– Sun Ovens reach temps over 400 degrees, which you can control somewhat by aiming.
– Sun Ovens cook nearly anything: vegetables, grains, beans, meats, casseroles, cookies, breads, soups. They toast nuts and seeds to even perfection, no stirring required. They even saute’ without stirring!
– Sun Ovens almost never burn anything – because they hold moisture inside the oven, and if you forget them, the sun moves and the temperature slowly decreases.
– They weigh only 22 pounds, so they’re nice to take car camping or on day trips (filling them with food, etc, so they won’t add much space in your packing) – or just use daily at home.
– You can probably use your existing cookware, but the company offers some perfect pieces of black, lightweight enamel ware, such as those described below.
Some of my favorite solar cooking is on my Solar Cooking page.
The “Preparedness Package”
Separately priced, these items cost $82, but together can be had for $65 – a $17 savings. The package includes: * 2 “Easy-Stack” black, 2.5-quart, enamel-on-metal cook pots with interchangeable glass and enamel-on-metal lids allow you to cook 5 quarts of food in the Sun Oven at once! * 3 stainless steel dehydrating racks, also usable as baking racks (come with a roll of parchment paper). * 2 non-stick loaf pans that fit neatly side-by-side in the Sun Oven. * and a WAPI! (water purification indicator, which can be used with any heat source, to save fuel or time, letting you know when liquids have reached purification temperature, below boiling, therefore invisible to the eye – a potentially life-saving device).
2 Easy-Stack Cook pots (my personal favorite) are enamel-ware and each hold 2.5 quarts, allowing you to cook 5 quarts of food at once in your Sun Oven, leaving a little space on the sides for items like ears of corn! They come with two lids, one glass and one enamel-ware. Shipping free when you purchase a Sun Oven. $25.00.
3 Stacking Dehydrating/Baking Wire Racks: These 3 easily stackable wire racks allow up to 3 layers of drying or baking. They come with a roll of unbleached, silicone coated parchment baking paper and can be used to preserve fruits & vegetables, dry fish & meats, saving money on your food bills and food storage. Sun drying is easier and requires less energy and work than canning. And your kitchen stays cool! Each rack measures 12″ x 9″ x 1.5″ Shipping FREE with Sun Oven purchase. $32.
2 Loaf Pans: 5″x9″, sized to fit side-by-side on the Sun Oven shelf, these are also made of heavy-gauge steel that provides an even-heating performance, with non-stick coating. (Even though most sun oven cookware is black, to avoid reflecting the sun’s heat, when these are filled with food, the reflective surface is mostly covered, and these work very well.) $16 for 2.
The WAPI (“water purification indicator”) can be used with any heat source (Sun Oven, fire, or other) to save fuel or time, letting you know when liquids have reached purification temperature (below boiling, invisible to the eye) – a potentially life-saving device. About 1 1/2″ long. The new Multi-Fuel WAPI has a high-temperature molded polypropylene case which serves as a carrying case for storage and also as a float as it is used in liquid. In use, the transparent tube is removed from the case and snapped into the hole provided in the bottom, with the wax end up. The case is then placed upright in a pot, pan or jar with liquid. When the wax has melted and dropped to the bottom of the tube, the water is pasteurized. The WAPI can be reused hundreds of times. Made in the U.S.A. FREE shipping with a Sun Oven or other items. $3 shipping will be added if purchased separately. $9.
2 Brownie/Cookie/Casserole pans: 11″x7″, constructed of heavy-gauge steel that provides an even-heating performance, with non-stick coating. (Even though most sun oven cookware is black, to avoid reflecting the sun’s heat, when these are filled with food, the reflective surface is mostly covered, and these work very well.) They are small enough to both fit easily inside, stacked one across the other. $16 for 2.