Sun Tea and Solar Cookers

Let the sun say “Be Our Guest” and put its service to the test!

_DSC3457Update 2021: We bought an All-American Sun Oven many years ago, and still use it regularly! It’s great but does take maintenance just like most things do, and it’s a more expensive option but worth saving to buy. The DIY models that we previously made just weren’t very good. We cook lasagna (pictured here), roasted root vegetables, chili, bake cookies, reheat leftovers or frozen burritos, and more. We have done a couple of demos for groups in the past.

Original blog post from about 8 years ago:

This week’s Making Ripples column in the Free Weekly is about harnessing the sun’s energy to cook food and beverages. Sun tea is an easy way to begin your solar cooking adventures, but check out the column to make sure you avoid harmful bacteria that can grow in your tea. For cooking meals, side dishes, or baking in a solar cooker, here are some links to get you started learning about the three main kinds of cookers and the differences between them, as well as the most common models and even DIY models.  I’ve been wanting to buy a solar cooker for about a year now (here is my first solar cooker meal attempt in 2012) so hopefully this summer things will materialize for Ripples to begin solar cooking demos and more – the possibilities are endless if we get a good model and learn how to do this!

Solar Cookie Video

All-American Sun Ovens

The 7 Best Solar Ovens of 2021 by Treehugger

Solar Cookers International

Guide to Cooking with Solar Energy (shared by scout Mason – thanks!)

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Hehe, what a lovely use of the beauty and the beast quote! And, I’m looking forward to the difficult, perhaps impossible – a solar-cooked cake. 🙂

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