Start Reducing Your Carbon Footprint ! - the Fun Nutritious Delicious Way!
What can I do?
Where do we start?
Why not start in your own backyard?
Many Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the need to take responsibility for the greenhouse gas emissions we create. Carbon dioxide released from burning fossil fuels like oil, coal, and gas can be harmful to the environment. Using a SUN OVEN® can be an important step on the path towards your family becoming "carbon neutral".
Rated as the Top Solar
Appliance in the World!
GLOBAL SUN OVEN® with:
* Built in thermometer
* Attached one piece collapsible reflectors
* Spill-proof levelator
* Self-contained leveling leg
Outdoor Gourmets -
endeavoring to expand what they can cook and improve the taste of what they
Home Bakers - enabled to
bake on stifling summer days without heating up their kitchens.
looking to Green their lives by saving energy.
· Residents of storm prone areas - insuring they can cook when the power is out.
Teachers - seeking to
create an authentic learning experience to teach about science the environment
and the needs of the developing world.
Slow Food Movement Members -
looking for an eco-friendly method to cook good, clean and fair food.
Vegetarian Community -
seeking safe natural cooking for their healthy food choices.
Campers - craving unique
camp cooking opportunities, or the ability to cook in fire prone areas where
open flames have been banned.
- yearning to improve their menus without spending the whole time in
- wanting to improve the flavor and moisture of game.
· Food Preservations - naturally drying and dehydrating to create sun dried foods.
Benefits of Solar Cooking
Cooking in a SUN OVEN® is easy, fun, natural, and nutritious, while helping the environment. SUN OVENS® are ideal for everyday use in your back yard, at picnics, while camping, or in the event of a power failure. They can help keep your house cool in the summer by keeping the heat from cooking outside.
Even though it is called an oven, food can be baked, boiled, and steamed at cooking temperatures of 360° F to 400° F. There is no movement of air in a SUN OVEN®, allowing food to stay moist and tender and flavorful. Sun-baked roasts are tastier and more succulent, and sun-baked bread has unparalleled taste and texture. The aroma of food sunning itself in a SUN OVEN® is sure to please your senses.
Temperatures in a SUN OVEN® rise slowly and evenly, allowing complex carbohydrates time to break down into simple sugars, emanating subtle natural flavors. The even temperature of the SUN OVEN® prevents burning, so you do not need to stir your food while it is cooking.
There are two ways to cook in a SUN OVEN®. If you refocus the oven to follow the sun every 25 to 30 minutes, cooking times and methods will be very similar to cooking with a conventional stove or oven. Or a SUN OVEN® can be used for slow cooking, much like a crock-pot. You can prepare your dinner, put it in the SUN OVEN®, point the oven where the sun will be approximately halfway through the time you will be gone. Leave, and come home to a tasty, slow-cooked dinner. If you run late, there is no need to worry; the SUN OVEN® will keep your food warm, moist, and fresh for hours.
Why Cook in a SUN OVEN®? It's all about the Food!
The F's of SUN OVEN® Cooking it's Fresh, Flavorful, and Fundamentally Nutritious.
HARD BOILED EGGS COOKED WITHOUT WATER
SUN OVENS International is involved in solar cooking projects in deforested countries on 5 continents helping women and children in developing countries around the world and relies on the domestic sales of GLOBAL SUN OVENS® to help finance these endeavors. Thank you for your support !
People have used the sun to cook for centuries, yet solar cooking has never gained widespread acceptance. Sun Ovens International has taken a concept that has been around for generations, combined it with the most effective materials available, a design with features that take the hassles out of solar cooking, to create the Ultimate Solar Appliance.
The reflectors are made of highly polished, mirror-like anodized aluminum that can be cleaned quickly and easily with glass cleaner, and they will never oxidize or rust.
Easy Temperature Monitoring - A built in thermometer allows you know the temperature at a glance.
Self-Contained Leveling Leg - As the sun is at different points on the horizon the GLOBAL SUN OVEN® can readily be adjusted to follow it. A simple adjusting leg allows you to choose from 9 angled positions.
Extremely Well Insulated - A thick batt of non-toxic insulation retains heat. Food cooked in the sun and left in the oven will remain hot for hours. Cold air is held out allowing the oven to be used on sunny days year around regardless of the ambient temperature.
Light Weight, Easy to Carry - only 21 pounds (9.5 kg), folds up like a suitcase, equipped with handle for easy transport.
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Also Available: Villager Oven (Cook 250 Loaves per Day)
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GLOBAL SUN OVEN® with: * Built in thermometer * Attached one piece collapsible reflectors * Spill-proof levelator * Reg Price: $289.00 (Please email for Our Lower Price)
Granite Ware Enamel 3-quart Pot 9.75" x 5.75" Holds a 3 lb. bird or a
3 lb. roast
Reg Price: $22.00 (Please email for Our Lower Price)
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A Month of Sundays - Solar Cooking at Home Keeping America GREEN with Sharlene Thomas 81 pages. Price: $17.45
(Vegetarian Solar Recipes) By Jennifer Stein Barker 97 pages. Price: $17.45 (See more on Vegetarian Cooking below)
Southwestern Recipes for Solar Cooking. A Different Kind of Cookbook! 50 pages. Price: $17.45
Loaf Pans - favorite size for homemade breads & cakes provides an even-heating performance. The non-stick coating makes food release and clean-up a breeze!. Price: $11.35 pr
Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI) is a simple thermometer
that indicates when water has reached pasteurization temperature and is safe to
Pasteurization destroys all microorganisms that cause diseases from drinking contaminated water and milk. A small polycarbonate tube contains a wax that melts when water or milk is heated enough to be pasteurized (65 C/149 F). This saves much fuel by eliminating the need to boil water or milk to ensure that the pasteurization temperature has been reached.
Since water pasteurizes at temperatures well below the boiling point of water, WAPIs save time when solar pasteurizing, and save fuel when using traditional fuels. Price: $8.00 ea
by Jennifer Stein Barker
author of the Morning Hill Solar Cookery Book (available above)
Vegetarian dishes come out sweet, nutritious, and delicious in a SUN OVEN®! Temperatures in a SUN OVEN® rise slowly and evenly. This makes SUN OVENS®perfect for cooking legume, grain and vegetable-based dishes.
You can cook anything in a SUN OVEN® that you cook in a moderate oven (~225 to 350 degrees), or in a slow cooker. Your SUN OVEN® is perfect for baking whole-grain breads and cakes, roasting vegetables, and simmering casseroles. See how easy it is to create a nutritious, delicious vegetarian meal in a SUN OVEN®.
In a SUN OVEN®, mass equals cooking time (heavy, wet dishes like casseroles will take longer to come up to cooking temperature than light, airy ones like breads and cakes).
Remember, the basic rule in a SUN OVEN® is, "Cook it till it's done!" (Book available above)
Solar cooking is the simplest, safest, most convenient way to cook food without consuming fuels or heating up the kitchen. Many people choose to solar cook for these reasons. But for hundreds of millions of people around the world who cook over fires fueled by wood or dung, and who walk for miles to collect wood or spend much of their meager incomes on fuel, solar cooking is more than a choice — it is a blessing. For millions of people who lack access to safe drinking water and become sick or die each year from preventable waterborne illnesses, solar water pasteurization is a life-saving skill. There are numerous reasons to cook the natural way — with the sun.
Frequently Asked Questions
Anything you can cook in a conventional electric or gas oven and most things you can cook on a stovetop can be cooked in a SUN OVEN®. You can bake, boil and steam, so the only foods you cannot cook are fried foods.Where are they Manufactured
The SUN OVENS® which are sold in North America are made in Elburn, Illinois. With the exception of the thermometer, all of the component parts used in the SUN OVENS® are made in the USA.
SUN OVENS® that are used outside of North America are often made in the country in which they are used.
What is the cooking temperature rangeThe SUN OVEN® will reach temperatures of 360 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking temperatures will vary depending on the brightness of the sun and how often the oven is refocused to follow the sun.
Will food taste the same as a Conventional OvenThe food tastes much better! SUN OVEN®cooking allows many of the natural flavors of food, which get baked out in conventional ovens, to remain. The slow, even rise in temperatures in a SUN OVEN® gives the complex carbohydrates time to break down into simple sugars allowing subtle natural flavors to emerge. Sun baked-foods stay moist (the natural internal juices do not bake out) resulting in a superior, moist taste and much less shrinkage.
Cooking times are close to the same as those in a conventional oven. Because
the sun sometimes goes behind clouds, cooking times can vary. At times it may
take a little longer. The factors that affect the cooking time are: the quality
of the sunlight at the time you are cooking, the types and quantities of the
food being cooked, and how often the oven is refocused. A good rule of thumb is
to add 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time for each time the oven door is opened.
No, but dark, thin-walled pots with lids work best. Dark pots change the light from the sun into heat energy. Shiny aluminum pots and pans cause light to be reflected out thereby reducing the oven's temperature. Glass casserole dishes with lids also work well.
With the exception of bakery goods, everything cooked in a SUN OVEN® should be cooked in a pot with a lid. Lids hold steam in the pot. If a lid is not used, the steam will fog the inside of the glass and reduce the temperature. For baking cakes, breads, cookies and pies, dark cookie sheets and baking tins work best.
Can more then one thing be cooked at the same timeYes, the SUN OVEN® has been designed to accommodate baking two loaves of bread at a time. Several flat pans can be cross stacked to enable several layers when making granola or cookies. Two small stackable pots can be used on the leveling tray. The leveling tray can be removed to increase the usable area inside the SUN OVEN® and allow larger stackable pots or pans to be used. (It is important to note that if the leveling tray is removed, pots and pans should be placed on a trivet, not on the floor of the oven. To cook evenly, there must be air flow all the way around the pot. A trivet will allow enough air to pass under the pot to ensure an even heat.)
Does food need to be stirredNo, stirring to prevent scorching is not required when cooking in a SUN OVEN® due to the fact that there are no hot spots. The temperature of the food and the pot remain the same and rise evenly. It is almost impossible to burn food in a SUN OVEN®.
In full sun, bread baked in a SUN OVEN® will brown. To insure a brown crust every time bread is baked, a light mist of water can be sprayed on the dough just before it is placed in SUN OVEN®. A dark lustrous finish on breads can be achieved by using an egg-or milk-wash on the dough before baking.When poultry is baked in a SUN OVEN® in a covered pot it does not brown. A golden brown surface can be attained on meats and poultry by sprinkling a small amount of sugar over them. Paprika is also useful for creating an appetizing appearance.
How difficult is it to focus to the sun
Focusing a SUN OVEN® is very easy. All that is required is to watch the shadows created by the oven. When the shadows are even on all sides, the cooker is directly focused. The built-in leveling leg on the back of the oven allows for easy tracking.
How often must it be refocusedThe need to refocus depends a great deal on what you are cooking, the time of day, and the temperature you wish to maintain. A good rule of thumb is to plan to readjust every 30 minutes to maintain maximum heat. At noon the sun is high in the sky and moves quickly past the maximum focus point, creating the need to refocus more often. Later in the day you will not need to refocus as often. The SUN OVEN® is equipped with a built in Levelator, which keeps food level and avoids spills while being refocused.
Will I need to be concerned about getting burnedThe only parts that get hot are the oven chamber, the cooking pan and the glass door. Proper care must be taken to use hot pads when opening the door and removing food. The entire exterior of the oven, including the reflectors, does not get hot and remains safe to touch.
How long will a Sun Oven last
The estimated life of a SUN OVEN® is 15 + years. With proper care it should last a Lifetime.
Do I need a special recipe bookThe SUN OVEN® reaches temperatures comparable to that of conventional ovens; therefore no special recipes are required.
What are the dimensions
The size of the SUN OVEN® is 19'' x 19'' with an average depth of 11''. The total weight is only 21 pounds, Plus carry handle.What materials are used in construction
The following materials used to make a SUN OVEN®:
Yes, a SUN OVEN®can be
used on a clear winter day. The most important factor in using a SUN OVEN®
is the brightness of the sun, not the outside air temperature. Often, a
40-degree, clear, low-humidity day will allow food to cook faster than a
100-degree day with high humidity. The SUN OVEN® has
been used very successfully at the base camp of a Mt. Everest expedition where
the temperatures are often well below zero. There are, however, more cooking
hours available in the summer than in the winter. In the summer, it is not
unusual to cook from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, whereas during the early winter,
effective cooking is limited to 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Can it be used to dry or dehydrateYes, a SUN OVEN®makes an excellent solar dryer. When the latch (which holds the door shut for cooking) is turned inward and the glass door is set on top of the latch, moist air can escape and the temperature inside the oven will remain low enough to keep the items being dried from starting to cook.
Are Sun Ovens used in other countries
Yes, SUN OVENS International, Inc. is involved in solar cooking projects in deforested countries on 5 continents. We have been innovative in developing methods of placement, training, and marketing to assist in the positioning of over 34,000 family sized GLOBAL SUN OVENS® in the U.S. and more than 100 developing countries, and 250 large VILLAGER SUN OVENS®in deforested developing countries. We are striving to develop and implement comprehensive solar cooking programs which will radically decrease the developing world's dependence on fuel wood and dung as the primary cooking fuels, while benefiting the environment, raising the standard of living, and improving the health of the poor worldwide. Domestic SUN OVEN® sales help finance these endeavors.
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