Thursday, June 21, 2007

Solar cooker

Logan and I finally finished making our solar cooker. It is a box cooker from the book Cooking With Sunshine. It was pretty easy to make, it is basically 1 box inside another box with crumbled newspaper as insulation. We painted the outer box black and covered the inner box with foil. Logan had a lot of fun painting the glue onto the box, smoothing the foil down, and then painting the outer box black.



We cooked for the first time in it yesterday. Here is the completed cooker with the pot in it. We made white rice for our first attempt since it is easy and cooks relatively quickly.


We left the pot outside for 4 hours and viola, rice! It tasted great and was so much fun. I highly recommend the book Cooking With Sunshine. It has easy to follow directions and a ton of great looking recipes. I look forward to playing with this more as the summer goes on.

8 comments:

frugalmom said...

That looks pretty neat. Very much a project the kids would like.

Deanne said...

Wow! That's awesome! That might be something we'll have to try over here. Thanks for sharing that. BTW, I enjoy your garden updates too. ;) It ALMOST makes me think I could do it too. LOL

Danielle said...

Too cool! Thanks for the book rec and the inspiration!

Crunchy Chicken said...

Holy mackerel, you MADE your own solar cooker! You guys rock!

I think I know what I'll be doing next month. If only it were more sunny around here the rest of the year....

Christy said...

Thanks for all the comments. It was a lot of fun to make. And so exciting to lift the lid off the pot and see cooked rice. Just from the sun!

Deanne - gardening isn't all that hard, especially in containers. Beans are really easy to grow and would be a great place to start.

CC - yeah, I guess Seattle might be a hard place for a solar cooker. We do get a lot of sun here even in the winter so I hope to be able to use it a lot.

Marsaili said...

Wow, that is really cool, I'll have to get that book and try it with my boys! I love your site and your garden is beautiful, I didn't get one in this year because we just bought a house and will be moving, so I'll be sure to check your updates to see how yours is going---I'll garden vicariously through you, LOL!

linda m said...

How cool is that! I've heard about solar cookers but never actually heard of one in use. Logan looked like he was really into putting it together.

Mikaela said...

Wow - that's pretty cool! :)

(Found your blog via OLS.)