That Happy Day Finally Arrived
Can you imagine my excitement when my new Sun Oven arrived on my door step? I was very happy because I had been wanting a Sun Oven for many years. I live in Arizona the land of the sun, it made perfect sense to me that every Arizonian should be cooking with Solar. Then finally, the day had arrived that my family (Harvey & Myself) became the proud owners of an All American Sun Oven!
When Happiness & Joy Turned To Fear
What started out as a very happy event soon became one of fear and terror… An over dramatization maybe, but fear had struck over the thought that I had ruined my new Sun Oven. What could I possibly have done to cause myself so much fear?
What I did To Prepare My New Sun Oven For Use
One of the first things that I did to get my new Sun Oven ready for use was to search the internet for information on how to use a Sun Oven. What I found, in addition to videos others made about using a Sun Oven, I found reviews… Reviews that loudly shouted, “food cooked in a Sun Oven tastes like plastic”. Plastic, I could not have been more disappointed, I have chemical sensitivities and plastics are one of my main problem offenders. I can taste plastic in bottled water, there is not a brand that does not taste like plastic, some are worse than others, I don’t drink bottled water, so this news was very hard to take.
I wondered why I had not looked up reviews before I got my Sun Oven, I don’t know, but what am I going to do now? I have had some experience out gassing some toxic smells and chemicals, fragrances especially, I knew that vinegar is a good product to reduce fragrance odors and fumes. So I decided that I would fill my new Sun Oven with water and vinegar and let it bake out in the sun, so that is what I did.
What Happens When You Fill A Sun Oven With Water?
Never in my wildest, would I have suspected what would happen next. Throughout the day I would go out to see how my Sun Oven was doing, it seemed that the water was evaporating faster than I had anticipated, what I didn’t realize was that the water was not evaporating, it was seeping into the lining of my Sun Oven.
It was not until I tried to move my Sun Oven that I realized where the water had gone, it took days of moving and turning for the Sun Oven to feel as if all the water was out, and for it to quit leaking water when upside down. Even though the water seemed to be out, I could not quit thinking that the insulation inside was going to mold, for a day or two I left it in the sun to help it to dry, but the insulation is encased between two walls.
It might not be necessary to write a post on what not to do with a Sun Oven, for most people, but I hate to think I am the only one who makes these kinds of stupid mistakes. Please forgive me if this post is made up of the obvious… But here goes my list of dumb things not to do with a Sun Oven…
What Not To Do With A New Sun Oven
- Don’t Destroy The Box, Find A Way To Remove Your Sun Oven From The Box Without Cutting Down All 4 Sides – I have visions of sending my Sun Oven back for repairs in a box I have to tape up. or source one (boxing nightmare) that it will fit in…
- Don’t Trash The Styrofoam Packing Right Away – That packing makes shipping a Sun Oven safe and hazard free.
- For Fastest Cooking – Don’t Set It And Forget It – When cooking in a Sun Oven for fastest cooking you need to make adjustments every 30 minutes when the sun moves to keep the temperatures up. If you don’t care about cooking fast then you don’t have to readjust every 30 minutes, just focus the oven in the direction that will give you the longest sunshine, at the end of the day your food should be cooked.
- Don’t Cook In Shiny Metal – It reflects the Sun and does not heat up as quickly as you want it to.
- Don’t Remove Food Cooked In The Oven With Bare Hands – The pots cooking in a Sun Oven get hot enough to burn your hands.
- Don’t Plan To Move Your Sun Oven Right Away When You Are Finished Cooking – Give it time to cool down, the Oven gets hot enough to burn you.
- Don’t Except To Use Sun Oven All Day During Monsoon Season – We get strong wind storms here in Arizona from about late July – August and later in the day the winds can be too strong to leave your Sun Oven outdoors.
This will be a running list when I come upon other things not to do with a Sun Oven I will add them here.
My Final Thought
Follow the directions that come with the Sun Oven. Check out the free online cookbook that comes with your All American Sun Oven. Don’t be quick to jump to conclusions from what others say about the Sun Oven, take reviews with a grain of salt. Then learn how to use your new Sun Oven it will give you years of economical cooking power.
I have yet to cook anything in my Sun Oven I am still in the testing phase, but I wanted to share what I have learned. Keep your eyes out for the sequel. I may still find that my food tastes like plastic cooking with a Sun Oven, but I am not so sure now because I have learned that the Sun Oven is lined with metal that has a powder coated finish. I will let you know what I find.
The Official How To Use A Sun Oven Site
All American Sun Oven Site With Video Tutorials On How To Use A Sun Oven…
Sun Oven Recipes
Here are some Sun Oven Recipes that my blogger friends have been using.