Ever since the derecho storm in 2012 which caused us to lose power for 8 days, I've been a little obsessed with clever off grid living ideas. One of those clever things I wanted was a sun oven. They are pricy, though, so I've been biding my time. You can bake anything in them that you would bake in a regular oven: stews, breads, cookies. You can even dehydrate in them.
By this time it was noon. I put in a pot of lentil soup to start. The pots are stackable, so after an hour I added a pot of cabbage with seasoning. Each time you open the oven, it lets out heat like a crockpot, so you have to be careful about that. I checked it about every 40 minutes to realign with the sun.
What I didn't take into account was that this time of year, the sun sets behind our mountain at around 2:30 in the afternoon. Yes, that's right. 2:30.
Fortunately, the sun oven did hit 300* even in that short amount of time, and everything was cooked. While it probably could have used another hour of cooking, we did enjoy the meal. It performed well considering all my first timer mistakes! And next time will be even better I'm sure.
Readers, do you do much cooking in the yard?