more solar cooking

Backing up a little here.  Am using a SunOven (brand name).  It is certainly easy enough to make a solar oven, but when I thought it through (and had even gathered the parts) decided to go with this ready made product.

One of the nicest thing about this oven is the swinging rack which allows you to tip the oven for maximum sun exposure while keeping your food flat!

IMG_1495 sitting down flat for summer (northern hemisphere) cooking

IMG_1496IMG_1497 Tilted as you would want it at other times of the year.  This is about mid tilt, it can go higher or lower as needed.

IMG_1504 IMG_1503  Cooked wild rice in this blue pot today.  Most recipes are for white rice and say add a little extra water.  So added a little extra water, and after 2 hours, it actually could have used less!  Yes it took two hours as the sun was playing peek-a-boo with high clouds today and temps were up and down.

IMG_1501  IMG_1505 then after lunch put in some gluten free “rolls”. This is a Pamelas bread mix.  My sweetie had to grind off the edges of the muffin pan so it would fit into the oven okay.  Preheated the oven to 350F before putting in the pan, which immediately knocked the temp down to 325F.  A half hour later, found the temp had dropped to about 275F because of condensation on the glass, so left them for another half hour.  not really browned, and they probably could have stayed in there for a bit longer to brown a little, but are definitely cooked.  The browner ones are an experiment to make a cinnamon buns and taste okay as a sweet treat!  Just mixed some melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon together and swirled it into the dough. A little too much butter – is there such a thing?

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