The Sun Oven.
I call it an emergency item, but in fact, it's almost a daily convenience around here.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
- I don't have to turn my kitchen into an oven to cook dinner (my hot, pregnant self assures me that this is #1 right now). This also lowers our AC use.
- Great in case of emergency. No electricity? No gas? Go sun oven!
- Simple to use (with clear instructions). Once you have one, don't let it sit in your garage! It's easy as pie. In fact, go ahead and bake one in there.
- No fossil fuels required, just sunshine. Easy on the environment and the pocketbook.
- Preheats very quickly.
- Cooks with an even, moist heat (read: very difficult to burn food therein).
- Folds nicely. Stores compactly. Not heavy. Easy to clean and maintain.
- Made in the USA!
- The company is committed to placing their ovens in developing countries all over the world, reducing deforestation, improving health by providing a clean cooking alternative, and running programs to raise standard of living and reduce poverty.
- Since I bought mine, they've added a dehydrator rack. Gotta get me one of those.
What have I made with it? Not enough! It's hard to remember exactly, but so far everything's worked, including: bread, rolls, meatloaf, whole chickens, cookies, cake... You can use it for anything except fried foods (which require hands-on prep). Incidentally, it can be used anytime you have direct sunlight, including winter months. I haven't experimented enough, but I bet you could get a fair amount of heat in there even under an overcast sky. Anyone tried?