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FREE Online Sun Oven Cooking Seminar!

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Summer Solstice 2004


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Paul Munsen with Nelson Mandela, demonstrating solar cooking in South Africa

If you’d enjoy learning more about cooking with the sun, please join me and Paul Munsen of Sun Ovens International when he teaches an interactive online seminar next month.  (Paul has devoted his life to sharing Sun Oven Cooking to people all over the world.)

This FREE online webinar – Sun Oven Cooking Essentials Seminar – will take place on Thursday, June 9th, 6:30 pm Mountain Time (8:30 pm Eastern, 7:30 pm Central, 5:30 pm Pacific).

b9f19fc1-1251-4abb-a598-46523e75e700Paul will show you the fundamental cooking and baking techniques to help you save money now and be better prepared for emergencies.

Whether you know nothing about solar cooking, or you have a Sun Oven and want to learn more,  you will find this seminar beneficial.

PLUS!  There will be a special offer for attendees at the end of the webinar.

To register, click here, no cost:

Paul has been presenting these online webinars for a few months now, and I’ve heard they are lots of fun – and I look forward to you joining us.  If you have friends anywhere in the country who might be interested, you’re very welcome to invite them too.

Please register and put the date and time on your calendar.  Then we’ll give you a couple of reminders as we approach the date.

See you then!


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Sun Oven’s “Holiday Special”

b9f19fc1-1251-4abb-a598-46523e75e700This holiday sale saves you well over half on the Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory Package PLUS a Hanging Turkey Roasting Rack when you purchase a new Sun Oven.

The package, for only $35 (instead of $90) includes:

Fresh_Tom_in_GSO.jpeg* Multi-Level Dehydrating & Baking Rack Set (set of 3 racks w/1 roll parchment paper)

bbcf50eb-cf73-466b-930c-4aaedb2620a9* Two Easy-Stack Pots w/interchangeable enamel and glass lids [this set is my personal favorite]

Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator
(WAPI) (read more about it and the other accessories here)

* Two Loaf Pansloaf pans

* cdromComputer CD featuring how-to’s, over 600 recipes, videos and much more

Since the cook pots (my favorite) cost $25, and the WAPI ($9) is an essential survival item (with or without a Sun Oven), it’s like getting two loaf pans, the dehydrating racks, and the turkey rack for free!

  • turkey-rack-5-1024x6821-510x340The Hanging Turkey-Roasting Rack replaces the regular rack with one curved on the bottom to create more space for a turkey inside a roasting bag!

Purchasing is easy:

With a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account!

Just email, and I’ll send you an invoice directly from PayPal.

The Sun Oven is $294 – shipping included ($261.15/oven + 32.85/shipping) – the lowest price allowed!

With the “Dehydrating and Preparedness Package,” the current Special, is $329.00 – shipping included.

This Special offer is valid through January 11, 2016.

Also, be sure to check out the accessory page, to read about the WAPI and other accessories – including cookbooks and a programmable meat-thermometer, which can be added to your order and sent inside the oven for no extra shipping cost.

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A *Hybrid* Tulsi Solar-electric Oven is for Sale

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My Tulsi cooking two pans of flat enchiladas and two pans of rice. (The electric cord plug is the barely-visible black rectangle on the side near the white rice.)

Hi Local Friends ~

A friend of mine bought a Tulsi *hybrid* solar-electric oven from me a couple of years ago and gave it to a friend who recently confessed he’s never used it and so returned it to her – with the film still on the reflector, truly unused.

Since she already has two other ovens, she gave it some thought and decided to sell it and asked me for some help.

This solar oven is no longer on the market, so this is a rare opportunity.  My friend says it seems to be in perfect condition except for one latch being broken.  This isn’t an essential piece, and the oven should cook fine and maybe just need a little thoughtfulness when carrying it closed – or a latch repair.

The “hybrid” designation refers to the electric heating element built into the bottom.  This is nice when you plan to cook and then see clouds rolling in that may or may not interfere.  Just plug it into a regular AC outlet and push one button to set it to 300 degrees, or both buttons to indicate 350.  Then, the heater will come on when the temperature needs a boost and will turn itself off when it has reached the designated temperature.

When I use my Tulsi, I rarely use the electric option (just leave the cord in storage), but I have used it a couple of times, and it works as promised and has been most appreciated on those days!  But it’s not necessary.

Oh, yes, and when I demonstrate all my ovens, the Tulsi always gets the most attention because it’s narrower than the Sun Oven and carries “like a suitcase.”

This oven used to sell for $299, but it is now discontinued and replaced by a larger, deeper oven that sells for $529.  My friend would like to sell it for $299.  We both would prefer not to deal with shipping, hence this offer to “local friends.”

Please email me at or call me at 575-534-0123.  I take cash, checks, and credit cards now!

Below are all the official features, specs, how it works, and accessories:


  • High performance solar oven w/”energy miser” back up AC 120v. electric elements, ultimate in solar oven technology up to 400F in hybrid mode. Convenient, reliable, economical.
  • 95% reflective scratch resistant reflector panel for longer wear and higher cooking temps, higher reflectivity than a standard glass mirror.
  • Double-paned oven window instead of the typical single pane, holds trapped energy longer for superior heating.
  • Double rubber oven seals instead of a single seal, better long-term heat retention.
  • Attachable Temp. Booster Reflector panels for Higher Temperature Cooking.
  • Larger internal cooking chamber, cook 4 different food items at one time or how about one large pizza.
  • 24/7 electric back-up system is energy-efficient using typically 75% less electrical energy than your standard in-house oven. The cost to operate is pennies.
  • Rugged suitcase design offers clamshell like protection to internal parts.
  • Portable for easy carrying or transport, the suitcase style design fits easily in car trunk, campers, RV’s, or boat. Sets up in seconds: Simple as opening a suitcase.


Hybrid: The Tulsi-Hybrid can be just an electric oven. No sun required. However, as just an electric oven the cooking temperature is constant around 300 as this is the temperature that the internal thermostat shuts-off and on too.  The Tulsi-Hybrid actually cooks hotter and can reach 400+ when the electric and sun are used in unison.

Cooker size: 540 x 540 x 200 mm. / 21.25 in. x 21.25 in. x 7.87 in.
Material: Molded body made of UV resistant fiber reinforced plastic
Cooking capacity: 2 Kgs. or 6-8 Kgs. per day / 4 Lbs. or 13 to 17 Lbs. per day
Total weight: Approx. 13 Kgs. / 29 Lbs. including cooking pots
Tray material & coating: Aluminum sheet, black painted for high UV heat absorption

Energy source: Solar & electric power for backup

Electrical consumption: Low setting. 0.2 KW/h – High setting 0.4 KW/h. depending on amount of food being cooked & ambient conditions
Two Power source: Solar – Electric 120 volts / 60 cycles.

Electrical wattage thermostatically controlled:

Normal setting: 200 Watts (2 amps) 

High setting: 400 Watts (4 amps), (+/-10%)

Manufactured by Rohitas Electronics of Kanpur, India

How It Works

Sun BD Corporation presents Hybrid Solar Oven Technology at its finest, it is easy to use, portable, sets up in seconds and is safer to use because there are no dangerous open flames. The Tulsi-Hybrid produces zero carbon emissions!

OK, this all sounds great you’re thinking, it’s  state of the art technology, easy to use, portable, and cooks without flames. BUT, how does the darn thing work? Like a piece of cake!

The Tulsi-Hybrid solar cooking oven can be operated in any one of three ways:

1) The Tulsi-Hybrid Solar Cooking Oven can be used in Hybrid mode:

We call using both solar and electric in combination – peace of mind. It’s  the best of all worlds. You can solar cook more often and never have to worry about clouds again. When the sun is out the oven acts as a solar oven but when the sun disappears the oven acts as an electric oven cycling itself on and off between electric and solar when the sun reappears. Forget the roller coaster cooking temperatures and the threat of bacterial food poisoning that can happen with solar only ovens. The Tulsi-Hybrid’s  two setting thermostat automatically controls and maintains the cooking temperature inside the oven chamber so your food is always safe and cooked to perfection even when the weather isn’t.

2) The Tulsi-Hybrid Solar Cooking Oven can be an electric oven all by itself.

The Tulsi-Hybrid is thermostatically controlled and reaches cooking temperature of 300 degrees F. The Tulsi-hybrid cycles on and off after reaching cooking temperature for economical energy-efficient operation. It’s so easy to use just plug the Tulsi-Hybrid’s  power cord into any standard 110-volt electrical outlet. Operational cost is only pennies. The power source can from the electric company, a DC/AC inverter, or any back up generator. Wattage requirement a measly 200 watts (+/- 10%).

3) The Tulsi-Hybrid Solar Cooking Oven can be an efficient premium solar oven all by itself.

Simply point the Tulsi-Hybrid towards the sun and adjust the back reflector panel to shine the sun’s sunlight into the oven’s dark cooking chamber. It’s that easy.

You will never find another solar oven like the Tulsi-Hybrid, it’s the ONLY Hybrid Solar Oven sold inAmerica . It’s like having four appliances in one: a solar oven, crock-pot, slow cooker and portable outdoors camp oven.


4 Cooking pots w/Lids:  4-Stainless steel pots w/lips, hard black-coated for UV heat absorption.


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Global Sun Oven has announced their newest Special!

IMG_3572Ah, let’s talk business in a moment….

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!

SunnyCookerWithPyrexBowlsWe 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.)

I’m also able to take credit cards now via PaypaypalPal – if you visit and we use my handy new card reader – or we’re friends and/or you trust me with your card information.  (Sorry that WordPress no longer supports PayPal buttons.)

To contact me, write jean7eisenhower (at), or call me at 575-534-0123.

Happy Summer Cooking!

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Sun Ovens really calling these days

solar cook bAlmost every day recently, we’ve put something in the Sun Oven.

One day, it was beans, for soup, to cook them without adding their strong odor to the house – !

sweet potatoesOne day it was sweet potatoes.

rice dinnerAnother day, left-overs – a no-brainer!  They cook quickly, without drying out – because one of the beauties of Sun Ovens is that they hold in the moisture, so reheated food doesn’t stick.

And one day I used the drying racks to make biscotti of a cake I thought we wouldn’t eat quickly enough!

With the weather so nice, I thought others “on the fence” about the purchase might also be inspired to finally get their Sun Oven, so I spent the day updating my purchasing page, with all my favorite accessories.

And I also spent some time with PayPal, making sure that I’ve made the process as easy as possible for you.

Fresh_Tom_in_GSO.jpegIf you’re inspired, I sure recommend these wonderful items!  (And there’s a special one right now – a baking/dehydrating rack set will come free with your new oven.)

smile SO WSI offered free workshops for years before ever deciding to become a distributor – I believe in them that much.

  • They save you money.
  • They save energy and therefore the planet’s resources.
  • They make you go outside – ! – to notice the weather, the clouds, and birds!
  • They inspire you to live right in so many ways and to understand how easy passive solar energy can be to create – for cooking, heating water, and even heating your house.

Here’s an essay I wrote a few years back, published in numerous places, about the inspiration gained from solar ovens:

chicken beautifulGet inspired!

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Spring Sale on Sun Oven with Dehydrating & Baking Rack Set

solar cook bIt’s a great time of year to start cooking with a Sun Oven if you don’t already!

To encourage us all, Sun Oven has offered only us distributors a special price to offer our communities ~

Fresh_Tom_in_GSO.jpegFrom now til June 19, the Multi-Level Dehydrating & Baking Rack Set is being provided FREE with the purchase of an All American SUN OVEN.

The rack set can be shipped inside the SUN OVEN without increasing the cost of shipping.  (Total cost – including shipping – is $294.  Tax will be added.)

Dehy-Prep-Accessory-Pkg-1024x768If you wonder what other accessories might be nice…

The Dehydrating and Baking Rack Set, which comes with a roll of parchment paper, is just one part of the “Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory Package,” which also includes: 

– 1) Two Easy-Stack Pots w/interchangeable enamel and glass lids (my personal favorite “essential” accessory)
– 2) Two Loaf Pans (non-stick) and
– 3)  the Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator – theWAPI! 

The total value of the “Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory Package” is $54.50, and these other pieces can be purchased for an additional $33 when ordering an oven.

wapi_case-1-148x148The WAPI deserves a little extra description:  It can be dropped in water, heated with any fuel source – a Sun Oven, campfire fire, or other – and will let you know by the simple melting of the special wax when water has reached pasteurization temperatures – which is below boiling.  Boiling, of course, gives you a simple visible sign, but in the event that fuel is in short supply or you must be away from your oven or fire, you might not know that your water has reached the critical temperature for safe consumption.

Since water pasteurization can be life-saving, it only makes sense that every home should have one of these – and they’re only $9.  If you want to buy extras for family and friends, quite a few can easily be added to your order without incurring extra shipping charges.  Just ask.

To buy an oven locally (and save PayPal charges, for which I’ll give you a free cookbook or other gift), just call me at 575-534-0123, or email me at

To purchase via PayPal, click here:

And to read about the new programmable food thermometer, read here:



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Programmable Sun Oven Thermometer with Food Probe

I don’t usually get excited about digital anything,
but I definitely like this brand new item now offered by Sun Oven:


Eliminate the guess work of knowing when your food is ready…
Bake roasts to your liking for meat type and doneness…
Externally monitor your meals while they cook…
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Programmable In-Oven Thermometer with Ultra Probe allows you to check the temperature of food and know when it is done without opening the SUN OVEN door!
The thermometer with an easy-to-read digital screen can be placed on or next to your SUN OVEN.  A probe is inserted into the food, and a high-heat silicone cord connects it to the thermometer.

The thermometer is pre-programmed for the desired temperature and beeps when the desired internal temperature of your food is reached.

This Programmable Thermometer comes preset with the USDA recommended safe temperatures for beef, veal, lamb, pork and poultry.  The preset buttons make it simple to cook to your liking for meat type and “doneness.”  One additional open setting can be programmed to your preferred temperature.
Price:  $28.00 + $4.50 shipping – unless included inside a Sun Oven.  Please let me know if you’re local, already own a Sun Oven, and you’d like me to include it with my next order to save the shipping cost.