Wednesday, July 29, 2009
(Non solar readers: If using a standard electric or gas oven bake at 250 degrees. Black pots will cook faster. Use the same times in the recipes.)
The solar sport sits on its wider base in the summer. It does not the need the reflector. The reflector is used rarely, on overcast days, and after the equinox. If used, be vigilant on the timer, since this style oven gets hot enough to warp!
I like the solar sport because it holds two pots and is extremely fast to setup and use without the reflector. And it works well n hard to cook items like legumes, and root vegetables. The reflector is needed sometimes in the winter. The oven I use is about eight years old and saves about $15/- per month on gas.
HINT: Keep your recipe quantities small. There will always be another sunny day and solar cooking basics are worry free. So cook what you need. Stuffed pots have a higher heat quotient- much more important in the winter when the cooking times are restricted by uncooperative weather. I cook enough for a meal for four and generally augment with a salad.
For winter see this post.