My blog posts have been sporadic due to lack of reliable Internet. I am working at getting that improved soon.
Last week, I decided to take the plunge and do a little experiment with solar cooking. I had purchased one of those foil sun shades for the Jeep’s windshield. I got to thinking about how reflective it is. Wouldn’t it make a good “in a pinch” solar cooker?
In the yard, we have a black metal trailer for the small lawn tractor. I set up a metal wash tub in the trailer with a small block under one end to place it on an angle towards the west. I then formed the foil windshield shade into a cone shape. This was placed into the washtub.
I wasn’t feeling horribly brave, so got out a small roasting pan and filled the bottom with chopped up potatoes, bell peppers, onions, and squash. I tossed the veggies with a drizzle of olive oil to coat them and sprinkled on some sea salt. The pan was covered with clear plastic wrap and set into the center of the foil cone.
I left the veggies roasting until they had only a slight crunch left to them. It took about 2 hours due to the size of the veggies. Chopped smaller, they would obviously have cooked faster. When I removed the pan, I learned rather quickly that an oven mitt would be helpful. Thankfully, I always have aloe vera on hand!
The results of the little experiment was that the make-shift solar cooker worked just fine. It would be an easy option in an emergency situation. We did have to accept that the roasted veggies do not get browned like they would in a standard oven. That was the only real difference that we noticed.
My darling husband is planning to build a solar cooker for me when we get a chance. He is planning to make it a combination solar oven and solar dehydrator. When we look at plans for each, we find that it will be fairly easy to make a combination oven/dehydrator.