I’ve been slacking lately with my sun oven posts, probably due to the changing of seasons. Anyway, I thought I would search for some descent recipes online (that we’re too complicated too) and found this one for pork and beans:
- 1 can Campbell’s pork and beans
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 teaspoon dried onion
- 1 teaspoon dried mustard
- ¼ cup maple flavored syrup
- 1 slice bacon, cut into pieces and placed on top
Bake in preheated SUN OVEN®
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I was in the mood for some oatmeal on Saturday–my kids least favorite breakfast meal, by the way–and I figured why not try the sun oven. After all, this will probably be a breakfast staple around our house if times get tough.
It was simple enough. I wanted to make two servings so I measured out two cups of water (the recipe calls for 1 and 3/4 cups) and let the sun oven heat the water for well over an hour. Eventually, I figured it was hot enough
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The sun finally cooperated long enough for me to use my sun oven again. This time I wanted to try making saltine crackers. While I wasn’t expecting crackers like I get from the store, I was expecting something a bit better than what came out of the oven when I decided it wasn’t getting any better. Long story short, the “crackers” came out quite rubbery in texture so I popped them in my Excalibur dehydrator for a few hours hoping that would help, and
Continue reading Sun Oven Sunday – Saltine Crackers? (Not Exactly)
Since the weather has been crummy for the past few days, I didn’t have a chance to use my Sun Oven. So, instead I decided to try something that I haven’t seen elsewhere in the preparedness community–and probably for good reason–I tried to make flour from rice in order to make a loaf of bread. As you might tell from the picture (left) it didn’t work out so well; this is normally the story of my life the first time I try something new. Continue reading Sun Oven Sunday – I Tried Making Flour From Rice Instead
This week’s Sun Oven meal went off without a hitch, I’m happy to report. I tried vegetarian chili which, of course, I assumed I couldn’t get wrong but you never know when I’m cooking. I even tried to be a little daring this time and, instead of constant checking the oven’s alignment with the sun ever 30 minutes or so, I choose to set it up how I expected the sun to traverse the sky throughout the day so that the meal would slow cook over
Continue reading Sun Oven Sunday – Vegetarian Chili
This week I’m trying a fairly common meal around our home, something we make usually every month: a baked potato and vetegables, specifically broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. It’s a very simple dish to make, the kids like it, and my wife approves. So, I figured I would try it in the sun oven and see what happens.
I cut the veggies into bit-sized pieces and placed them in the pot, topped with some butter slices from a stick of butter, salted a bit, and
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Doesn’t that look pretty? Of course it does… it came out of my electric oven.
As you might be able to tell, I tried eggs again, this time in a broccoli quiche dish. Since my wife doesn’t fully trust my cooking (and I don’t blame her) she always insists that we make a meal in the “normal” oven while I experiment in the Sun Oven. Okay, that’s fair. And, in this case, it was probably a
Continue reading Sun Oven Sunday – Broccoli Quiche (That Means Eggs!)
This week I went back to the basics, this time I cooked just plain rice (click on the picture for a larger view). After all, I’m probably not going to be baking many cookies or brownies if times get tough. So, my wife suggested I try to cook rice. I said, “How hard can that be? It’s just plain rice!”
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I figured this meal, tuna helper, was another no-brainer: combine all ingredients, get it to boil, and simmer for a while. Unfortunately, my plans didn’t work out quite that way. I never did get it to boil (after waiting at least an hour and having used hot water to begin with) and when I finally pulled the tuna helper out, it still looked way too runny. I let it sit for at least 15-20 minutes and decided I was going to eat it anyway… I
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Another easy recipe you just have to love: potatoes and green beans, seasoned with a bit of salt and butter… and fresh picked from the garden too! This side dish normally takes a few hours to cook on a conventional stove so I was expecting this to be an all day affair.
After about two to two and a half hours I decided to check the green beans–via taste test–and they were done. I didn’t bother with taste testing the potatoes at that time
Continue reading Sun Oven Sunday – Potatoes and Green Beans (Side Dish)