Why use Integrated Solar Cooking?
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1 egg, beaten, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 tsp. vanilla,
1/2-cup whole wheat flour, 1/2-tsp. baking soda, 1/2-tsp. nutmeg, 1-cup
quick-cooking rolled oats, 1/2-cup chopped walnuts
Suggested cooking times
In a small bowl, beat together egg, honey, melted butter, and
vanilla. In another bowl, sift together flour, soda and nutmeg. Add
oats, raisins and walnuts to the flour mixture. Stir. Add the egg
mixture to dry ingredients. Mix well. Bake in a covered, buttered 9 x 9
inch pan for 1-2 hours. (Raisins and/or carob/chocolate chips may be
1 cup flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4-tsp salt, 3/4-cup sugar,
1/4-cup + 2 Tbs, cocoa, 1/2-cup milk, 2 Tbs. melted butter, 1/2 cup
chopped nuts, 1 cup brown sugar, 1-1/2 cups boiling water
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt,
sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa. Add the milk, butter and nuts. Mix
thoroughly. Spread in a greased 9-inch dark pan. Mix together the brown
sugar and 1/4-cup cocoa and sprinkle over the batter. Pour the boiling
water over the batter. Cover. Bake about 2 hours in a preheated solar
oven. Fudge sauce forms under brownie like topping.
1 cup rice, cooked, 3 eggs, 1-1/3 cups
milk, 2 Tbs. brown sugar, 5 Tbs, sugar, 1 Tbs, butter, 1 tsp. vanilla,
1/2 tsp. lemon juice, fresh lemon rind, cinnamon
Combine eggs, milk, sugars, butter and vanilla. Mix into the
cooked rice. Add lemon juice and rind. Place in dark pan. Cover and
bake 1-1/2 hours. Sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar when done.
Steamed New Potatoes
Use New, Red, or Yukon gold
potatoes. minced, flat leaf parsley, 1 Tbs. minced chives, butter, salt
and fresh ground pepper to taste
Trim the potatoes.
Place whole or cut up into one cooking pot with no water. Cover
pot, and place in the solar oven. Point the oven directly at the sun
with the shadow straight behind it. Then rotate the oven 30 degrees and
leave it for two hours when the potatoes should be checked for
To serve, sprinkle potatoes with fresh parsley and chives , butter and salt and pepper.
Cooking time: 2 - 3 hours
Spicy Black Beans and Rice
4 slices of bacon cut
into bite size pieces, 1 sm. Yellow onion, diced, 1 cloves of minced
garlic, 1 tsp. smoked paprika, 1 cup of long grain white rice,2 cups of
water, 15 oz can of black beans (drained), 1 cup of prepared green
salsa, salt and pepper to taste.
On the stove-top cook bacon, until fat begins to render, add onion,
garlic, and sauté 2 minutes. Stir in paprika and cook and additional
minute. Add rice and stir cooking an additional 30 seconds. Remove from
Place the water, beans and rice mixture into a dark cooking pot with a
lid. Cover and place into a cooking bag. Place in the solar cooker.
Cook for 3 hours, add salsa and season with salt and pepper. Return to
solar cooker and keep warm until serving.
Chile Rellenos Casserole
1 can (7 oz) whole cooked green chilies, 2 cups grated Jack Cheese, 2
eggs, 1-cup milk, 1 can (7 oz) green chili salsa, salt and pepper to
Slit chilies lengthwise carefully on one side and open flat.
Remove seeds. Divide 1-1/2 cups cheese and place a portion into the
center of each chili. Roll up chilies, starting each at the pointed
end. Place rolls, seam side down, side by side in greased 9 x 5 loaf
pan. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper together. Pour egg mixture over
chilies and sprinkle with rest of cheese. Bake in a solar cooker for 1
hour or until puffed, brown, and firm. Heat salsa and spoon over
Variation: lay each opened chili on a thin slice of ham before sprinkling with cheese.
Then roll ham and chili together over cheese as directed above.
Mixed Spring Vegetables
Take a mixture of vegetables, like leeks, French beans, peas, carrots,
potatoes, squash, onions, pepper, tomatoes or any other type. Wash and
slice them and place in a pan. Add a little water to cover the
vegetables, season with salt and pepper. Add 1 or 2 sliced cloves of
garlic and a bay leaf. Add a little vegetable oil. Cooking time: 6 to 8
1 - 2 lbs. Chicken cut up into
serving size pieces. (A whole chicken will make two pots of chicken.)
Garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, etc. to taste. Your favorite
Place cut up chicken pieces on bottom of solar oven pot(s). Add preferred seasonings. Do not add barbecue sauce yet.
Cook in solar cooker 2 - 3 hours. Pour off the broth from the
chicken (save it for soups or casserole if desired). Add barbecue sauce
over top of chicken pieces. Continue to cook for another hour or more
as required or desired.
The longer the chicken cooks, the better the flavors blend and
the meat is tender. Note: you can use beef or spare ribs instead of
Sirloin Tips With Mushroom and Onion
1-2 lbs. Sirloin Tips (or Sirloin Steak cut up into 1" chunks), 1 lb.
Fresh Mushrooms (or 2 small cans of mushrooms), 1 Medium size Onion
1 Garlic Clove minced (2 tsp. garlic powder), Cut onion into wedges. Slice fresh mushrooms.
Cover the bottom of the solar oven pot with sirloin tips (no oil added).
Sprinkle diced garlic or garlic powder over the sirloin tips.
Add sliced onion and mushroom on top of sirloin tips.
Cover pot and put it into an oven-cooking bag. Place pot into the solar cooker. Cook for 3-4 hours.
Tips for using a solar cooker
- COOKED DRIED CEREALS AND GRAINS - (barley, corn, millet, oats,
quinoa, rice, wheat). 2 hours. Start with usual amount of water. Next
time adjust to your taste.
- Beans - Use the usual amount of water when cooking beans, You can soak ahead of time.
- Vegetables Add no Water There is no need to add water when
cooking vegetables. Artichokes: 2 1/2 hours; Asparagus: 1 1/2 - 2
hours, fresh green vegetables: 1-1 1/2 hours. If cooked longer they
will taste fine but lose their nice green color. Beets, Carrots,
Potatoes and other root vegetables: 3 hours. Cabbage, eggplant: 1 1/2
hours if cut up. Eggplant turns brown but the flavor is good. Corn on
the cob: 1 - 1 1/2 hours with or without husk or even in a clean black
sock. Squash, zucchini: 1 hour. Will turn mushy if left longer.
- EGGS - Add no water. Two hours for hard yolks. (If cooked longer the whites turn brown but the flavor is the same.)
- MEATS - Add no water. The longer you cook it, the more tender
the meat becomes. Fish: 1-2 hours; Chicken: 2 hours cut up, 3 hours
whole; Beef, Lamb, etc.: 2 hours cut up, 3 - 5 hours for large pieces;
Turkey, large, whole: all day
- PASTA - Heat water in one pot and put dry pasta with a small
amount of cooking oil in another pot, and heat until water is near
boiling. Add hot pasta to hot water, stir, and cook about 10 minutes
- BAKING - is best done in the middle of the day (9 or 10 am -
2 or 3 pm) Breads: Whole loaves - 3 hours; Cakes: 1 1/2 hours; Cookies:
1 - 1 1/2 hours. DO NOT need to be covered. Avoid bottom crusts - they
- SAUCES & GRAVIES MADE WITH FLOUR OR STARCH - Heat juices
and flour separately, with or without a little cooking oil in the
flour. Then combine and stir. It will be ready quickly.
- ROASTING NUTS - Bake uncovered. Almonds: 1 hour, Peanuts: 2 hours
- Cookies- cookies do not need to be covered
- Cakes - When baking a cake cover the bottom of the pan with waxed paper.
- Always use a dark pot with a tight fitting lid
- Get the food on early and do not worry about overcooking
- You do not need to stir food while it cooks
- For best results do not over cook the following foods. Cookies, cakes, vegetables and bread.
- Place the hard to cook or larger quantity items in the back of the cooker where they will receive more direct sun.
- When using several pots in the same cooker place easy to cook foods in the front of the cooker
- If you are cooking a large amount of ood it ill cook more evenly if divided between two pots.
- Leftovers are easily reheated in the solar cooker
- Liquids from meats can be used for making soup, cooking rice or making gravy.
- If you are cooking on a windy day put a large stone or a brick in the cookit to stabilize it.
- As the food cooks condinsation will form inside the bag. This indicates that the food is cooking well.
- To keep the food hot after the sun goes down add several
bricks to the cookit when you begin cooking. To maximize heat retention
cover the pot with a blanket and place in a haybasket.
- To bake cakes and bread pre heat the cooker by placing bricks in the solar cooker before you begin to bake
- Cooking bags can be reused. Just turn them inside out, dry and store until the next time
- REMEMBER: the food in the pot is HOT!
- always use pot holders
- The cooking bag is filled with steam so be cautious when you open it.