Adventures in Solar Cooking Part 2

October 19, 2011 | 7 comment(s)

 

This week, we are testing out our new SOS Sport Solar Oven. Check out Part 1 in our Blog series, where we give you all the details about how this oven works.

First Attempt: Dinner Rolls

We keep hearing a lot of contradictory reports about bread and solar ovens: some people say it makes bread perfectly, and other people say that it will make bread, but it wont brown the tops. Opinions vary, and we decided to not take anyone's word for it. So I grabbed a bag of frozen rolls from the freezer (I know, its cheating. Especially when we have a delicious Honey White and Wheat bread mix right next door in the warehouse).

We preheated the SOS Sport Solar oven by... setting it out in the sun, of all things. After about 30 minutes, we noticed that it wasn't heating up much. We realized this was because we were trying to heat it up without the panels. The panels detach, and are only supposed to be used in the winter or cold days. Since it wasn't very cold outside we didn't think we needed them. So our oven went from this:

to this:

With the panels on, we had the oven preheated to about 300 degrees in about 30 minutes. Not bad for just sitting outside on the lawn.

We greased one of the included pans with our Clarified Butter, and then put the rolls in. It is recommended that you cook everything in black or dark colored pots, as they help absorb the heat better. Even when baking bread, you need to have the lid on the pot so it will trap the heat and moisture.

We then set them in the oven, re-closing the lid as fast as we could to preserve as much heat as possible. We then made sure the oven was pointed toward the sun, and went back to work.

We checked the temperature every 30 minutes or so. We discovered that when you put cold food into the oven (such as bread dough that was in the freezer the night before) you can lose as much as 150 degrees in the oven, which will then take longer to regain. After about 45 minutes the oven was back up to about 250, and we let it be for a total of 2 hours and 11 minutes. Feeling slightly nervous, we pulled the bread out and...

Delicious, golden brown bread. The tops were browned, the bottoms were fluffy. All-in-all, not a bad first attempt at cooking in the SOS Sport Solar Oven.

What we learned today:
1. It IS possible to bake bread that browns on top and is delicious in the solar oven.
2. Preheat the oven as hot as you can (within safety limits), because you will loose a lot of heat when you put your food in.
3. Use the reflectors in autumn and winter.


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Comments

  • Anonymous  |  October 19, 2011

    Can you put a 13X9 pan into the solar oven?

  • Lisa  |  October 19, 2011

    This solar oven in now on my 'wish list'. It is priced more affordable than the one I had been looking at AND yours included the pans! Love it and can't wait to get one and try it out! :)

  • Lisa  |  October 19, 2011

    BTW...the 'back to work' photo is hysterical! It's a hard job but somebody has to do it :)

  • Emergency Essentials®  |  October 19, 2011

    Anonymous-<br />A 13x9 pan should fit. the interior dimensions are about 9.5x17. But most foods need to be covered, and in dark cookware, for the SOS Sport Solar Oven to work.

  • Anonymous  |  October 20, 2011

    I have used my solar oven to cook almost everything now and I am always happy to see sunny days in the forcast. I have owned the SOS solar oven for about 8 months now and I recommend it to everyone I know. I plan to by a secound one in the near future to cook more food on sunny days.

  • millenniumfly  |  October 20, 2011

    It&#39;s always best to try it for yourself. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • GatorGirl  |  October 20, 2011

    Could you let the food you are going to cook set out a bit(of course not to the point of spoiling) but close to room temp. to speed up cooking? But I guess time is time?

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