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.

The Cloudy Day Cube Stove

An Inexpensive Back Up For Your Sun OvenIMG_8271

We are often asked for suggestions about preparedness cooking on overcast days and would like to introduce you to the Cloudy Day Cube Stove, a simple, low-cost-solution. The Cloudy Day Cube Stove can cook your food with a wide variety of different fuels and weighs less than one pound.

Sun Ovens International has made a bulk purchase of the last of the American made Cube Stoves.  They are now available at a reduced cost as a backup for your SUN OVEN®.

On days when rain or overcast weather hide the sun, the Cloudy Day Cube Stove is a great solution. The stove is designed for quick, convenient setup and use, and in addition to preparedness cooking, is ideal for camping or hiking. It has been engineered to maximize burning an assortment of different fuels including twigs sticks or wood, charcoal briquettes, Sterno cans, alcohol, solid fuel tablets or QuickStove Fuel Disks.

The Cloudy Day Cube Stove is made of durable aluminized steel. It can be used in 7 different positions to accommodate different needs, such as cooking fast or slow, or cooking in a large pot or small cup.

A Cloudy Day Cube Stove can be used in conjunction with your SUN OVEN®.  A meal can be started on the Cube Stove and when it is half way through cooking, put into your SUN OVEN® to complete the cooking process as it would in a Wonder Box or retained heat cooker.

For a limited time, while supplies last, you can purchase a Cloudy Day Cube Stove Kit with two QuickStove Fuel Disks for less than $30.

To learn more:Cube Stove

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Blackberries, Bain or Blessing?

BlackberriesFighting the Briars

For several years we have been fighting with wild blackberry runners growing in our “landscaped bed” of Louisiana Iris and Philodendron. They’d raise their briar covered runners and I’d cut them off. My work did little except keep them pruned. This past winter was an especially cold one. So cold it killed the Philodendron and the Louisiana Iris. With no competition for nutrients, water and sunlight, the blackberries flourished! A few days ago I noticed they were covered in red berries. That got my attention. Figuring I’d have to fight the birds for them, I checked their ripening every few days. Yesterday, I saw they had turned blue-black. They were ready for picking and I was counting my blessings.

Protection from the Briars

My favorite purchase at the Fletcher, NC, Mother Earth News Fair was a pair of Mud Gauntlets. I had originally bought them as defense against the vicious stinging ants we have in Pensacola. Now I had another use for them – retrieving blackberries from the briary blackberry vines.  They worked great, no scratches or snags on my hands and arms. If you are planning to go into wild spaces foraging for berries, be sure to wear leather boots and long trousers.Blackberries

Making Berry Crisps

Soon I had enough berries to do more than get a few seeds in the grooves of my teeth. I could make a berry crisp using a recipe, Individual Solar Oatmeal Berry Crisps, posted by our Solar Chef.

One of the things I really love about solar cooking is you can be creative without fear of making a total flop. I modified Gabrielle’s recipe by using oat flour instead of wheat and substituting chopped pecans for the walnuts. I used a graniteware pan without the lid and baked it in the Sun Oven® at 250ºF for 1.5 hr under partly cloudy skies. We saved a few berries to use as garnish. Try it, you’ll like it. Oh, berry stains on the gloves? No problem, they’re washable.

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Photos by: RustyBuggyEnterprises, Inc.

Additional Articles in this month’s issue:

Billie Nicholson, Editor
May 2014

Mother Earth News Fair

Mother Earth News FairCooking with the Sun

The aroma of sweet rolls, loaves of bread and red beans and rice baking in Sun Ovens® attracted many fair attendees to the SUN OVENS® booth at the Mother Earth News Fair. Traveling to Fletcher, NC. in April, Paul and Chris Munsen, of Sun Ovens® International, talked all day for two days. The truck load of ovens we took all found new homes and we took additional orders to ship. Some families bought more than one. Mark your calendars, we’ll be at the MEN fair in Topeka, Kansas  Oct.25 & 26, 2014.

There were over 150 workshops, ranging from livestock butchering to sugar detoxification at the Mother Earth News Fair. With so much to learn, it was necessary to review the schedule and plan our time carefully. In between classes, we visited the myriad of booths, all with things we wanted to take home. My favorite purchase: Mud Gauntlets!

In this month’s issue, we’ll report on some of the classes we attended.

Additional Articles in this month’s issue:

Billie Nicholson, Editor
May 2014

Sun Ovens and Bio Mass Briquettes: A Partnership

slow cooked stew Sun Ovens® are the perfect partner to work with bio mass briquettes on rainy or overcast days. Bio mass briquettes can be burned to begin food preparations on a grill or other open fire. When the food is at least half cooked it can be transferred to a Sun Oven® to complete the process. Even indoors the retained heat of the partially cooked food in the well-insulated Sun Oven® will allow it to be used as a retained heat cooker, often referred to as a Wonder Box.

In addition, the Sun Oven® can be used during the production of bio mass pellets to help the drying process. Just set the pellets in the Sun Oven®, turn one of the door latches inward and set the glass on top leaving a gap between the gasket and the glass to allow moisture to escape.

Additional Articles in the April 2014 Issue:
  • A reminder to review and rotate three types of items in your 72 hour emergency kit.
  • A discussion of the importance of “duck and cover” in surviving a nuclear attack
  • What are your plans to provide protein in your diet in an emergency situation? Here are some items to add to your supplies
  • Are members of your family hearing impaired that might not hear a smoke alarm?
  • Our featured contributor this month is Tess Pennington of ReadyNutrition.com. She shares an article about Bio Mass Briquettes. Now you’ll have an environmentally friendly use for those shredded documents.
  • Some of our friends have complained that their yards were so shady that they doubted they could grow anything in a garden. In answer to their questions, here are some plants that can be grown in shade. Don’t give up on your yard either. Read more
  • Speaking of gardening, do you use Epsom salts? Here’s why.
  • We can all be prepared to take the initiative to save a life, should we be faced with a life or death situation. Here are three critical first aid procedures that can be accomplished with one dressing.
  • Our Solar Chef has included a wonderful recipe for Solar Stuffed Shells. Give it a try, these are yummy.

Billie Nicholson, Editor
April 2014

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

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