Sunday, June 5, 2011
Solar Cooking Challenge
Why Use a Solar Cooker?
Solar cooking allows you to use the sun to cook your food. Here in the desert, we have bountiful sunshine and lots of heat, so I am looking forward to solar cooking as a way to reduce the heat in our house this summer. It should also help in saving a little bit of money on our electric and gas bills.
Who Can Solar Cook?
The main requirement for successful solar cooking is that you have mostly-sunny days for several months each year. Solar cookers even work in the winter time as long as it is sunny outside! Solar cooking is very easy, similar to using a slow cooker.
Join Me in the Solar Cooking Challenge!
The challenge is simple: cook as many items as you can in a solar cooker during the months of June and July! In August, I'll post a list of what items we cooked in our solar cooker, as well as any tips, tricks, and failures. You can add your experiences by submitting comments, and then I'll tally up everyone's responses.
Resources for Getting Started
Here are some links to help in getting started:
Options for making your own solar cooker (we made the Cookit)
Options for purchasing a solar cooker
Options for solar cookware (or just use any black or dark colored pot you already have available)
Guide to making, using, and enjoying solar cookers
Solar Cookers International marketplace
Solar cooking FAQs
To join the Solar Cooking Challenge, just comment below. Who will join me?
This post is part of Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade, Real Food Wednesday with Kelly the Kitchen Kop and Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist!