Tuesday, August 16, 2011
If At First You Don't Succeed.....Update On Solar Cooking
You try again another day. The day hasn't come yet!
I put my dinner outside at 2:15. I figured that it would cook much like a crock pot. My timing was way off. I think it would have done fine if I had put it out there about 10:30. My brain is having trouble adjusting to the thought that it's okay to put your dinner outside on a hot sunny day!
The temp was 104, so I know that it got hot enough, BUT, raw chicken.... All those years of cooking with my mother, just bothered me. When I went outside to check it at 5:15, everything was VERY hot, but not ready. I brought it in and cooked it in the oven for about 40 minutes and it was just as tasty as I had imagined!
Lessons Learned: This is a slow bake kind of meal. You have to give it plenty of time! I need to put a thermometer inside so I can see what the temperature. I really need a piece of Plexiglas for the top.
We are going to try this again, but with something a little more simple. I think we will try a cake or brownies. Once I get the bugs out of this system, I think it will be very useful! We have many more days of this infernal heat left, so I might as well make them a little sweeter!