Last week I made dinner in the solar cooker from another recipe from the Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipies. Got it in around 10:30 am, took it out around 4pm. I'm still surprised any time this cooks anything, but it does.
How far will I take this craziness? How far?
Yesterday I attempted to make lasagna in my new solar cooker. Careful readers of this blog may remember that I said I was going to throw out my old solar cooker. I did, too. I threw it out numerous times, each time with more disgust and determination than the time before. First I threw it into the giant dumpster that was parked in my driveway for the purpose of disposing of demolition and construction debris. The workmen tossed it out. I never mentioned it to them, but I got the feeling that they didn't like anything but their own trash in their dumpster.
I want to try the Chicken in the Pot recipe again.
Why "chicken in the pot"? Why not "chicken in a pot"? Beats me.
So this time I'm following the recipe a little more closely. Through exhaustive Internet research, I have discovered that 16 ounces equals 2 cups. Since the recipe calls for 16 ounces of chicken broth, I'm going to to use two cups of chicken broth, rather than "whatever is left in the container," which didn't work out too good last time.
It's been too cold here to do much in the way of the solar cooker or anything else. Actually, I used it the other day - made baked apples again, which turned out good. I was going to make dinner today since it looked sunny, but the weather report says it's going to be windy all day with clouds. Bummer.
Today's brave foray into solar cooking will involve the preparation of East African Spicy Chicken Stew from Savory Stews by Jacques Burdick.
I followed the recipe for the most part but skipped over the step of sauteeing the onions.
Ok, now for a real test of the cooker on a sunny February day. According to weather.com, the high will be 56F.
Recipe is simple: 4 chicken breasts in Soy Vey. They go in the cooker at 10:42 am. I preheated the pot in the oven for about ten minutes. The solar oven, that is.
The only drawback here is that the sunlight will be gone at about 4:30 or so. Cristy won't be home until 6:30 or 7, so I'll have to reheat the chicken before we eat.
Oh boy I am excited.
Today I'm going to make some improvements to the solar oven setup.
First, the pot needs to be blackened so that it will absorb more heat.
It's so easy, even I can do it.
The pot needs to be propped up on some kind of wire stand. After several hours of painstaking research, I have come up with the following solution: