Solar Cooking in the Snow with a Sunny Apple-Cobbler Recipe


In the summer, I frequently cook lunch using three different types of solar cookers. Two simple reflection cookers heat grains, fast-cooking legumes, and vegetables. My high-tech GoSun cooker roasts potatoes and bakes bread or cupcakes in a glass tube like the tubes used for solar water heaters.

We were among the 220,000 households that lost power last week in central North Carolina. The first day was cloudy, not good for solar cooking. Fortunately, our power was off for only twelve hours, coming back on just in time to make dinner.

The next day was sunny, with temperatures in the mid-forties and little wind. I cut up an apple and made biscuit batter with a little extra sugar and cinnamon (see recipe below). I layered these in my most efficient solar cooker and put it in a sunny spot on the low brick wall by the driveway. The cooker pointed toward the sun with its parabolic reflectors angled to direct sunlight to the cooking tube. It was already 2:00 in the afternoon, past the ideal time for solar cooking, but the cooker is so fast I thought it was worth trying.

Glass tube solar cooker in the snow

When I checked on the cooker forty-five minutes later, it was cooling off rapidly. I'd miscalculated how far the shadow from the tall house next door would come into my yard. Even so, the biscuits on top had started to rise.

Solar cooker moved to sunnier spot

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