on June 21, 2010 by

Cooking with the Sun

A Solar Oven in Action. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

A Solar Oven in Action. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Happy Summer Solstice!

Since today is both the beginning of summer, and the longest day of the year, we thought we’d share with you our favorite sunshine fueled cooking idea – the solar oven! This simple cooking method is powered by little more than some reflective material and a nice sunny day.

Although the solar oven was once thought of just a quirky science project, these ovens are gaining respect around the world as they provide a straight forward cooking solution in areas that have been affected by disaster while people are rebuilding their homes. They can also be used to pasteurize drinking water in areas where cooking fuel is sparse, but sunshine is plentiful.

There are many amazing premade solar cookers available online ranging from the lightweight and collapsible solar reflector design, to the sturdy and durable solar box oven. You can get started cooking with the sun by buying a fancy premade reflector that is ready to simply unfold and cook, or you can follow some simple plans to build one yourself. Making your own solar oven is easy, and doesn’t even require much in the way of special skills or tools. Many of the supplies that you need to build the most basic designs, such as cardboard boxes and aluminum foil, are things that you may even already have on hand.

Now that school is out, building your own solar oven is a great outdoors learning experience to share with kids. After all, what better way to learn about the amazing power of solar energy, than by an experiment that ends in cookies!


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