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Solar cooking - have you tried it?


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Solar cooking - have you tried it?

rworange | Sep 9, 2010 04:40 PM

It seems I've been stumbling across more and more references.

From this article, the art of solar cooking

"Reyel entertained the dozen or so spectators with stories of cooking a hot dog in a Pringles canister, barbecuing ribs sans grill, and roasting a chicken with only the sun's concentrated rays"

I'll take bets on how many posts there will be about the wisdom of sun chicken ... I estimate at least 15 %.

Thee article goes on to say

"But for those who do decide to ditch that air-polluting barbecue to cook outside in a flameless, smokeless, completely eco-friendly solar oven, the benefits are three-fold, according to Michaela — the air is spared, money is saved on fuel, and a solar-cooked meal is naturally tasty and nutrient-packed."

Worldwide, an estimated 1.5 to 2 million people cook primarily with solar ovens with a lot of humanitarian organizations providing kits. They discuss how labor intensive and sometimes dangerous it is in some countries to to collect firewood.

Hmmm ... I may have found my nitch in Gautemala. There's a lot of effort that goes into gathering fuel. The smoke leaves many people with lung problems. This might work well here.

A temple in Maharashtra, India cooks 40,000 to 50,000 meals per day, and saves about $45,000 in fuel per year

As to the folks in Berkeley, which the article is about, some have even made cakes. It is not a bad skill to learn if there's an earthquake or other natural disastor and the power goes out. Some store bought solar cookers can reach 500 degrees.
I was undecisive if this belonged on general topics orr on home cooking as it is a little out there. So mods decide.

Anyone tried solar cooking? Any taste benefit?

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