Learn how to use poster board, black paint and aluminum foil to make a solar cooker.
"You don't have to spend two hundred, one hundred, or even fifty dollars for a solar oven," writes Ulysses Weldon of Hyattsville, Maryland. "Believe it or not, I can show you how to make a perfectly good sun-powered cooker in less than an hour for only a buck!"
Sounds unlikely, but it's true ... as MOTHER staffers Dennis Burkholder and Travis Brock recently found when they built (and cooked a batch of vittles in) one of Weldon's "dollar solar cookers." (See photos in Image Gallery) Got thirty minutes? Here's how you can make your own $1 cooker:
To cook up a meal, simply wrap a single serving of whatever it is you want to cook in aluminum foil ("preferably," says Travis, "foil that you have painted black on the outside"), set the wrapped "eats" in the oven's cooking compartment, cover the tin can with a glass lid, and keep the cooker aimed at Ole Sol. In an hour — or however long it takes your dish to cook at 240 degrees Fahrenheit — you'll be ready to feast.
Ulysses Weldon's nifty little solar cooker — it's true — will only bake one serving (about half a pound) of food at a time. Still, that's not much of a price to pay for a solar oven that does with aluminum foil what others do only slightly better with a vast array of mirrors. Ulysses Weldon, MOTHER salutes you!
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