Solar Oven Chicken Supper

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Yesterday, to my delight, my Global Sun solar oven was delivered by UPS. Steven is excited when any box is delivered so combine my joy with his and we had a little explosion of utter delighted happiness as we drug in the box and set about opening it. I ordered it from Olympic Camping Gear. I thought the $20 for shipping was steep but after I paid for it the next day Sue refunded $4. The shipping was then $16.

You see, I have been wanting one for a long time and finally I saved enough egg money to make the purchase. I do mean literally “egg money” – profits left from the sale of farm fresh eggs. Yayyy! It makes it even more rewarding.

So, yesterday around 3:30pm we opened the box and I set the oven up on the front porch to capture what was left of the sunshine. The clouds came over and it was all but finished by 4:30 but I at least got a chance to be giddy with delight when after only 15 to 20 minutes the temperature gauge rose to 225 degrees. Yes!

That inspired me to hurriedly make plans for today’s supper.

1 three pound chicken
2 large potatoes
1 onion
A handful of carrots
a little red and green bell pepper for color
Salt, pepper and fresh herbs from the yard

At 8:43am I placed my black granite ware roaster into the solar oven.

The temperature was already starting to rise.

I’ll be checking the temperature and adjusting the position of the oven as the sun moves around today.

I’ll be live blogging with updates all day. I will not be opening the oven because that means the temps dropping and needing recovery time. I’ll open it for the first time at 4 or 5 this afternoon depending on the sun and cloud coverage.

8:30 am

Stay tuned as I record the repositioning needs and monitor the temperatures all through the day.

8:47 am

I had to run it just a little bit to follow the sun and checked the temps at 9:58 am.

Went out for a quick temp check. Over 300!

The temps are holding right around 325 degrees at almost 11:30. I had to move the box around just a little to keep the focus of of the sun.

Afternoon Update

It is now 12:22 pm on the east coast in central Virginia.

My chicken dinner has now been in the box almost 4 hours.

When you approach the area you can smell the herbs and roasting chicken easily.

The temperature is currently 330 degrees.

The glass is beginning to show condensation as the meat and vegetables are cooking.

I can’t wait to open this thing up at 5pm!

1:30 pm afternoon update

Good things are happening inside if the condensation is any scale of measure to go by.

I can’t even read the thermostat but I think it is hanging out between 330 and 350. The food smells awesome!

3:00 pm update

I had to readjust the angel of the box so that it was positioned more flat instead of raise to tilt forward. The temperature has dropped a bit down to 300 but I expect that by repositioning it the temps will come back up. It won’t be long now before I am ready open it up for the very first look at our supper. Exciting!

5 pm Update

I couldn’t wait until 5. I hurried up the time and went out at 4:50 pm. Even though there is plenty of sunshine I noticed right off that the temperature was holding just above 225.

When I opened the glass door the moist heat rose up quickly bringing with it an aroma that make my stomach instantly start to growl. Never for a moment think the inside of a solar oven isn’t hot. It is HOT! No burned fingers but I am glad I had my pot holders to remove the lid.

When I hesitated to take off the lid I was a little bit worried I would open the pot to find a white chicken staring up at me. I have had this nagging all day that the chicken maybe wasn’t going to brown.

Boy, was I wrong!

Look how beautiful! Roasted chicken, potatoes, carrots and onions! We are going to have a wonderful feast tonight!

One more photo coming when I plate it up to serve.

I’m ringing the dinner bell! Can and get it!

Forgive the photo quality I had to take it with my Droid.

41 Responses to “Solar Oven Chicken Supper”

  • Susan says:

    I’m excited for you! I should get on the ball and set mine up. We are still having 90 degree days here. Will be following to see how it goes.

  • Stacey Clay says:

    How exciting!!! I am super interested in how this works for you Angie. Better yet, I’d love to smell your yard this afternoon!

  • Angie says:

    It is already smelling awesome, Stacey!

  • Leanne says:

    How cool is that? Can’t wait to hear how the chicken tastes – if it’s tender, etc. mmmm. Hungry.

  • Jen says:

    Very Cool!

  • Angie says:

    I wish you were my neighbor, Leanne!!! You could help me with a better photo when it is all ready for plating!

  • Angie says:

    I know! I have wanted one of these for so long!

  • Dawn says:

    How did it come out? I think this is very very very cool!

  • Angie says:

    I won’t know until this evening when it finishes cooking, Dawn. Check back for the updates.

  • nick rizzo says:

    If I can do that in a cardboard box just imagin what you can do with that

  • Angie says:

    I have read this was the cadillac of solar ovens. So far I am very impressed, Nick!

  • Suzanne says:

    How cool is that!! Was it really expensive? I don’t have fresh eggs to sell so this would have to come out of some other fund. Can’t wait to see the dinner pics.

  • Angie says:

    Suzanne, if you click the link to the place I got mine from you will see the price. I have seen this same model for as much as $350. Don’t get ripped off. Some places over charge for the shipping, too. More than $240 or so including the shipping is a rip off.

  • Penny says:

    This is so exciting! I can’t wait to hear how it tastes. I bet slow cooking like that will make it melt in your mouth tender!

  • Angie says:

    I am planning to open it up at 5 pm, Penny. I think that’s plenty of time for everything to be cooked. It has been at 300 or higher since around 10:30 this morning.

  • Bill says:

    Interested to see how it turns out. Keep us posted.

  • Tina says:

    Can’t wait to see the after pictures. Wish we had smell-o-puter, too.

  • Angie says:

    Oh my gosh, Dilli! It tastes fantastic!

  • AkTomboy says:

    Wow that looks great! I might have to try this next summer up here in Alaska!

  • Angie says:

    Any sunny day will harness the power to cook. You don’t have to wait for summer time temperatures. If you get a clear crisp day you might be able to get the temps high enough for a few hours of roasting.

  • Rebecca says:

    What an awesome deal! That meal looks great!(although I don’t eat meat) but it looks good and you did not have to use any electricity! I was really excited to check your blog this evening. Congrats!

  • the bee says:

    That looks amazing ! I want one but live in an apt. I will find a way.

  • liz says:

    That looks totally delicious! I want one!

  • Carolyn says:

    Great post. A solar oven is on my wish list.

  • Tina says:

    Oh, it browned beautifully. I’m hoping to get one next year sometime. I actually like that I can heat up the house in the winter while cooking, so other things will take priority for now, but hopefully next year I can get one.

  • Stacey Clay says:

    That turned out wonderfully and looks just fabulous! How neat! I bet it was heavenly tasting too! Now I am seriously wanting one of these little beauties.

  • Wow!!! I’m going to show this to the husband tonight because solar cooking interests him greatly.

  • Bea says:

    Oh my that chicken looks soooo good! I am not a patient person but this would be great fun especially in the summer, our winter days here tend to be pretty cloudy and I am not sure that the oven would be able to combat -25f. šŸ™‚

  • Angie says:

    I don’t think it would work in our super cold weather either but a sunny day down to 40 is supposed to work equally as well. I don’t know. I haven’t tested it.

  • Angie says:

    I cook on my little woodstove in the winter for that very reason, Tina. This will be a great asset for those 100+ summer days when standing in the kitchen and the a/c is over taxed.

  • Stacey Clay says:

    I agree Angie! Saving your kitchen and A/C from the roaring heat of an oven on a hot summer day is important. That is my reason I don’t cook indoors very much in the summer time. My family wouldn’t know what to do if they had yummy, wholesome baked meals on a summer day!

  • Melissa says:

    That was the yummiest post(s) that I have ever read!!! thank goodness almost time for me to grab lunch!!!

    This would definitely be on my wish list!!!!

  • Julie says:

    I’ll be looking into getting one of those! Sounds like a winner for sure! Thanks Angie!!

  • MsCellania says:

    This is INCREDIBLE! With all the sunshine Colorado has, I can’t believe we haven’t checked into one of these. I cannot believe that sucker is ROASTED! By the SUN!

  • Angie says:

    It was tender – fall off the bone doesn’t even describe it. The bones just sort of collapsed away from the meat. I can’t believe I waited so long to get one.

  • Holly V. says:

    Wow, how cool is that!?! I would love to have a solar oven. Living in Central Tx I bet it wouldnt take long to cook!

  • Cherri says:

    When I received my solor oven last year, I couldn’t wait to use it, didn’t want to wait the whole day to see if it worked so I set the oven up, pre-heated it, in the sun. I opened a tube of biscuits, put them in the oven uncovered like you would a regular oven. This was late afternoon sun, but they raised, browned very nice. Took them in the house, buttered the tops. These were GREAT!!! Not dried out, these were so light and fluffy. I think better than a regular oven. I have two solar ovens, for when times get bad. One for the main meal, and the other for baking bread, or pies or cake. If you have a clear sunny day you can cook in this, even in the winter. Keep going on your food storage, but ask youself how am I going to cook it if there is no power. Solar oven, bbq grill (no charcoal, use wood) small butane campstove, or cell fuel stove. I have all of the above just for WHAT IF?

  • Kat Pat says:

    I really enjoyed the step by steps pictorial on how to cook.. This is going to help me in the future when I get my own cooker. I can’t wait!

  • Angie says:

    You’re welcome, Kat Pat!

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