Solar Cookers; Not Just For Camping



Solar cookers are gaining popularity and it's no longer just campers that are finding them to be an essential companion. So, why are so many choosing to get on board this very smart way of cooking?

First a brief history of solar energy.

It has been documented that as early as the fifth century ancient Greece utilized solar energy to heat their homes after a shortage of wood left their homes in a chili condition.  They did this by a strategic placement of windows.  This resulted in a warm house, even throughout the night.

Harnessing this natural resource couldn't be more ideal.






What are the benefits:

A healthier alternative.  Solar cooking retains foods nutrients because it is cooked at a lower temperature.

Environmentally friendly.  No electric, no gas or fire just the beautiful sun.

Food taste better.  Since I never tasted food prepared this way I am relying on research and testimonials.  Although this isn't surprising considering that the food would naturally retain its flavor and moisture.

Natural disasters and increment weather often leave folks without electricity.  Having a solar cooker in your arsenal of supplies is one way of ensuring your family continues to enjoy wholesome cooked meals.  This is actually what peaked my interest in this way of cooking.  I've experienced one to many outages this past year.

Benefiting developed countries 

Many countries rely on fire for cooking.  This isn't an ideal situation considering the time and energy required to maintain a fire as well as the use of unsafe fuel.




   
The Hot Pot Solar Panel Cooker pictured above is what I consider to be a new and better crock pot.  What is so interesting about this cooker is that it can prepare a chicken (vegan using description for sake of demonstration) in two hours.  If you like flavorful soups, chili, stew, anything that you would normally prepare in a crock pot then this is definitely worth considering.  You can leave it all day while your a work with no worries.  My dad was an electrician and taught me never to leave a crock pot on all day because they can cause fires.    That's not of concern with the Hot Pot Solar Cooker, so you can leave food to cook without a worry.

A camper's companion

The beauty of using solar cooking while camping is its ease.  It takes less than thirty seconds to set up and does not require constant attention.  As you can see the Hot Pot is very portable, yet can prepare three quarts of food. It's easy. You put in the ingredients and ya leave it, when you're ready you can all enjoy a delicious meal.   A bonus: you can even make delectable, moist breads and cakes in the Hot Pot. It takes a little more skill, but it can be done.

Also perfect for a day at the beach.


Pealla prepared in the Hot Pot Solar Cooker

Because the Hot Pot is relatively small and compact cooker it's not ideal for the winter months for those of us living in the north.  For us Northerners the best time to use the Hot Pot is mid February through November due to the position of the sun in the winter. This shouldn't pose a problem for campers, cause who in their right mind is going camping in the winter.  Ugh the cold.


 Click here to visit Cantinawest and find the Hot Pot Solar Cooker and other solar cookers or Find on Amazon.


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98 comments:

Lisa Brown said...

I learned: solar cookers can be used for canning or preserving

Nicole Newby said...

Apparently solar cookers have been around for 30 years? I didn't know that.

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Tamar said...

I like that for a solar oven, you can use a variety of reflective materials such as aluminum foil, Mylar, reflective tape, mirrors, aluminum printers plates and even reflective paint.

kim burnett said...

solar cookers can be used for canning

mecarolks said...

It's a great way to help your pocket book, the enviromnment, and your health, by cooking naturally

Vera Khule said...

I think it's amazing to be able to cook food by solar power and I'm looking forward to being good at it.

tess said...

i like the solar oven.

mkjmc said...

Solar cooking started in the 1700's

dymphna said...

i like the Tulsi Solar-Hybrid Oven

Vunda Vall said...

i love the solar cooker, i think its an amazing idea

Gidget said...

Solar cook has been around since the 1700's.. that is amazing. I think this is a must for my survival kit!

Danielle Lima said...

I like the fact that there are cookbooks so you don't have to go into it blind.

helen may said...

We live off the grid, so we are famialar with solar. I haven't tried to cook solar before as it's all a little new to us. But I do enjoy going green!

channallocks said...

It's a great way to help your pocket

Anonymous said...

I've learned the solar cookers can be attractive as well as functional. I like that!

Allyson Bossie said...

http://www.solarcooker-at-cantinawest.com/suncook_solar_oven.html is a very cool product I wou ld also like to try'
masugr at yahoo dot com

Darby Elizabeth said...

I learned that solar cookers exist-I never knew that before!!

RiverHazeGoods said...

I'd love to try out the high eff. rocket stoves!
Trisha

Lisa said...

I love the solar option! This is a great option for developing countries. I was thinking about how handy it would be during a time like the tornado outbreak we had. We were without power for a few weeks... but for people that don't have power at all this could be a great alternative.

dlhaley said...

I Solar cooker ,cooks without electricity, gas or fire.

steve mccuan said...

The SOS Sport Oven is a bit less expensive than many solar cookers, but it is a nicely built and effective solar oven.

Katie74 said...

I learned you can build your own solar cooker.
http://www.solarcooker-at-cantinawest.com/buildingasolarcooker.html

lokigsd said...

This product is amazing, it does so much! One of my dreams is to have a solar panel/electric in my home... I would be so gitty if I win this!!!!!

richwash64 said...

I learned that it could even be used here in Myrtle Beach

AlisonBraidwood said...

I learned that solar cooking's been around since the 18th century, and that the solar site is an SBI site. Cool.

Rhonda Tenderholt said...

I like that they help you build one that's right for you. THis would be great on boy scout campouts. I have 2 boy scouts and this is an awesome giveaway.

Thank you.

Nadya said...

I love that this can be used in countries where there is no electricity. Great missionary gift!

llinda29 said...

I like Black Enamel Casserole Dish

Victor Galbraith said...

the Solar Cooked Salmon In a SOS Sport Oven caught my eye.

Anonymous said...

I really like the black enamel Casserole dish !!

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Anonymous said...

DO NOT NEED ELECTRICITY.
PERFECT.
jimpat34@wowway.com

daniel thornton said...

I like the section of the website that talks about building a solar oven.

cranky30@hotmail[dot]com

kitblu said...

They SELL solar cookers but they have instructions on MAKING YOUR OWN!

Greg Z. said...

Solar cookers have been around since the 1700's. Did not know this.

Selinda said...

I learned that there are groups dedicated to solar cooking!

Thanks,

selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

Elena Vo said...

I learned that solar cookers are much cheaper compared to other devices, since the energy coming from the Sun is free.

Megan Parsons said...

The Solar Energy's Other Applications was an interesting read!

Heather Rainey said...

How to build a solar cooker! Thats amazing!

Alicia R said...

Solar cookers have been around for 30 years, I had no idea.

morgan rayl said...

That I can find people and organizations that offer instruction and hands on experience in solar cooking within your own state and community if you are interested in pursuing the art of solar cooking.

Tes283 said...

I am impressed that they tell / show you have to make your own solor oven. wow.

andie said...

I was shocked to read that "the science of solar cooking is not that new - it was first attempted on a controlled scale in the mid 1700s by French-Swiss scientist, Horace de Saussure. His attempts were first reported in the first-published study of solar cooking in 1767." That's crazy, I'm going to "trivia" tackle my parents with this one.
abrennan09@hotmail.com

Jessica Rose said...

I like the Solar Recipes!

mogrill said...

I learned you can build your own.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

cindy jones said...

i learned about cooking at the beach..i never thought of this..we spent all day at the beach during the summer months and this is alot better than sandy sandwiches..

Gretta said...

I learned how you can make your own and I would love to win one of these!

Amy D said...

I live in CA, so this would be great for the mountains in the winter and summers on the beach.

Krystal Miller said...

I learned that you can use solar cooking in the winter, even in temperatures below zero!

Anonymous said...

I love that they show you how to make a solar cooker -what a great company
vickie
vmorgan456 (at) yahoo (dot) com

jonandjules said...

I thought the Global Sun Oven looked really cool! I think this idea of cooking with solar power is just fantastic!

debijackson said...

I was shocked you can use them to can

Gina H. said...

I like the The SunCook Solar Oven.

Diane Wolf said...

Everything I've read is all new to me! I'm a camper and I have never, ever heard or seen these! I think this is awesome and definately have to invest in one! Thanks!

Katie said...

That's so cool they teach you how to make one!

Jim W. said...

Solar cookers have been around for 30 years

2012july said...

This site seems to have everything I could want to know about solar cooking: types of cookers, how to make my own, what to cook, tips on solar cooking etc.!

calvad said...

I also like the •The SunCook Solar Oven deana c

Gianna said...

Solar cooking was first attempted on a controlled scale in the mid 1700s by French-Swiss scientist Horace de Saussure.

jlafount said...

Solar cooking has been tried since the 1700s

adina holwerda said...

I learned The best solar cookers can get as high as 600° F

adina holwerda said...

I learned The best solar cookers can get as high as 600° F

Stacy said...

The science of solar cooking was first attempted on a controlled scale in the mid 1700s by French-Swiss scientist Horace de Saussure.

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Fangirl Jen said...

With a rocket stove you can cook a full meal with a minimum of fuel, very little smoke and highly concentrated and efficient heat production with minimal heat loss. Sounds Great!

Pat said...

I like The "Hot Pot" Solar Cooker

jacqueline said...

I like that this type of cooking does not use any of our limited resources and the sun is free so lots of energy savings

JohnZ said...

I liked the recipes

Beck James said...

Tulsi Solar-Hybrid Oven

amp said...

Their The Tulsi Hybrid Solar Oven would be great-the best of both worlds and helpful the next time a storm knocks out our power for a week.


apoalillo {AT} hotmail dot com
alyce poalillo

LesleyfromWI said...

The Black Enamel Bean Pot 4 qt. caught my eye

gayle P said...

The Sunpower is the only parabolic cooker manufactured in the USA. It is well built and very effective.

bunnyfufu said...

it uses none of our limited natural resources that are currently being used for other energy applications in our modern world... It is good for our environment.

Rachel Jenkins said...

The solar cookers can get up to 600 degrees.

bunnyfufu said...

it uses none of our limited natural resources that are currently being used for other energy applications in our modern world... It is good for our environment.

Sam Howard said...

I had no idea there were so many solar products. I learned that the solar power thermos holds about 2 cups of water and can heat the water to a boil very quickly.

Anonymous said...

I had no idea there were so many uses for solar cooking! This would be great for a trip to the beach or as part of an emergency preparedness kit.

Jim Morgan

robyn said...

you can use this just for about for anything

lokiwoman said...

I did not know that the solar cooker was first created in the mid-1700's.

Patty S. said...

Solar cookers were used way back in 1767

Wendi Maroon said...

I love my slowcooker but solar powered? Wow, I'd love to try that one!

cswoveland said...

slow cooker i learned these are better than the others

bac1 said...

solar cooking was attempted as far back as the mid 1700s

Kari Flores said...

I learned that the solar cooker preserves more of the natural nutrients of the foods by cooking at slower and lower temperatures.

ltlbitone said...

I like the Black Enamel Oval Turkey Roaster

ltlibtone@yahoo dot com

Nedaa Almier said...

I like that it is health, takes its energy from the sun, hence, environmentally clean and it preserves more of natural nutrients.

Melanie Montgomery said...

I can use this to cook at the beach

Christina Zawadiwsky said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I learned that modern solar cookers have been around for 30 years, and I was surprised because this contest is the first time I've heard about them!

debbie corbin said...

I never knew solar cooking could be so effective.. thanks for sharing

Tamara Wischmeier said...

Wow! I didn't even know these existed, I like them all. It sure would save on the electric bill.

shanta spradlin said...

I like the The Tulsi Hybrid Solar Oven

Debra Welle said...

I learned that solar cooking preserves more of the natural nutrients of your food - interesting!

kathy pease said...

I like the Black Enamel Bean Pot 4 qt.

Anonymous said...

I also like the global sun oven wilcarvic
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buzzd said...

you can make your own solar cooker

Anonymous said...

A solar cooker can achieve a six hundred degree temperature!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

Vikki Billings said...

I like the High Efficiency Rocket Stoves
vikki.billings@yahoo.com

Andrea Howard said...

Black Enamel Oval Turkey Roaster (5qt.) looks awesome

Laurie Emerson said...

I love the SunCook Solar Oven!
lauraemerson60 at gmail dot com

mrflingo said...

The first reported published study of solar cooking in 1767. Wow. So much for new ideas.

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