Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Today we decided to try out our new Sun Oven solar oven. We have some peppers to dehydrate, so wanted to get the oven prepped and ready for use. The first step before cooking or dehydrating food in the oven is to clean the inside. This involves setting the oven up, putting an uncovered pot of vinegar inside, and letting it sit in the sun for a few hours.

Today was very overcast, so there were no extended periods of full sun. We were still able to get temperatures of 250 degrees, with the low being around 140. This was enough to heat the vinegar up nicely and coat the inside surfaces of the oven with the residue. Andrea then wiped everything down, and the oven is sitting on the front porch with the lid cracked so it can air dry.

I can tell that the oven is going to definitely require some getting use to. Getting the direction right isn't too difficult, as long as there is plenty of sun, but I haven't quite figured out how to get the angle of the oven just right. I'm sure that as we use it more this will become second nature.

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