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Monday, July 9, 2012
Solar cooker cooking: Sweet potatoes, Garbanzo beans
This is my solar cooker all set up. I have two sweet potatoes in this makeshift pan cooking. Notice it is a black pan in order to help absorb heat. It is actually two round black pans, one being used as a lid to help increase the heat. Once you put the food and pans into the cooker, place the glass over the top. I had to use a brick to hold it in place because I used an old storm window which was too big for the box. The box top is also not terribly flat and the weight helps make a tight seal. You can probably alter most recipes so that you can use this cooker for them, it will just be a bit of a learning curve like anything else. I started with baked sweet potatoes because it is ok if you over or under cook them a little bit. These took 6 hours and came out nice and soft. I went out part way through and changed the angle of the cooker so that it was pointing at the sun. I noticed that it had started to be shaded which is not any good for cooking. I have also made beans in this cooker since. I just did garbanzo beans in water to be used for another recipe. This took 8 hours and they came out great as well. It just takes a little planning in advance and this cooker is an excellent addition to my "kitchen."