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  • Last Saturday, March 30 was our Sport Solar Oven cook-off. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions. The skies were clear with plenty of sunshine and temperatures were close to reaching 70 degrees.

    All locations reported that the oven easily hovered between 200 and 275 degrees.  As in past weeks, we tried new recipes to try and challenge the capabilities of the oven. Here are a few of the foods we successfully cooked:

    Delicious meatballs (and a delightful carrot cake that isn't shown).

    2013-03-30_14-57-43_772 meatballs

    Chocolate cake! Yum!

    CarrotCake

    Tender pieces of roast cooked at two locations, and cheesy bacon bread (yes BACON!).

    Cheesy Bacon Bread

    Unexpected Mishaps

    The Sport Solar Oven at our Orem was hit by an excited shopper. The pot lid opened up, and the oven lost heat—not to mention roast juices that splashed all over in the oven. After cleaning up the mess, they still were able to heat the oven back up and finish the job. We’re happy to report that the oven is doing fine.

    What did we learn from the cook-offs?

    Here are a few of the lessons we learned:

    • Put the Sport Solar Oven on the ground in a place where it won’t get trampled, run over, or bumped!
    • Solar ovens actually work! After trying more than 10 different recipes, they all turned out delicious and fully cooked.
    • Always have another option to cook your food in case there is no sunlight. Our dutch ovens and charcoal came in handy on the stormy days. As long as you have sunlight, the oven is a perfect source of cooking for a small group.
    • The Sport Solar Oven will work in cold temperatures. We experienced below freezing conditions and we still cooked a variety of meats, desserts, and baked rolls.
    • Everyone should become familiar with their solar oven and know how to use them before an emergency hits.
    • Save on your power bill and have fun at the same time!

    As you can see, the Sport Solar Oven can cook just about anything, not just bread. Get creative with it and let us know what you cook in your Sport Solar Oven.

     

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  • We are putting the Sport Solar Oven to the test every Saturday during March at our retail stores. Here’s our report from Saturday March 23rd.

    When we arrived early to prep, we saw there was SNOW! Luckily, the weather can change within minutes in Utah. The clouds cleared out for a few of our store locations, but the temperatures hovered between the high 20’s and lower 30’s.The stores that had limited sunlight put their plan B into action. They pulled out a Volcano Stove and whipped up sweet and sour pork chops and au gratin potatoes. We won’t let our customers go hungry!

    At the stores that did have sun we put the solar ovens out and got to work. This time most of the ingredients we used were food storage items. (See list below.) We made bread, pork chops with veggies, cinnamon apple crisp, and a cookie.

    Despite the snow and cold, the ovens still reached the 250 degree mark inside. The pork chops took 3.5 hours to cook and the desserts and bread only took about 2 hours to bake.

    We will be testing the solar ovens one more time this coming Saturday (March 30th).  Contact our Emergency Essential stores for more information. Click here to read about how the Sport Solar Oven works.

    Here’s what Christa Kendall from Utah has to say about the Sport Solar Oven that she got at Emergency Essentials:

    "I bake my bread in the solar oven. It comes out fabulous, so moist and fluffy. I let them rise in the house, then throw them in.  They brown up perfectly! I highly recommend a solar oven.”

    What do you think about the Sport Solar Oven? Tell us below!

     

    *Food Storage Items Used in the Solar Oven Cook-off

    Solar Oven Pork Chops: Freeze dried (FD) Pork Chops, FD Green Beans, Chicken Broth, Spaghetti Seasoning, and minced garlic.

    Apple Crisp: Apple Slices (rehydrated), quick oats, cinnamon sugars, butter powder

    Au Gratin Potatoes: Dehydrated potato slices, sour cream powder, cheese blend, and a few other spices.

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  • For those of you who couldn’t make it to our stores last Saturday, we cooked up another round of delicious food in the Sport Solar Oven. It was a beautiful day at all four store locations. The skies were clear and the average temperature was around 57 degrees. It was a perfect day for solar oven cookin'! 

    The Orem store cooked an amazing chicken pot pie using a mixture of fresh and freeze-dried vegetables topped with a homemade biscuit crust. They also baked a giant cookie for dessert. (A giant cookie, people! Can life as a prepper get any better?) The food was delicious! Cook Time: 2 hours

    The South Jordan store cooked diced chicken with cream of chicken soup and veggies. They also baked rolls seasoned with cheese and butter. As you can imagine, customers loved the samples. Cook Time: roughly 3-4 hours

    The Murray store cooked diced chicken with a mix of veggies. They baked fluffy rolls, perfect for dipping in their entree. Delish! Cook Time: 4 hours

    The Bountiful store cooked a BBQ chicken that was as tender as can be. They also cooked a delicious wild rice (with carrots) on the side. Can you say AMAZING? Cook Time: 4-5 hours

    Here is what a customer said after seeing the demo in South Jordan: 

    “I would not mind eating solar oven baked food on a regular basis, let alone during an emergency.” – Roy

    We will be testing out recipes in our solar ovens every Saturday this month. Contact our Emergency Essential stores for more information. To read about how the Sport Solar Oven works, click here.

    Is there something you want us to test this coming Saturday? Let us know below.

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  • Yes, you can cook your food using the rays of the sun!

     

    With sunny days on the rise, now is a great time to consider alternative cooking methods, like solar ovens. We think the Sport Solar Oven is a great product so we’ve put it on sale. Here’s a post by our Regional Stores Supervisor, Rob.

     

     

    I doubted how well the Sport Solar Oven would work and I wasn’t alone. The most frequently asked question I get is, “does it really cook food?” usually followed by “so… how does it work then?”

    When I first used the Sport Solar Oven, in the summer, I went for the gusto with a full meal of dinner rolls, a roast, and potatoes. I put the oven in direct sunlight to preheat; within a short period of time the thermometer was at 300 degrees. I put the food in, and four and a half hours later I had fluffy rolls, a delicious roast, and soft potatoes. My doubts melted away faster than the butter on those rolls!

    The Sport Solar Oven will work any time of the year, no matter the temperature outside—you just need sunlight. We tried it out at our Northern Utah store on March 9. It was 35 degrees outside (thanks to the wind chill) and there was snow on the ground. It was mostly sunny during our cooking time, with some clouds.

    The Sport Solar Oven preheated to 275 degrees within 30 minutes, despite the cold conditions. We cooked roast with potatoes in one pot and baked rolls in the second pot. Just like my test during the summer, the food was cooked and ready to eat four to five hours later.

    So, how does a solar oven work? Basically the Sport Solar Oven acts as a slow cooking crock pot that can also bake, generally reaching between 250 and 280 degrees. More specifically, the oven is lined with a dark-colored metal that absorbs the heat of the sun. A clear lid maximizes the direct light and also helps keep the heat in. Optional reflectors compensate for low sun (during winter, fall, and spring). The pots are black, which helps absorb energy as heat. (A similar reaction can occur in your car on sunny days. You may notice that dark materials, such as the steering wheel, are hotter than lighter colored surfaces.)

    What if there is no sunlight? Unfortunately, if there’s no sunlight you won’t be able to use the Sport Solar Oven. If the sky is overcast or hazy, the oven won’t heat up quickly or fully.

    Why don’t I just use the stove with charcoal all the time? Plan for all situations, but if you have sunlight, why not use it? It’s a natural and free source of power. You’ll have reserved your other fuel sources, like charcoal, for times when you don’t have other options. If you prefer to cook with fuels like propane or charcoal, or if you’re looking for a backup to your backup, click here for some good options.

     

    Every Saturday this March, we will be testing out other recipes in our solar ovens at our stores. If you live in Utah, stop by and see the Sport Solar Oven in action. If you don’t live in Utah, we will be posting pictures and giving updates here on the blog so check back each Monday!

     

    Have you had success with your solar oven? Do you have additional questions? Let us know by commenting below.

     

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