Graham Chiu wrote:What foods are you using this to cook? Cooking times?
I use 500ml large mouth salsa jars painted flat black. The lid must be tight fitting or the cooking times will increase. I put that inside a large ziplock freezer bag. I blow up the bag so it doesn't touch the sides or jar lid, I've melted a few.
I lead the sun when setting up a solar
cooker and adjust every 20 minutes. This can be a pain if you have other things to do and won't work with a parabolic cooker. I plan to build a motorized Lazy Susan for hands off cooking and then will have to adjust my times.
For lunch I'll put in two new potatoes and a raw butcher sausage for an hour.
1 cup of rice with 3/4 cup of water
plus seasoning of veg for an hour.
1 cup of pasta and water to cover for 40 minutes, strain and put in your sauce of choice for another 20 minutes.
1 large cut up sweat potato will take about an hour.
You can get a whole package of precooked hotdogs in a jar, cooked in about an hour, longer if frozen.
I'll put three or four eggs in a jar and let them cook for at least an hour and a half. I've had too many soft egg whites this way and now usually boil 6-7 eggs in a pot on a parabolic cooker.
Dried beans I leave out for hours and turn the cooker when I remember, often I've had to cook them again on a stove because they are forgotten. I need spend some time to figure the timing out with beans.
Any veg with an inch of water in the jar turn out great, you really don't need much water. I've used ceramic coated metal camping mugs, with aluminum foil to seal, to cook a personal serving of diced peppers or cooked onions for toppings.
I've tried to do Chinese pork or veg dumplings in a jar but they just stick together.
I do most of my solar cooking in Southern Ontario 44° using them for late morning espresso, lunch, snacks or an early dinner. I bake in a box cooker and grill and make espresso on a parabolic.
Panel cookers are great to reheat leftovers too. You have to be careful not to overload a solar cooker you can get two jars in one panel cooker but have to adjust more often to track the sun. Cooking can also take longer in the afternoon if you start after 2pm. A little more info than you asked for! I really like the taste of Solar cooked food, you have to use less water and be patient for good results.