Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today - a 4 pound tri tip roast. One hour to medium rare (140) and two hours to well done (190) The family likes well done.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today.. The clear polycarbonate steam table trays cook more quickly than the amber sulphone ones. But I was not around enough to measure how significant. The glass bowls cook more quickly than the clear polycarbonate. But again, more work is needed to learn if this is a significant difference. The polycarbonate is rated for 210º F. I heated a jar of cooking oil to 250º using the polycarbonate trays. The jar sat directly on the lower surface. There was no melting or any indication of failure. Perhaps the ambient air is cooling the polycarbonate enough to keep the plastic itself from exceeding temperature rating.
My friend Ravindra sent me this cooker. I like it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF57dVycVmo

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This week: testing sulphone and polycarbonate steam table trays against glass bowls. I am looking for a lightweight, durable enclosure for the pot and the steam table trays show promise.

Monday, August 18, 2014

To Sam et al.
Here ia a short list of the foods I have burned in the All Season Solar Cooker:
Bread
Rice
Lasagna
Corn Bread

And I have overcooked:
Brownies
Beans
Squash

Unlike most panel cookers, the ASSC reaches normal oven temperatures - 350º - so it can burn about anything

A batch of beans takes about as long as it would on a stove top - 5 hours from dry to perfectly tender.
3 days of solar cooking
Day 1 - a large bot of beans - 3 cups dry pinto, 9 cups water, 1 Tbs olive oil, dehydrated garlic. The 3 to 1 ratio is pretty good for summer cooking. I use one less cup of water in winter. For 2 cups of dry beans, 5 cups of water.
The pot was 2/3 full and cooked very well.
Day 2 - perfect tri-tip roast. a little over 3 pounds. Done in 90 minutes - but I let it simmer for another hour to increase tenderness and to please my "no pink in the middle!" family members.
Day 3. 5 pound roasting hen. Rubbed with Monterey Steak seasoning. Cooked to juicy doneness then drained and painted with BBQ sauce and put on the grill for a few minutes each side. Absolutely delicious.
Day 0 - brownies - which I always overcook!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Today's experiment.
I have been experimenting with nylon bags (oven bags) and getting good results when the pot is placed inside the bag.
Today I will use a bag to form a door for the entire cooker reflective area. See how that works.