Cooking With The Sun [for Earth’s sake]


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Solar cookers and ovens are a super crucial way to help save some kids and critters (raccoons?) of the future

Make or buy a solar oven to preheat and cook your food.

Whether you use a simple cardboard box lined with aluminum foil tape, foil covered bubble wrap [Reflectix] and a big clear plastic bag over it, or a fancy premade mirror box, or premade parabolic mirror, you can help defend the planet and its future inhabitants by Cooking With The Sun.

One way to get started is to buy one of our XOEarth Solar Cookers. They are a quick and cheap way to get started cooking with the sun.

To get one from us, donate $25 or more to us to support our eco projects. Mention the solar cooker in the donation comment section. Add your address. Then we will mail it to you.

If you don't want to support us now {sniffle} you can make the XOEarth Solar Cooker yourself with the simple dimple instructions below.

In any case, just cook it with the sun.

There are a bunch of other great solar cookers out there that you can get as well. We have links to some of them below. There are cardboard box designs that are lined with aluminum foil or foil tape, or you can buy one of the more expensive and techie solar cookers.

There are beautiful parabolic mirror solar cookers and even some with Fresnel lens.

So defend the planet and its future inhabitants by Cooking With The Sun.

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XOEarth Solar Cooker instructions:

Materials:
1 Aluminum Foil Bubble Wrap: 24 inches x 44" / 61 cm x 112 cm [Reflectix or InfraStop or EcoFoil]
2 Big binder clips or similar.

Fold lengthwise. Overlap material about 3 inches on 2 corners. Attach a clip to hold the 2 corners together. Follow overlap to the cone center. Attach a clip to hold the center together.

Face the oven towards the sun to start cooking.

To make the cooker get hotter, put a plastic bag over the food and/or the whole cooker.

That's it. That's how you can help our biosphere live longer by cooking with the sun.

[Check out the pics of the XOEarth Solar Cooker]

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*Cooking With The Sun* song notes:

[Nate and Stele did a mind meld with the raccoons for Cooking With The Sun. They "listened in" to find out what these smart critters have to say about how cooking with the sun conserves energy. Using less fossil fuels to cook food helps make it possible for them to have a good time in the future.
Recorded in the café at Alfalfas Market in Boulder Colorado.]

cook our yummies with the sun,
in solar stoves that are way fun,
photons will boil, bake and dehydrate,
so our future selves can celebrate.

Cooking With The Sun /Nate and stele c14

I love my little home made solar cookers and ovens. Search for DIY solar ovens on Youtube to find a bunch of fun ways to make them yourself. XOEarth Stele.

*A solar cooker, or solar oven, is a device which uses the energy of direct sun rays (which is the heat from the sun) to heat, cook or pasteurize food or drink. The vast majority of solar cookers presently in use are relatively cheap, low-tech devices. Because they use no fuel and cost nothing to operate, many nonprofit organizations are promoting their use worldwide in order to help reduce fuel costs (for low-income people) and air pollution, and to slow down the deforestation and desertification caused by gathering firewood for cooking. Solar cooking is a form of outdoor cooking and is often used in situations where minimal fuel consumption is important, or the danger of accidental fires is high.
via en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cooker

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9 thoughts on “Cooking With The Sun [for Earth’s sake]

  • SteleEly Post author

    http://www.ecofoil.com/
    Reflective foil insulation is a fairly young product in the market of household and commercial insulation products. It was developed based on NASA science that protected the Space Shuttle from radiant heat as it entered and exited the Earth's atmosphere and traveled in space. The high temperatures encountered by spacecraft put incredible stress on the shell of the space vehicles that might cause the materials to fail. By using the reflective properties of foil insulation to act like a mirror and bounce that radiant heat away from the vehicle, the stress on the shell was greatly reduced. NASA's success inspired innovations for household and commercial use of the same science and reflective foil insulation was developed.
    The metal of reflective foil insulation is Aluminum (AL), a metal with very special relationships with heat (energy). Aluminum a very efficient conductor of energy when it is in direct contact with a given object. Conversely, if there is an open space, often termed an air space, between the surface of the aluminum and the object the Aluminum will reflect the energy away from the object. When Aluminum touches an object it transfers heat through conductivity When Aluminum is a barrier between a heat source an object with an air space, it reflects heat.

  • SteleEly Post author

    InfraStop 48" X 100'' Double Bubble Reflective Foil Insulation
    Use Refectix or InfraStop to make your own solar cooker.
    InfraStop® 48" x 100' Square Edge Double Bubble Reflective Foil Insulation
    Premium, American Made Reflective Insulation
    Strong and Durable, 7 Layer Construction
    Unaffected by Moisture and Humidity
    Radiant and Vapor Barrier – All in One
    Class 1 / Class A Fire Rated

  • SteleEly Post author

    Sunflair Mini Portable Solar Oven
    WHY USE A SUNFLAIR® SOLAR OVEN?

     SAVES MONEY 
• No wood, propane, charcoal, gas or electricity
• Doesn’t heat up the home, requiring additional energy to cool it back down.
     SAFER 
• No thermal conductivity. Outside remains at ambient temperature
• No sparks, open flames, gas lines, or propane bottles
     HEALTHIER 
• No charcoal carcinogens • Nutrients cooked into food instead of being boiled or steamed away
     EASIER
 • Can leave food unattended • Food will never burn
     PORTABLE 
• Weighs about 3 lbs (914 g.) • Folds down to the size of a seat cushion • Take it camping, hunting, fishing, boating, picnics, tailgating, etc.
     CAN GO PLACES BARBEQUES CAN’T
 • Can be used in areas where open flames are banned 
• National parks & forests, beaches, high fire danger or drought areas
     ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY • No fossil fuels • No deforestation Non polluting
     EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
 • Cook during a power outage
• Pasteurize water • Essential part of any bug-out bag https://sunflair.net/about-sunflair-solar-ovens/

  • SteleEly Post author

    Kathy Dahl-Bredine writes: “I have found this totally simple solar oven extremely practical, as it is so lightweight and easy to carry along anywhere. But in addition, it has reached a higher temperature in a shorter time than all the other models I have experimented with so far (I haven’t used a parabolic) – a little above 350 degrees F. I have cooked black beans in about the same amount of time as on a gas stove; I’ve used it to bake breads, granola, brownies, lasagna, all sorts of vegetables, and to purify water. The sunshade may not be available everywhere, but I suspect it can be found in most urban areas, since I found it here in southern Mexico. The Velcro was also available in fabric stores. Cost of the sunshade was about $3.00 USD; the Velcro about $.25.” http://www.solarfoodcooking.com/solar-cookers-das

  • Nate Madison

    Ok…Stele, Nate, here…I finally was able to listen to the song, "Cooking with the Sun". Your website is pretty impressive. A lot that you do is impressive. You have many talents, and though regular society may not put as high a price on your contribution; I want to let you know that I believe that with your massage and with your prodding people, on Pearl Street Mall, to "Do Something Good For the Planet" – you make a difference. Perhaps you will help to shake up an old paradigm of taking and taking and not giving back.

    Anyway, thanks for all that you do; for your encouragement – I definitely appreciate it.

    Just so you know…one thing that I do is that I tend to pick up trash if it's immediately in front of me. Something small; but by doing this, perhaps a bird doesn't get caught up in some plastic. Small gestures repeated, really do help. 🙂