Tuna Casserole from Food Storage

Tuna CasseroleTuna Casserole

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.

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Vegan Pumpkin BreadPumpkin Bread Baked in the Sun Oven

Every day the sun shines in Florida’s panhandle, I cook in our All American Sun Oven. For this recipe we used frozen pumpkin, but any pureed pumpkin or winter squash will work. This bread was so yummy, everyone wanted second slices.

Ingredients

1 TBS oatmeal ground
1 TBS raw sunflower seeds ground
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup natural granulated sugar
1-2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp West Indies allspice
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup pureed pumpkin
2 TBS molasses
1 TBS olive oil
1 TBS sesame oil
1/2 cup walnuts optional
1/2 cup raisins

Directions

Preheat the sun oven. Grind the oatmeal and sunflower seeds and add whole wheat flour to make up the 1 1/2 cups volume. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk the pumpkin, molasses, and oils together. Fold into the dry mixture and blend until thoroughly mixed.  Stir in the raisins and walnuts. Pour into a loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes.

 

 

Split Pea Soup – Bacon Optional

Dutch Oven

This soup is good with or without the optional bacon. Plus, the bacon isn’t added until the end so everyone can make their own choice.

Have it Your Way Split Pea Soup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 large carrot, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

1 tablespoon dried marjoram

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Time for Roasting Corn

Roastin' EarsLet’s Cook Corn in a Sun Oven®

Cooking corn in a Sun Oven® is tasty, quick and easy and is sure to have your family and friends saying “lend me your ears.”  Just leave the corn in the husk, rinse it, and put it in the Sun Oven® while it is moist. If the Sun Oven® is preheated, leave the corn in for 30 minutes. If it is cold, leave the corn in for around 50 minutes. You can leave corn in the Sun Oven® for twice as long and it will not make any difference.

Corn Doesn’t have to go solo

You can cook the corn by itself or place it on the side and or on the top of a cooking pot, cook one ear or several at a time, it will be tender and moist. Just shuck when it’s done, add salt and butter, and be prepared for the compliments. We baked ours in the early afternoon, folded the reflectors and kept it warm until dinner.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's DayHappy Valentine’s Day

The month of February has a tradition of being the month of romance. Based primarily on the legend of Bishop Valentine’s martyrdom, this tradition has morphed over the centuries.  The Roman Emperor, Claudius II, believed that marriage inhibited soldier’s focus on defending their nation. So he issued an edict forbidding marriages. Bishop Valentine secretly performed the marriage sacrament for many young lovers. When Claudius learned of this, he had Valentine arrested. During his time in prison, he miraculously restored vision to the jailor’s daughter. Their friendship resulted in a farewell note he wrote prior to his execution, signed “from Your Valentine.” The 14th of February, his execution date, became a day for all lovers to express their commitment and Valentine became its Patron Saint.

There are other versions of the source of this holiday, including it’s connection to the mid-February pagan fertility festival. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, with written ones appearing in the 1400’s. Fast forward to the 1840’s when Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.

The overall story is about loving one another and expressing those feelings. How much more can you love someone than to encourage them to be self sufficient? Consider sharing your preparedness information and maybe even a meal prepared off the grid. Sun Ovens work on sunny winter days.

Share the Love

Billie Nicholson 2014

Sun Oven® Group Buying Plan

Is a SUN OVEN® on your 2014 Preparedness List? Get together and save. The Group Buy Program is a way for SUN OVEN® users to help family, friends and neighbors obtain a SUN OVEN® at a reduced price. Group Buy discounts are available for as few as 5 ovens.

Check out our Group Buy Program.

For additional information on the Group Buy Program email info@sunoven.com

Guinness World Record Using Solar Ovens

The most cookies baked in one hour using solar ovens is 1,225, achieved by Miami Country Day School (USA), in Miami, Florida, USA, on 20 April 2012.

The cookies were cooked by students, parents and teachers in an event organized by student Matthew Cohen to honor Earth Day. The cookies were donated to the Feeding South Florida food bank and the ovens were donated to Help Brings Hope to Haiti. Fifty Global Sun Ovens® and two Villager Sun Ovens® were used to bake the cookies. Photos: http://powerfromthesun.us/Guinness recors

Guinness record

Baking Cookies in the Sun Oven® in January

is a cookie recipe floating around Facebook that has no wheat or added sugar. I had three really ripe bananas that desperately needed to be used so I thought I’d give the recipe a try.  The sun was shining, mostly, with an air temperature of 35º F, so we set up our SunOven®.

Ingredients

3 mashed bananas (ripe)

1/3 cup apple sauce

2 cups oats

1/4 cup coconut (or almond) milk

1/2 cup raisins

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

chocolate chips (optional)

Stir together and place on parchment paper on cookie racks that come with the oven

Bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes

The oven temperature dropped while I was stacking the racks, so I cooked them for forty minutes, which allowed time for the oven to get back to temperature. Yummy! Bet you can’t eat just one.

solar cookies

photo courtesy RustyBuggy.com

Billie Nicholson 2014

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.

 

Sun Oven® Pancakes

Not long ago on a lazy Saturday morning, I found myself walking the aisles of a local flea market. A methodical walking grid helped cover the hundreds of vendors and thousands of choices. After about 30 minutes I happened upon a commercial coffee grinder, which was the casualty of a supermarket makeover. The Grindmaster 500, built in 1984, was in working condition. $50.00 changed hands and I was the proud owner a piece of Americana. A few hours of disassembly, cleaning, and lubrication made my new grinder just perfect.

I opened two cans of wheat, one soft white and the other hard white. I ran a small amount through and through as a final cleaning, discarding this first batch. Then it was show time.  I mixed the soft and hard wheat in equal parts. I ran the wheat through the grinder again and again, each time choosing a finer grind.

Sun Oven pancakes

When I was finished I used the following recipe for pancakes or waffles:

Combine dry ingredients first

1 cup flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

Then add

1 cup milk

1 egg

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil (we use coconut oil)

Mix well.

In the yard I set up our SunOven® to preheat. I placed a pre-greased shallow pan into the oven to get hot. I let my pancake batter set about 15 minutes to get soft and to absorb moisture. I then opened the hot oven (350 degrees F) and poured the batter into the shallow pan. A few minutes later after turning once, I had delicious, fresh and tasty SunOven® pancakes. I presented my pancakes with butter, blueberries from our yard, maple syrup, and a garnish of powdered sugar. And they were soo good!

Sun Oven pancakes

 Contributed by Robert Nicholson

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