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!
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.
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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