Not with the Sun Oven!
If you’re living off-grid or are interested in fuel shifting to an alternative energy source and perhaps lessen the burden of an ever increasing electric bill, the Sun Oven is a great choice! Cooking with a solar cooker is one of my favorite ways to prepare food! We’ve gotten many years of use from our Sun Oven as you can tell by the pictures! I normally use it just like a slow cooker. It’s the easiest way. I just concoct a stew, soup or chili or maybe a casserole of some sort, stick it in the solar cooker, aim the cooker about to where the sun would be at noon and I have a meal at the end of the day. And a pretty tasty one too! I’ve never had to worry about burning anything either.
Over the years, I’ve had many people ask about solar cooking in cold weather, as if the outside temperature will affect the heat inside the oven.
If you think a solar cooker doesn’t work during the winter because it’s cold out, think again!
Today I’m cooking rice and stuffing to demonstrate (since it’s cold out, I’ve got dinner going on the wood stove instead). Right now it’s sunny out, but the high temperature today is only 7 degrees and we have 4-6 inches of snow on the ground.
Actually, if there’s snow on the ground, even better! I believe the snow reflecting off the oven’s reflectors brings the inside oven temp up even higher.
The temperature in the oven got to a high of a little over 300 degrees. At around 5:00, when the cooker was shaded somewhat, I went out to check on everything. The inside oven temp was down to 175 degrees, keeping it all nice and warm. The consensus: the rice and stuffing turned out perfect!
Not bad for a bitter cold day!