Cooking with a Solar Oven

So when I saw this video and went to the Sun Oven website I was fantasizing about how perfect a Sun Oven would be if you had a beach house – you could put it out in the morning with your slow cooking stew or whatever it is you were making, not heat the house and have dinner ready with minimal fuss.

Of course people with beach houses is not a large enough demographic to sell solar ovens in perpetuity so when you go to their website it has a real survivalist tone, one that initially I find kind of off-putting because I conger up images of the Uni Bomber or paranoid conspiracy theory types living in the woods and cursing the far reach of the government.  Then of course I realize this would be perfect for lefty environmentalist and suburban families who like to cook.  Or people like me who one day fantasize about having a beach house!

What bothers me is the need to sell something with fear: emergency preparedness. But then I think: emergencies do happen and these days with more extreme weather conditions they happen more often.  I can imagine cooking with my solar oven on the roof of my building after the streets of Manhattan have been devastated by a giant tsunami. Well not really, but I can imagine putting it in the sands by the Atlantic Ocean outside of my Fire Island beach house and letting dinner cook in the sun while I do the same by the pool.

My only other thoughts on this are it would be nice if they could make a version with more environmentally safe products: no plastic, no fiberglass.  This of course is a small issues.   Mostly I just think how cool it would be to make things in a solar oven, kind of like an Easy Bake oven for adults.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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2 Responses to Cooking with a Solar Oven

  1. My favorite line: “Most people don’t do a lot of solar cooking at night.”

    And a lot of these alternative preparation/food storage folks appear to be survivalists. We got a food dehydrator and vacuum sealer (because too much canning was becoming burdensome), and some woman who did a series on YouTube about using them actually included Lyndon LaRouche in her credits.

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