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What is a Sun Oven®?

THE ALL AMERICAN SUN OVEN® harnesses the natural power of the sun to cook or bake the most delicious food while being prepared for an emergency, reducing energy costs, and benefiting the environment.

For the past 28 years, the Sun Oven® has been proudly made in the U.S. It is a solar oven, sometimes known as a solar cooker. Or, considering all the ways it can be used, it's also called a solar appliance. Solar ovens are popular with off-grid homesteaders and those passionate about ditching fossil fuels as much as possible, though I think you might learn there's more to the Sun Oven® than that.

Why would I bother with a solar cooker? I'm not living off-grid.
Do you live in an area with hot summers? Do you still like cooked food in those months? The Sun Oven® keeps the cooking heat out of your kitchen. This means a cooler house, or less energy spent on AC to cool your house. A cooler house in the summer? Yes, please!

The Sun Oven® uses the free energy of the sun which saves money, whether you are on the grid or off, and cooks in a safer, less error-prone way. Temperatures in a Sun Oven® rise slowly and evenly, allowing complex carbohydrates time to break down into simple sugars, emanating subtle natural flavors. This is where the "delicious food" claim comes in. The even temperature of the Sun Oven® prevents burning (this is a saving grace!), so you do not need to stir your food while it is cooking.

How and what could I cook with a Sun Oven®?
Oh, let me count the ways! First, there are two main methods of cooking with the Sun Oven®.
  • like a regular oven (reaches temps of 360 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit!):  simply refocus the oven every half hour or so to follow the sun
  • like a crockpot or slow cooker:  point the oven where the sun will be approximately halfway through the cooking time, and walk away!

  • Folks use it to:
  • Bake, boil or steam foods
  • Boil or pasteurize water
  • Re-hydrate freeze-dried emergency preparedness foods
  • Dehydrate fruits, vegetables or jerky

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