Thursday, February 2, 2012

Solar cooking the easy way

Hi my name is Norman Jones and I would like to talk about how easy it is to cook with a solar cooker.

My favorite pot to use is a 12 in.cast iron dutch oven. I prefer Lodge because the cast is always perfect. This means the lid fits the oven. The reason I like the 12 in. is it will cook for about 6 people . You can, of course, cook for one if you want. Once you get your oven seasoned you really want to keep it that way, so I use oven baking bags. After cooking you will have some moisture in the bottom of the oven. Just pour it out and wipe it dry. Your seasoned oven is like when you started and no clean up!

The solar cooker that I like the best is the "Sunpower Cooker". It is made right here in the USA. It is the perfect size for a family of 4 to 6. Each type of solar cooker has it's own advantages, and disadvantages, but this one fries, bakes, and boils. It is like having a single stove top burner on medium heat. I just can't say enough on how I love this cooker. ( I have tried many.)

Now for a simple recipe just to let you know how easy this can be;
Put 5 or 6 skinless chicken quarters in the oven bag. Empty 2 packets of dry Italian dressing mix, usually I use the packets, and a 1//2 cup of packed brown sugar. Make sure all chicken quarters are covered. Put the bag tie on the bag. Don't  over tighten, you want hot air to escape. Place on the solar cooker and cook for 4 to 6 hrs and the chicken will just fall right off the bone. It really is that simple. My wife just loves when I cook.

Next week I will post some pictures.

So long for now,

Norman Jones


  1. Wow, thanks for the tips! That recipe is even easier than using a slow cooker. Can't wait to try it. Thanks!

  2. Thank you Gina, I have more simple recipies.

  3. Hi Norman, This solar cooker is original from Germany, which is called Premium11. Please look to This cooker is not Made in USA!
    Best regards,