This morning I taught a Sun Oven class at Honeyville Farms in Chandler AZ, so, of course, it was overcast. Always the optimist, I’d gone ahead and defrosted some bread to bake for it and brought along the box of Zatarain’s rice and beans despite the negative weather forecast. Needless to say the bread was a bust while the rice and beans didn’t even make it out of the box. I don’t know why it always seems to be cloudy when I do a solar cooking demo, but solar cooks do need a plan B for cloudy days. I guess that’s one of the few downsides to cooking with the sun.

Luckily, when clouds do strike, most of us have modern kitchens to fall back on. I do avoid turning on the oven at all costs, but the stovetop, crock-pot, pressure cooker, and grill are all perfectly good ways to get a meal on the table.

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