Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Busy Day of Solar Cooking

It was a beautiful sunny day and I was able to make the most of it. I put the Sun Oven out first thing so it would be ready to go as early as possible. For starters Martin had a Trader Joe's chocolate croissant. He remembered to take it out of the freezer before going to bed last night and it was deliciously golden brown in time for his (late) breakfast.

Next up were the pumpkin muffins, and this time no mix! I made them entirely from scratch using a recipe I found at allrecipes.com. With a little bit of creativity I managed to fit two muffin pans in the Sun Oven at once. Who knew that canning jar rings could be so versatile? Even though I cut the recipe in half it still yielded two dozen muffins, but with only two muffin pans I had to bake two batches. I froze most of them. It's a good recipe, low in fat, and the muffins were moist and tasty. I used a little less sugar than called for and they and would cut back even more next time.

Finally we have a batch of BBQ chicken legs. They're easy to prepare and cook quickly. I'll have a few for dinner while Martin is out with the boys.

Going into my sixth month I'm still amazed at how much I can get out of this small, odd looking, little appliance and the power of the sun.


  1. Great solution for the double-decker muffin tins! Congratulations. I love a full day of solar cooking. It's very hard for us in NC, right now, because the sun is so low; but, it still works great.

  2. Hi,
    Great idea to start a blog to show me and many others that cooking with the sun is fun.
    The meals you made looks yammie yammie :)
    I also want to buy a solar oven.
    I already found a seller here in europe.
    The only thing I cant find is a seller who
    sells pots, muffinplates etc for the solar cooker.
    If you know one (usa is no problem) can you sent an email.


    Thanks in advance

    Wish you a lot of solar cooking fun

  3. Hi,

    I get most of my pots from second hand stores. Any dark (not shiny) pot will work. I use both light weight, enameled cook ware and heavy cast iron. Cooking times are a bit longer with the cast iron pots. Pretty much anything that will fit in the Sun Oven will work. If you absolutely have to use a shiny stainless steel pot just cover it with a dish towel, the towel will not catch on fire. Good luck!