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Sun Oven Sunday – It Was a Bust!

This week has been very busy and, as a result, I wanted something quick to try in my sun oven. What could be easier than boxed macaroni and cheese, something my kids still love to eat? So I tried it. As the title states, my quick and easy lunch idea didn’t go so well.

I placed a pot of water in the oven at about 10:45 am and, although the oven kept a temperature of about 300 degrees most of the time, two hours later the water still wasn’t boiling! The water was hot but not boiling as I anticipated. Since I had to go (to take the kids to the movies) my experiment ended and my hopes dashed.

Ok, my hopes weren’t really dashed; however, I was disappointed. My only question to those who have used a sun oven before: does water ever boil and does it matter?

8 comments to Sun Oven Sunday – It Was a Bust!

  • T.R.

    That happens sometimes , better to know before you need it . I have tested things out camping and some did better than expected and some turned out to be junk . I used to carry a machete , but after a few handle breaks and blistered hands , I switched to a tomahawk , works much better for me with half the effort to chop and I like the hammer end mine has .

  • Jennifer

    If you find out why your water didn’t boil, let me know. I have had a sun oven in my garage for 2 years and haven’t used it.
    Now that I retired from teaching and can think straight, I’d like to have the learning experience.

    • Jennifer, I think it’s just a matter of time. So long as the temps are above the boiling point (212 degrees Fahrenheit) then water must boil; I’m just accustomed to near instant gratification such as with a stovetop. Anyway, you can definitely follow along with my weekly Sun Oven Sunday series where I share what I’m up to and what I learn. My request of you is to take the sun oven OUT of your garage and place it in the sun! Now put something to cook in it and find out what happens. :)

  • Cynthia

    Hi, in fact I have macaroni and cheese, homemade, in my solar oven right now. Here’s what I do, mix 1 can of evaporated milk, 1 can of hot water using the evaporated milk can, 2 cups of uncooked macaroni, about 4 cups of shredded cheese, whatever kind you prefer. Mix well and pour into a greased dark pan, cover with lid and place in solar oven. Check macaroni and cheese in about an hour, add more milk, hot, if needed and stir the macaroni at this time also. Be quick so you don’t lose to much heat from your solar oven. I do not precook the macaroni. It’ll be ready in a couple of hours or whenever I get back to it. It’s fun to experiment with the solar oven, so keep trying. Another favorite is cookies. I use a popular cookie mix, mix according to directions and bake in solar oven about 2 hours, depending on how well done I want the cookies.

    • That’s a thought. I’ve never considered NOT boiling water first to cook the macaroni. Unfortunately, I’m a “follow the directions kind of guy” or it doesn’t compute. I do need to learn to leave the sun oven alone too. I’m slightly obsessed with rotating it every 20-30 minutes and checking what’s cooking. I’ll learn. As for the cookies, that sounds yummy. I’ll have to try a batch one of these days and post about it.

  • Does macaroni have to boil to cook? I’ve made different kinds of pasta by bringing water to a boil, reducing heat and just let it soak until tender. It takes longer but it seems to work.

    For mac and cheese I rinse in hot water, toss with olive oil then dump in the cheese mix.

    Now I’m hungry. Think I’ll try some pasta without bringing it all the way to a boil and see how it works.