I’m really interested in my Global Sun Oven because I see it as a huge resource in hard times. Therefore, I wanted to know more about it and what it can do. So, I started by visiting their website, SunOven.com. All information below was taken wholly or in part from their website and my comments/thoughts are found in parentheses:
- The Global Sun Oven was introduced in 1986 and has been in production ever since (that’s a good track record).
- Food can be “baked, boiled, and steamed at cooking temperatures of 360° F to 400° F” (though I’ve never had the temps that high yet).
- Air does not “move” in the Sun Oven (so it’s not like a convection oven most people accustomed to and takes some getting used to).
- “Temperatures… rise slowly and evenly, allowing complex carbohydrates time to break down into simple sugars” (sounds good to me).
- “The even temperature… prevents burning” (which is usually good unless you’re cooking eggs as I’ve found out!).
- The Sun Oven can be used to slow cook foods by “point[ing] the oven where the sun will be approximately halfway through the time you will be gone” (need to try).
- “A Sun Oven can be used in parks that ban open flame cooking. There is never any danger of fire or of burning food or forests” (and it’s free energy too).
- Pasteurize water rather than boiling it with the included Wapi indicators (saves both fuel and time).
- Dehydrate fruits and vegetables for long term storage (I can only imagine how long it would take considering that my Excalibur takes 12-18 hours).
- Heat water for bathing or other small batch hot water needs (it will take a few hours for each batch as I found out recently).
- Use it to kill infestations in grains and other dry foods (I would think you want to be careful with how hot you get the oven).
- Can be used to sanitize dishes (might also be useful to sterilize medical instruments but they don’t metion that).
- Use it to dry firewood (I would hate to rely on my Sun Oven to do that but I guess it’s good to know that I can).
- Sprout foods (they mention this as a possibility but I can’t see why you would need to put grains in a Sun Oven to sprout them).
- Decrystalize honey (this would also save fuel and water).
- The outside temperature makes little difference so it can be used in the winter (overcast and rain are a different story).
- Addition accessories may be purchased that allows for drying and baking (got ‘em but haven’t tried yet).
So, did you learn something new? Have something to add?