Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey and Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving day was bright and sunny here in SoCal.
The turkey (16 pounds gross*) went in the cooker at 7:30 a.m.
Starting temperature was 45º
Five hours later the Turkey was at 160º
Then 2 things happened:
1. The family ready to eat
2. A high cloud obscured the sun.

Solution: The bird was placed in a conventional oven for a few more minutes until the temperature was correct.

Sweet potatoes
4.5 pound gross
Scrubbed then rubbed with olive oil
Way done in 2 hours

Lessons learned:
You may have all day to cook but if the family meal is planned for noon - you have half a day to cook.

*gross weight includes the food and the pot

Sunday, September 28, 2014

First time out with the wide body prototype. Great ribs. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Just added some great videos to the site.
Or you can check them out here

What I really like about these is that they were created by users of the All Season Solar Cooker, not by me. So check them out and see what others have to say

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Today, stack pot cooking. Got the idea from the indian Tiffen. I have a LOT of solar cookware, so I stacked two large fry pans and one smaller, all with lids so they stack. Bottom pan: Portobello mushrooms stuffed with onion, tomato, jalepeno and cheese. Middle pan: Kielbasa and onions Top Pan: Brown rice At the solar workshops people ask about putting two pots in at once. We are gonna find out

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.