Solar cooking

Solar-Cook has a wealth on information on solar cooking, including info on building your own. They also sell commercial solar cookers. I saw one in operation recently. The reflected heat onto the bottom of the pot (it was boiling water) was hot enough to ignite newspaper. These aren’t just a novelty. Solar cooking is used worldwide in places like in Africa, India, Peru. and other poor, rural places without power.


  • As a young man I had a unique method of cooking when going into the country for a picnic. I wrapped my steak and potatoes in tinfoil, made sure it was sealed properly then tied it to the engine manifold and set off. By the time I got to Luss on Loch Lomond about 15 miles, my steak and potatoes were cooked to a treat. It used to raise a few eye brows when I opened the bonnet of the car and then sent the smell of cooked meat and pototoes across the beach. I was quite surprised the idea didn’t catch on, you could pick your journey according to the food you wanted to cook.

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