SOLAR COOKERS ON EARTH DAY.
COOKERS OF THE WORLD – UNITE!
Did you know that food can be cooked with the sun? For Earth Day 2016, here’s an introduction to environmental friendly solar cooking. Bon appetit.
Reflectors are opened like petals on a flower, to collect and focus sunlight. The glass cover will trap heat inside the oven and pots.
You’ll understand this better by remembering how hot your car can get if it is parked in the sun.
With solar ovens it’s always best to cook with less liquid than traditional ovens because sun ovens operate in slightly lower temperature ranges. Also, it is best to use black cookware that will absorb the sunlight. An exception to this rule is parabolic solar cookers which are exceptionally hot.
Here are a few different solar cookers we have used over the years.
Our more traditional crock pot is used for cloudy days, and yet it works from stored solar electricity.
This brilliant model designed in India is a solar electric plug-in hybrid. An electric heating element comes on if the sun goes behind the clouds.
In many sun rich areas of the world solar cooking helps women avoid breathing smoke from cook fires and saves money. The sun cookers also help save trees and the earth’s delicate ecology.
This parabolic solar cooker was developed in part, by the Women’s Engineers of Mali.
Patricia McArdle, former US diplomat and a technical advisor to Solar Cookers International (SCI) is an advocate of sustainable, renewable energy, and a global promoter of integrated solar thermal cooking technology. This photo taken near New Delhi, India (used courtesy of SCI.) illustrates the simplicity and elegance of a solar panel cooker.
What about this innovative idea for a built-in solar kitchen?
As surely as the sun arises, may the fog on our consciousness lift. Come on world… let’s have a full scale embrace of all the solar solutions and let’s get on with solar cooking.
Along with saving the planet from more massive climate change events, a small bonus will be that people who use propane barbecues won’t have to change cylinders all the time.
Put that in your barbecue and smoke it!
Cheers, and have happy earth day – every day.