First, we had a great time at the First Annual “Summer Solstice Solar Cooking Celebration” on Saturday, June 20, at the Silver City Art Market.
We had box cookers, like the Global Sun Oven I sell, and a home-made version made by one of the local pioneers of solar cooking – the mother of Susan Berry, who gave me the oven of steel and glass, made sometime last century! It’s nice to have a bit of local history to share – especially apropos since Susan is the recently-retired director of the Silver City Museum. Thanks so much, Susan!
We also had home-made parabolic cookers that can be taken camping! Those were demonstrated by Asher Gelbart, of Green Energy Now, who’s doing great work in a lot of related areas far beyond solar cooking. You can also find him on YouTube, Linked In, and Google+. Obviously, I think he’s worth looking into, especially if you’re local.
And thanks to Art Market artist-vender Cedar Smith (pictured above, solar cook and maker of beautiful copper items for the home) for hosting this event at the Market!
Finally, if you‘re a solar cook in the area, or will be by next year, I encourage you to join us on the Summer Solstice (June 20th) at the Art Market in 2016!
(Oh yes, I brought three box cookers and completed two meals in each between 9 am and noon! That’s the Summer Solstice for you – when the day is not only longest, but the sun shines most directly through the atmosphere, giving us the most powerful “solar gain.” In 2004, I cooked five meals one after the other in a single oven in a single day – just to see what I could do on the Solstice. Fun!)
Did you know the first solar oven was designed and used in the 19th Century? Yes! Horase de Saussure, a swiss naturalist, cooked fruits in a box that reached 190 degrees Fahrenheit. (Foods just need 170-180 degrees to actually cook.)
So, Let’s keep on enjoying these benefits that can save us money, environmental destruction, and hot kitchens!
To that end, Global Sun Oven – a wonderful company that puts out a high-quality product and sends them to 127 countries around the world, especially those fighting deforestation – has announced their newest special:
If you buy a Sun Oven now (my usual “lowest price they allow me”: $294.00 – includes shipping), you have the option to also purchase their “Preparedness Package” (value $99) for just $32.70.
The Preparedness Package includes:
* (my favorite) Stacking Cookpots of black granite-ware enamel on lightweight steel construction, designed to stack safely – with an enamelware lid and a glass lid (for when you want things to brown).
* a set of three dehydrating/baking racks with a roll of parchment paper
* two loaf pans which fit side-by-side neatly inside the oven
* a WAPI – Water Purification Indicator – which allows you to know when your water or other liquid has been pasteurized safely – before it reaches boiling, saving you fuel, time, and possibly uncertainty about safety, should your fuel run out or the sun sets – an important potential survival item
* a CD of 600 recipes, FAQ, videos, and more!
(If you have it delivered to anywhere in New Mexico, I will need to add tax. If you’re having it shipped out of state, you’ll save that $20-some! So when you buy your own, think of friends and family out of state.)
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To contact me, write jean7eisenhower (at) gmail.com, or call me at 575-534-0123.
Happy Summer Cooking!