Friday, January 27, 2012

Solar Oven - Cooking first Meal

We finally cooked our first meal in the Solar Oven, and this was very successful.

As the weather improved finally, we decided to cook a stew, which we put into our cast iron lidded casserole dish. The oven didn't take too long to heat up, and by 9.45 a.m. we put the casserole into the oven box, and left it to stew away, and turning the box approximately every hour to follow the sun. By midday we decided to take a quick look and raised the lid of the dish to check, and low and behold the food was bubbling away nicely.

The temperature inside the oven reached about 120 c according to our gauge, so didn't think that was hot enough to cook the meal. By 5.45 p.m. we took it out of the oven and found it had cooked to perfection.

This turned out to be a very inexpensive meal as although we had bought the meat, the onion, carrots, beans and new potatoes were out of our garden, and parsnips from Sheila's garden, and bay leaf from Bobbie's garden.

We must do this more often, as big power saving to be had here. Could try baking perhaps!!

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