making ketchup, baking bread, making ghee, roasting coffee beans, heating up milk, pasteurizing water, and much more.
Here are some delicious recipes to get you started using this innovative and versatile tool.
If you'd like a delicious side dish to go with the pot roast, try these potatoes! Put 3 of your favorite type of potato into a dark pot. Place the pot inside the solar cooker and allow them to bake for the day at a temperature of about 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
What could be better than baked zucchini? Slice the zucchini into 1/2 slices. Put them into your dark pan. Season zucchini with olive oil or butter, salt, oregano, pepper, and garlic. Cover the pan and bake in the sun for 45 minutes.
Eggs For One
Butter a large size round ramekin style dish. Beat one egg with 2 Tablespoons milk. Add scallions, parsley, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of your favorite cheddar cheese. Cover the container and allow to bake for 55-60 minutes.
Put three cups of water into the solar cooker and cook until small bubbles begin to appear. Add two cups of rice. Cook for 15-20 minutes in the cooker. Remove after 20 minutes and keep wrapped for another 10 minutes or until the rice is tender.
You can also cook brown rice this same way by lengthening the cooking time to one hour.
Cut the roast into two or three smaller pieces to allow for more even cooking. Place the roast in your favorite pot. Add a package of dry soup mix or your own mix of seasonings, covering the roast. Cook in the solar oven for roughly 4 to 6 hours at a temperature of about 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Solar water pasteurization is one of the most valuable uses for a solar power oven, and is used in many parts of the world by charitable organizations. Water in remote and less fortunate areas of the world can be contaminated and dangerous to the health of the people who drink it.
Water can be pasteurized and made safe using cookers that sit in the sun! The bacteria and rotaviruses that make people sick are killed when the water reaches a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, solar cooking devices can be created and used all over the world because they don't require conventional electricity to operate.
Why not try your hand at cooking with solar powered ovens? It's great for the environment and it is easy to cook up tasty and healthy meals with a bit of planning ahead. You'll soon have more than one solar oven sitting outside waiting to cook your next meal.
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