Saturday, March 5, 2011

Solar Powered Cooking Seminar "Notes"

It's not every day that one get's to rub elbows with an international humanitarian and solar cooking guru like Paul Munsen. Today we had the rare opportunity to have him here in Mesa teaching a seminar on Solar Cooking for Preparing Wisely! It was not only educational, but exceptionally fun! 

Paul started the bread in the solar oven about 45 minutes before he started the class.  Then we got him to get some photos with Troy!  I think the matching beards are a nice touch.  
here's the video from 
 The Ultimate Solar Appliance

Tips for making a lot of Cookies in a Global Sun Oven at once...

One thing people often struggle with, is the limited space inside the Global Sun Oven. However, one of the amazing things about the Global Sun Oven is that the cooking airflow is much like a convection oven in how well it evenly heats food.  Say goodbye to burned bottoms of cookies.  It won't happen. Cookies are in fact, one of the few things that can be burned in a solar oven due to the high fat and sugar content of most cookie dough.  Cooking time needs to only be adjusted by 7-10 minutes. So, if a recipe calls for baking at 350 for 10-12 minutes, you will need to bake them in the Global for 17-22 minutes. When the surface of the   appear dry, the cookies are usually done.
If you use a pan sized 11x7x1.5 inches, you can fit eight small cookies to a pan. You can then stack them in the solar oven!

 Where do you get your recipe for 

May we suggest: Chocolate chip cookies of love. 

If you stack the pans in the Global Sun Oven, you can get 3-4 pans in there at a time, that's three and a half dozen baking at once.  Now...I don't know about you, but that might be about equal to how many you can fit in your regular oven!

That is a sweet reason to pick up a solar oven...especially since it doesn't heat up your house to make cookies, right?!