Cooking Without Fire

cooking without fireFire and fuel for cooking are critical needs during an emergency situation. If you are in a location  where you cannot get fuel for fire, what are your alternatives? Why not use the sun!

There are four components needed for solar cooking:
1.  A fire proof container to hold your cooking vessel
2.  Reflective material to capture the sun’s energy and direct it
3.  A black cooking vessel
4.  A stabilizing base

Armed with this concept, Milwaukee retired restauranteur, Tom Burns designed his first solar oven in 1986 and the SUN OVEN® was born. Tom, a world traveling Rotarian, recognized the ever growing need for cooking fuel in developing countries and introduced his SUN OVEN® to the world to help reduce the ever-growing problem of deforestation. He took this centuries old idea and engineered it using cutting edge technologies to produce the world’s most efficient and effective solar cooking devices.

For the past 28 years, SUN OVENS® have been proudly made in the USA using virtually all American made components. We believe in free enterprise and seek to take a private sector approach to helping solve problems, many of which have often been left to governments. Millions of families around the world are benefiting every day from SUN OVEN®  products. We strive to assist entrepreneurs to make and market SUN OVENS® in the country in which they will be used. In addition, we assist in implementing projects to help organizations to gain self-sufficiency through the sale of bakery goods sun-baked in the VILLAGER SUN OVEN®.

The reason we are so passionate about our work in Third World nations is that it saves lives:
•  2.4 billion people still depend on wood, charcoal or dung for cooking fuel.
•  Women who cook with wood or charcoal inhale the equivalent of smoking 3 packs of cigarettes each day.
•  Each year, on the continent of Africa alone, over one million children under the age of 5 die from respiratory related disease. The leading cause of respiratory infections is the indoor air pollution of cooking fires.
•  Up to 85% of the smoke can be eliminated with the use of SUN OVENS®.

When you buy a SUN OVEN® you are helping us with this work. We think it is the ultimate win-win situation when we can help more people in the U.S. discover the joys of cooking with the sun as they help us expand the use of SUN OVENS® around the world.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

Prepper Camp™ Recap

Prepper Camp

In the foothills of western North Carolina, over 600 serious preparedness citizens gathered for a 3-day, total immersion experience in survival at Prepper Camp™. Attendees had opportunities to learn from the best in the business about topics ranging from alternative power solutions, cheese making, first aid, herbal medicine, how to grow a camouflaged food forest, solar cooking and water filtration. In addition, they had time to talk to vendors and practice some of the skills they learned during evening activities as they camped on the meeting site.

Prepper Camp™

 

Billie  Nicholson, editor

October 2014

Additional articles in this month’s issue:

What’s in Your Every Day Carry Kit?
Emergency Medical Assessment  
How’s Your Battery Health?  
10 things You’ll Regret Not Having Enough of When the SHTF by Elise Xavier, 
Waste Not … Want Not… Making Apple Cider Vinegar
Escaping a Riot

Our solar Chef presents Solar Apple Soup

 

 

Solar Cooking for A Rainy Day

Bacon!

Bacon! It seems like everyone loves bacon. But before I had a Sun Oven it was something I rarely ate at home. I hated the way the smell permeated the entire house and nine times out of ten I burnt it to beyond a crisp. Maybe that explains the unpleasant aroma. With the Sun Oven bacon is easy. However, it’s still an occasional food around our house; so much so that if I don’t cook the entire package in one go the uncooked portion will likely spoil. Luckily, cooked bacon will keep in the fridge for about a week and because it already cooked it easily finds its way into soups, salads, and sandwiches. I’ve even started saving and using the fat. Use two baking pans, with or without racks, to fit a full pound of bacon in the Sun Oven. Cross-stack them on the leveling tray. Bacon is on of the few things that can burn in the Sun Oven so start checking on it after half an hour or so. Take it out as soon as it’s ready. The top tray will cook a little faster. Don’t let its bacony goodness cause you to forget about the bottom one.

Bacon! and Cat!

 

SUN OVENS®, Stored or Used?

Sun Oven storedAre you the proud owner of a SUN OVEN®? We hope you are prepared for emergencies when the power to your cooking appliances is interrupted. There are many situations when we may need an alternative to our ovens and cooktops. The SUN OVEN® is an efficient option in disaster situations and in everyday use, too.

So, having purchased one, have you opened the box to examine and prepare it for use? The All American Sun Oven® ships with a

set of pot and pans that are lightweight graniteware that heat up quickly. The baking pans are non-stick. What did you get? Have you washed them and started using them?  They can be used on a conventional stove or campfire as well. When you first open the package, set it up outside and preheat some soapy water. Steaming this inside the oven will prepare it for use. Once you’ve prepped the oven, why not go ahead and cook something? Our website is jammed with recipes to use. The three drying racks make wonderful supports with parchment paper to hold cookies while they bake.

Are you planning a trip this summer? Will you be cooking? Take your SUN OVEN® with you. It can be used to keep food cool until you’re ready to cook and works great if you’re camping in a no burn area, where campfires are prohibited because of drought.

Look at using your SUN OVEN® as a challenge. How many times can you use it in a week? Take the time to listen to the videos on our website and become familiar with it’s set up and use. Remember familiarity will save you hours of guesswork during stressful times. With the longer sunlight hours of summer and lots of fresh foods available to cook, save some electricity in your home by cooking with solar energy. SUN OVENS® are not just for emergencies. They can be used every day. What is the most unusual thing you’ve cooked in your oven? Send your week’s list to editor@sunoven.com. We look forward to reading your mail.

Tuna Casserole from Food Storage

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All the ingredients in this recipe came from food storage. We rotated out the oldest items from our shelves. On a 70 degree day, the sun came out in the afternoon. We started this at 3:30PM and cooked it until 5:30PM. Temperature held at 300 degrees. The casserole was nice and bubbly hot throughout and the flavors were well blended.

Ingredients

3 – 5 oz White tuna canned in water, drained
1 – 12 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
2 – 15 oz cans of baby peas, drained
16 oz. macaroni or wide egg noodles, pre-boiled
2 TBS capers
1 – 4 oz. jar pimentos
15 oz. mayonaise
White pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat the Sun Oven® while mixing the ingredients. Mix the ingredients lightly in a bowl. Place in a greased casserole dish and top with Italian bread crumbs. Bake in the Sun Oven for two hours ’til hot and bubbly. These ingredients will make two 9×12″ casseroles. Cook one today and save the other in your refrigerator for a couple of days. It will be welcome a second time.

Thanks for Helping Us Help Haiti

During November and December 2013 donations to the Friends of Haiti Organization (FOHO) SUN OVEN® project were matched dollar for dollar by a private donor. The donations collected for Haiti were $2,235. With the matching dollars, the total amount came to $4,470. This will send 23 Global Sun Ovens® to Haiti. Thank You, generous Sun Oven® customers!  help us help Haiti

To make a donation on line visit: Help Us Help Haiti

To learn more about our work in Haiti visit:

https://www.sunoven.com/haiti

Honoring Nelson Mandela

 

The life of Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspirational stories of recent times. His example offers

valuable lessons on the importance of personal resistance to evil, and the redemptive power of forgiveness.

In 2004 Nelson Mandela took the time to visit a Sun Oven project. He came to participate in the

dedication of the first solar powered bakery in Eastern Cape, South Africa. The project established a

model solar powered Sun-Bakery in the rural community of Willowvale, to bake bread and generate

income for HIV positive women. He expressed a personal interest in the project and heartfelt concern for

the community. His warmth and gentleness won the hearts of everyone he came in contact with. He has

been loved by many.

Nelson Mandela

Cynthia Campher, Director of the Women’s Advise Centre, and Paul Munsen,
President of SUN OVENS International, Inc. serve sun-baked chicken to Nelson Mandela.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eastern Cape, South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Munsen

Nelson Mandela

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Munsen explains solar cooking to Nelson Mandela and other participants.

 

Give a Gift That Keeps on Giving

Christmas Package

I’m Prepared Christmas Package

Available November 18, 2013

Everything for Cooking, Dehydrating,

Roasting and Water Pasteurization

Our 2013 Christmas Package Sun Oven® comes stuffed with a double decker pot, water pasteurization kit, three dehydrating/cookie racks complete with parchment paper, and a roasting pan for your SunOven® Holiday meal.

 

Make Your List and Order Today

November 2013, Every Needful Thing                   Billie A. Nicholson, editor

Dehydrating Apples in a Sun Oven®

Apple harvest time this year produced lots of fruit. We canned slices, made apple sauce and dried some. The SunOven® works well as a fruit dehydrator. First we set the SunOven® outside, but not focused on the sun. We wanted a slight preheat but to less than 100º.   Apples were washed and aligned in a Norpro “Apple Master”, an apple peeler, corer, and slicer. A few turns of the handle made quick work of the first apple. Slide the apple spiral slices off the core and place them on a cutting board.

dehydrating apples in sun oven

Slice the spiral in half.  Place the apple slices in a solution of water and Fruit Fresh® ascorbic acid (follow directions on bottle) to keep the slices from turning dark.

dehydrating apples in a SunOven®

Cover the drying racks with parchment paper and drain apple slices. Line them up on the racks. Carefully arrange the racks inside the SunOven®. Leave the door latches under the glass door to allow air flow and keep the temperature low inside. We turn the oven so it is behind the sun track. Check at the end of the day. If not completely dry, latch and leave over night. Finish the next day. When slices are dry, remove from racks and pack into a clean glass jar. Add an oxygen absorber and pull a vacuum with a Food Saver® or by hand with a clean brake bleeder. Store cool and dark.

dehydrating apples in a Sun Oven®

November 2013, Every Needful Thing                               Billie A. Nicholson, editor

Sun Ovens® in Haiti

 

Report from Haiti

Haiti is one of the world’s most deforested countries. In some parts of Haiti, families spend up to half of their household income to buy charcoal. It is not uncommon for women to face the dilemma of choosing between buying enough food to feed their family or the charcoal to cook it. To maximize the charcoal’s value, much of the cooking is done in enclosed kitchens, exposing women and children to the harmful effects of smoke.

Haiti

Sun Ovens in Haiti

Sun Ovens International has been working in Haiti since 1998, and is committed to providing an alternative to cooking with charcoal. Haiti is blessed with an abundance of sunshine; the sun can be harnessed as the fuel source for up to 70% of household cooking.

Help Us Help Haiti

During November and December 2013 donations to the Friends of Haiti Organization (FOHO) SUN OVEN® project will matched dollar for dollar.

The cost of each SUN OVEN® with two pots and WAPIs is $199. Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated.

Credit card donations can be made through the SUN OVEN® website. Donations will be forwarded to FOHO and FOHO will issue a receipt by mail.

FOHO is a 501C3 nonprofit organization so all donations will be tax deductible. 100% of the donation will go directly to sending SUN OVENS® to Haiti; no administrative expenses will be deducted.

To make a donation on line visit: https://www.sunoven.com/products-page/donation/help-us-help-haiti-donation

 

To learn more about our work in Haiti visit: https://www.sunoven.com/haiti

November 2013, Every Needful Thing                    Billie A. Nicholson, editor

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