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Adventures in Solar Cooking Part 1


You may have noticed in this month's catalog a new product: The SOS Sport Solar Oven. We are all really excited about this product over here and can't wait to try it out. So stay tuned this week as we post about all of the tasty things we will make in the new SOS Sport Solar Oven.

The SOS Sport Solar Oven uses the power of sunlight to heat up and cook food.

  • Use the power of the sun to cook in an emergency
  • Large capacity - holds 2 - 3.4 qt. Pots
  • Long-lasting and efficient
  • Highly weather resistant
  • Complete kit: oven, 2 pots, thermometer, manual, recipe booklet, WAPI (water pasteurization indicator) and solar reflector
  • Lightweight - 10 pounds

The oven is so easy to use: just put the food in a dark colored pot
(it comes with two), point it towards the sun, and then walk away. While slight readjustments through out the day will speed up cooking time, they are not necessary. And since the SOS Sport cooks at lower temperatures, you don't have to worry about food burning. Its like cooking in your crock pot on low.

Another thing I like about this oven is that it only has 3 pieces. The oven, the lid, and the reflector panels. The included pots are a bonus, but not a necessity, as any dark colored cookware with a lid will work. The detachable panels are really only necessary in the winter, to help direct more sunlight into the oven.

There really isn't anything this oven can't cook. From roasts, fish, chicken and pork, to bread and other baked goods, this oven does it all. The oven uses and traps the natural moisture in the food you are cooking, meaning you don't have to add extra water. This allows food to retain its natural vitamins, minerals and flavor. Since none of the moisture is lost, and it cooks at low temperatures, it is really difficult to burn food in this oven. Usually you run out of sunlight before food gets to the point where it would burn.

Because it only weighs 10 lbs and is wind and weather resistant, the SOS Sport is the perfect addition to camping trips, beach parties, fishing trips, back yard barbecues and everyday cooking. You no longer have to pack heavy and messy charcoal or flammable fluids. And cooking outside means the house doesn't get hot! You usually end up using more energy to cool down your house than you do to cook your food. Now take the heat outside where it belongs.

This week, we will be trying a variety of recipes and ideas in the SOS Sport. So stay tuned, and in the meantime, make some suggestions here of things you would like to see us try and cook.

9 thoughts on “Adventures in Solar Cooking Part 1”

  • Anonymous

    I'd like to see if casseroles and fruit cobbler type dishes can be made in the solar oven. We've been thinking of getting one for our family.

  • Anonymous

    I wish I had seen this post a week ago. I just bought a solar oven and paid much more for the unit I bought. =(

  • freewayrider

    Would this work in the winter if the electric is out? If not, do you recommend a way to cook in a winter emergency?

  • Emergency Essentials®

    This oven is designed to work in the winter with the panels.

  • Stephen Clay McGehee

    One of my key criteria is long-term durability. I see a basic description of this oven, but nothing about the materials it is made from and how it is constructed. Any information on that?

  • Emergency Essentials®

    The plastic portions of the Sport are produced from post-consumer PET or recycled pop bottles using a special process developed exclusively for the Solar Oven Society. It takes 68 20-ounce recycled pop bottles to make one oven. The Sport is one of the first products, and the largest injection molded part, made from post-consumer PET. PET is durable and easy to clean.After quality sunshine, good insulation is the main requirement for a good solar oven. The sides, ends, bottom and back of the SOS Sport are insulated with a 1" thick closed cell, glass reinforced foam with a 6.5 R Value. Wind and moisture resistant, the SOS Sport is designed to withstand the elements. Materials used are impervious to moisture.The lightweight yet durable plastic should last for many years with minimal care.

  • Txazlady

    The SOS Sport is a great oven. I have both the Sport and the GSO. I have also tested them "side-by-side". I like the Sport because it is wind resistant. Living in Arizona, I rarely use the reflectors except in the winter when the sun is lower. However, I find the construction quality of the lid to be lacking. I have had to replace mine once already and will need to replace it again soon. When they make the lid a better quality, this oven will be the best.

  • Lynn

    I have the sport and LOVE it. I think of it as a crockpot--anything you would make in a crockpot you can make in the sport, but it's much better to stick to recipes with less liquid unless it's a super sunny day and you're around to re-aim every couple hours. I have made cakes, meats, veggies, baked potatoes, casseroles. If you tilt the oven for winter use (and it absolutely works even in freezing temps), the pots no longer fit, though. I've never found graniteware in a size that works, but have a friend who used black grill paint on wide-mouth mason jars and lids with success.

  • Liz

    Fruit cobblers come out beautifully when made in a solar oven, and they're so easy to make! If cooking a meat casserole, I make it in a flat lasagna pan, rather than a deep bowl-type pot, to ensure that the meat in the casserole gets fully cooked.You can solar cook in the winter, it doesn't matter how cold it is. You just need clear sunshine. I have had friends use a GSO to cook when there was a foot of snow on the ground and the air temp was in the 30's. Be sure to use the reflectors and black cookware; give the food plenty of time to cook, and place the oven at the best angle for the sun being low in the sky.

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