I have found the perfect summer and winter spot to set up my SunCook solar oven - on the wooden deck outside our bedroom Happy Doors. The side wall protects it from being blown away by the wind, and it is not too far from the kitchen - certainly no steps to have to carry boiling hot pots up...
|The perfect sheltered spot for my solar oven|
It's become so normal to use my solar oven that it's been a while since I last posted what I have cooked in it. So I thought I'd share a few - just a few - of the goodies that I have cooked in my solar oven this summer...
|Solar baked Christmas cakes|
Firstly, I made our Christmas cakes again - not only for the family, but for every neighbour in our area :) I think I made 14 in total LOL
RMan seriously enjoys a solar roast chicken...
|Solar cooked whole chicken|
|Solar cooked chickens are so tender that|
they just fall apart. All the liquid in the
pot has come from the chicken -
concentrated goodness that makes an
excellent instant gravy
I love that my oven is big enough to fit not just one dish in, but two or three, depending on what I am cooking. Here I made a pot of ostrich mince sauce for spaghetti bolognaise, beetroot, and a pot of tomatoes, from the garden - I always keep a pot of cooked tomatoes in the fridge - to make a quick sauce, add to a soup, or to blitz up into a dipping sauce.
Here you can see the pots as they went into the oven...
|The oven is large enough to multi-task -|
beetroot, tomatoes and a pot of
ostrich mince sauce for spaghetti
|Cooked by the sun with no hassle|
Following my honesty policy on this blog, I have always maintained that it is not possible to burn anything in the solar oven. And, as far as pots of food, that stands true.
But recently we experienced a heatwave. At 5.22p.m. in the afternoon it was still 38oC outside...
|The temperature outside at 5.22p.m. was|
...(and thanks to our double glazing) it was a comfortable 27.5oC inside the house.
|Thanks to our double glazing, the temperature|
inside at the same time of day
I had placed some halved tomatoes into the oven earlier to make sun-dried tomatoes. I was so comfortable inside that I clean forgot about the tomatoes, and they burnt!
|Oh no!! My sun-dried tomatoes are burnt to|
To a crisp! As you can see on the thermometer, the temp inside, even with the lid propped open, was at almost 150oC - at 5.30p.m.!!!
|A peek at the thermometer - and this is with|
the lid propped slight ajar to allow the
tomatoes to dry...
Far too hot to sun dry anything...
So, lesson learnt. If ever I sun dry anything again, I must keep my eye on the internal temperature. Until RMan gets round to making me a solar dryer, that is...
That is very high on my wish list. Very, very high LOL