Cooking with a solar oven is not hard to do as long as you have plenty sun. All day sun is best too. I bought the All American sun oven last year. Once I had used it a couple of times it was pretty easy. The only problem I have with it is that is big and awkward and takes up too much space when not being used. For a while I had it on my kitchen counter but space is limited in my small kitchen and could not afford it the space. I now have it in the bottom of my canning cupboard. So instead of taking up the space when not being used, it is difficult to get to it when I want to use it. My cast iron cookware collection is in a large Rubbermaid container in front of that cupboard. It has to be moved to open the cupboard and cast iron is very heavy. Needless to say, I am not making good use of the sun oven until I can figure out a better spot to store it.
The All American is big, but lightweight, so cooking with a sun oven is something you can do pretty easily. Mine came with the Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory Package. It surprised me that so much stuff was included in the accessory package and the quality was excellent. For the most part the sun oven is a good buy. If your power was out and you had sunshine it would be easy to set it out and let it cook. There is a little gauge on the front that helps you keep it in the right place to catch the sun. You have to keep your eye on it though. The accessory package included the dehydrating and baking rack set, two pots with lids that can be stacked in the oven and two bread pans. Includes the oven thermometer also. Even though their information says it will cook up to 360-400 degrees Fahrenheit, mine has not gone up that high. Usually 350 degrees is about the best I can do. It works though and cooks a lot faster than I expected.
I have made our breakfast in the sun oven, but if you eat early you will have to change your schedule. I had to wait for the sun to be able start cooking. I wanted to try it anyway. I heated up my cast iron skillet in the sun oven and it cooked fine. I also tried baking eggs in my Pyrex glass custard dishes and it came out perfect. Cooking bacon in it was a bit messy when I tried to turn the bacon over and when I took it out. I hated having bacon grease spill in the bottom of the oven. Since I got it I have made a variety of different foods and it always did a good job. It is nice having your meal cooking all day outside and just checking on it or turning it toward the sun every now and then. We will all of a sudden start smelling the food cooking. Fast! Did I mention how fast it actually cooks? It is great for roasts and ribs. I have cooked both and we couldn’t get over how tender and tasty everything turns out.
Cooking with a sun oven is something that comes in handy if you have an emergency of any kind and have no power. You can even take it with you when you go camping. I realize there is much more to this All American Sun Oven and that I have not even scratched the surface of its potential. It is on my list of things I need to work on so I can make it a bigger part of my cooking routine. I forgot to mention that with this oven is also included a 600 eCookbook with your purchase. I just use my regular recipes and adjust them as I see needed. Baking pumpkin bread in it was easy and very good. Came out perfect too.
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