ANOTHER SHINY SOLAR OVEN

FACT: every day the sun shines, an equivalent of 4.25 TRILLION barrels of oil falls on the US alone in the form of solar energy

I have a confession, I been addicted to solar ovens ever since we built our first cardboard, aluminum oven back in the days — 1990 to be exact.   Yep, we were granolas way back when.  This sort of self reliant and sustainable lifestyle has been a common thread throughout my whole life.  We’ve gone from hippie to hip in the last few years.

In the last decade, the appropriate technology in solar cooking has left those cardboard, black paint and glue days in the dust or sun rays I should say.

A solar oven is the ultimate in energy-efficient cooking. Solar ovens will cook anything that can be cooked in a conventional oven, in approximately the same amount of time.

Here on the urban homestead we have accumulated a small family of solar ovens.  A homemade solar oven,  two Sport Solar Ovens (one given to us), one Global Sun Oven (given to us also) and now this really awesome hybrid solar model from India joins the collection.

Tulsi Hybrid Solar Oven Heats up to 400degrees Electrical consumption: Approx. 0.15 to 0.4 KW/h. Uses 75% less energy than a conventional oven.

Boy howdy, I am sure going to get spoiled with this beauty.  I won’t have worry about cloudy days or AM sun angles, I can just plug it in and tap into our 12 solar panels on the garage roof.  Still tapping into the energy from the sun!

And the best part is we are adding this Tulsi Hybrid Solar Oven to the family of sun ovens offered on the Peddler’s Wagon.

Good for the Environment

I really like using the solar ovens – food taste better and is in fact more healthier and best of all you aren’t using polluted energy to cook meals.  Something as simple as a solar oven can have a positive impact on lightening your footprint.  I mean, imagine how many meals are cooked in a lifetime – hundreds, thousands?

Stay tuned for some solar cooking fun here on the urban homestead.   With this solar oven, I may never need to use our gas oven again.  Sweet.

Good for Health

Fact is, by cooking foods you can lose as much as 80 percent vitamin C, 50 percent vitamin B and 97 Percent folic acid.

Food cooked by solar heat is lovely in appearance, aroma, flavor, and taste. It is ultimate medicine (Amrita) for manly vigor and glorious skin complexion without doubt. — ‘Yagyavalk Smriti’

Reading the informative manual that came in DVD form with this Tulsi Hybrid Solar Oven, not only does solar energy reduce one’s impact but it also has a positive health effect.  Indians believe that most of mankind illness are due to an unhealthy gut. Most of their Their ancient Ayurvedic treatments are for improving your “inner plumbing”  And so it is with solar cooking you are choosing a more healthful way to cook your meals, harnessing the healthful solar rays into your food.

Solar cooking is similar to slow cooking. Slow cooking retains flavor, moisture and nutrients and makes meats tender. Recent studies indicate that foods cooked at moderate temperatures may be healthier.  Solar cooked food is succulent, moist and delicious.

Sunshine is the primary element for life here on planet earth.  Solar cooking dates back as far as a few thousand years in India where solar cooked food was called AMRITA and the cooking appliance was know as AKSHAY PATRA or SUYRA BHAND they believe that solar cooked foods are charged with positive photons or energies.

Modern cooking methods destroy the nutrients and medicinal powers of foods. A healthy diet involves eating raw or lightly cooked foods that can provide our body with all the nourishment that our body needs for growth and energy.

Eating the Wild Electron

From personal tasting experience food does indeed have a truly more flavorful, superior taste when cooked in the solar oven.

I broke in the  Tulsi Hybrid Solar Oven warming up some homegrown vegetable soup (known by some of our longtime readers as the 007 soup) and some organic rice.

What’s your solar cooking experience, do you also taste a difference in solar cooked cooks?  Let’s hear from all you solar cooks out there.

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Comments(18)

  1. April Horton says:

    ohhh that is sweet!!! have fun! =)

  2. April Horton says:

    ohhh that is sweet!!! have fun! =)

  3. susan newcomer says:

    This is what I want for Christmas!!!! 🙂

  4. susan newcomer says:

    This is what I want for Christmas!!!! 🙂

  5. Sue says:

    I’ve got to find out more. I made a cardboard and aluminum foil solar oven (following instructions I found on the internet) and it never got hotter than 170′ so it just wasn’t safe. And that was on the hottest sunniest day of the summer. I was so disappointed. Obviously someone out there is having success with it. I’m going to look a lot harder at what you have in your store.

  6. Sue says:

    I’ve got to find out more. I made a cardboard and aluminum foil solar oven (following instructions I found on the internet) and it never got hotter than 170′ so it just wasn’t safe. And that was on the hottest sunniest day of the summer. I was so disappointed. Obviously someone out there is having success with it. I’m going to look a lot harder at what you have in your store.

  7. Laurie says:

    I love my Sport sun oven (purchased from the Peddlar’s Wagon) and prefer rice and lentils cooked in it to stovetop. The food has richer flavors, it seems to me. At first, I underestimated the oven’s heating ability and softer vegies got mushy and overcooked. Now I know how to use it better, and stick to cooking things that do well at 250 degrees for the whole day (while I’m at work). I have also used it to “cook” coffee… You’re thinking, “say what?” See my husband drinks iced coffee – it seems silly to heat water on the stove, make the coffee and then put it into the fridge, when I can just slow brew it over a day and let it cool on the countertop over night. Elegant.. I think my Sport paid me back the initial investment after one season. Plus the company that makes it helps people in Africa use less wood for cooking fires. Thanks you PTF for a wonderful product!

  8. Laurie says:

    I love my Sport sun oven (purchased from the Peddlar’s Wagon) and prefer rice and lentils cooked in it to stovetop. The food has richer flavors, it seems to me. At first, I underestimated the oven’s heating ability and softer vegies got mushy and overcooked. Now I know how to use it better, and stick to cooking things that do well at 250 degrees for the whole day (while I’m at work). I have also used it to “cook” coffee… You’re thinking, “say what?” See my husband drinks iced coffee – it seems silly to heat water on the stove, make the coffee and then put it into the fridge, when I can just slow brew it over a day and let it cool on the countertop over night. Elegant.. I think my Sport paid me back the initial investment after one season. Plus the company that makes it helps people in Africa use less wood for cooking fires. Thanks you PTF for a wonderful product!

  9. KK says:

    I’d love to have one of those, alas, money is too tight around here at present…and I’ve also tried making my own, and it too only got up to about 170….with a better design I know I can get it to work better. I love the idea of freeing myself from gas or electric devices, plus, this is the single most important device to help 3rd world countries from destroying their remaining forests…everything about solar ovens is a positive!

  10. KK says:

    I’d love to have one of those, alas, money is too tight around here at present…and I’ve also tried making my own, and it too only got up to about 170….with a better design I know I can get it to work better. I love the idea of freeing myself from gas or electric devices, plus, this is the single most important device to help 3rd world countries from destroying their remaining forests…everything about solar ovens is a positive!

  11. Janice says:

    We’ve cooked our pumpkins nice and slow in the Sun Oven and boy was it GOOD! Made some very yummy Pumpkin Pies with the suncooked sweetness! We let the steam escape by keeping it open just a bit so that I can get a reduction of the liquid. I haven’t tried rice yet. I’ve baked cookies, I tried chocolate cupcakes today, but the recipe was not good and the temps only got to 250F in the oven today so it was a flop(the recipe called for 350F). We heat up our lunch and sometimes dinner in it, it does take some pre-planning though. Has anyone come up with a cool gadget that can rotate the oven so we don’t have to keep checking on it? I was thinking Justin is very handy, maybe he can rig up some Lazy Susans to rotate at a slow pace to move with the sun. THAT would sell like hotcakes with us Sun Cooking folks!

  12. Janice says:

    We’ve cooked our pumpkins nice and slow in the Sun Oven and boy was it GOOD! Made some very yummy Pumpkin Pies with the suncooked sweetness! We let the steam escape by keeping it open just a bit so that I can get a reduction of the liquid. I haven’t tried rice yet. I’ve baked cookies, I tried chocolate cupcakes today, but the recipe was not good and the temps only got to 250F in the oven today so it was a flop(the recipe called for 350F). We heat up our lunch and sometimes dinner in it, it does take some pre-planning though. Has anyone come up with a cool gadget that can rotate the oven so we don’t have to keep checking on it? I was thinking Justin is very handy, maybe he can rig up some Lazy Susans to rotate at a slow pace to move with the sun. THAT would sell like hotcakes with us Sun Cooking folks!

  13. Total Solar Energy says:

    these things are great in remote rural locations where there is no electricity

  14. Total Solar Energy says:

    these things are great in remote rural locations where there is no electricity

  15. COLESLAW | Little Homestead in the City says:

    […] around 100 degrees this whole week.  When the temperatures rise my enthusiasm for cooking wanes (except for solar cooking which keeps the kitchen cool)   Instead opt for no cook/bake foods like salads and […]

  16. COLESLAW | Little Homestead in the City says:

    […] around 100 degrees this whole week.  When the temperatures rise my enthusiasm for cooking wanes (except for solar cooking which keeps the kitchen cool)   Instead opt for no cook/bake foods like salads and […]

  17. JennCria says:

    I have had the Tulsi Hybrid Solar oven for about 3 years, and have been fairly happy with it, but I wish the construction, quality and cooking capacity would have been better. I just got the SunFocus Solar Electric Oven yesterday, and I can’t wait to start using it. I really like how much cooking space there is, the quality is wonderful, and it’s made in the USA!!! The thing I like about the electric aspect is that I use a lot less electricity than if I used my wall oven. It saves me money in the winter, I can still cook if there are clouds or rain, and the electric mode will make the best, juiciest pot roast I am sure. I have the HotPot solar cooker as well and love that too. It did a wonderful job on a whole chicken. Dave the inventor of the SunFocus did a top notch Job with it! If you contact him give him Coupon Code: “JennCria Ranch” and he will give you 5% off of the SunFocus and/or HotPot. His website is http://www.sunbdcorp.com If you go to YouTube I will be doing some videos later experimenting with my Sunfocus. Just type the word JennCria in the search bar.

  18. JennCria says:

    I have had the Tulsi Hybrid Solar oven for about 3 years, and have been fairly happy with it, but I wish the construction, quality and cooking capacity would have been better. I just got the SunFocus Solar Electric Oven yesterday, and I can’t wait to start using it. I really like how much cooking space there is, the quality is wonderful, and it’s made in the USA!!! The thing I like about the electric aspect is that I use a lot less electricity than if I used my wall oven. It saves me money in the winter, I can still cook if there are clouds or rain, and the electric mode will make the best, juiciest pot roast I am sure. I have the HotPot solar cooker as well and love that too. It did a wonderful job on a whole chicken. Dave the inventor of the SunFocus did a top notch Job with it! If you contact him give him Coupon Code: “JennCria Ranch” and he will give you 5% off of the SunFocus and/or HotPot. His website is http://www.sunbdcorp.com If you go to YouTube I will be doing some videos later experimenting with my Sunfocus. Just type the word JennCria in the search bar.

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