Now that the weather is back to being sunny all the time I busted out with the solar oven again. A nice thing about solar cooking in Phoenix is that when it's 110 outside you can be excited about how well your food will cook, instead of just dreaming about moving to a more temperate climate. I experimented with a new cooking container-- a stainless pot that I found at Ikea and spraypainted flat black with the hi-temp bbq paint. I don't think it worked any better than the black glass plate inside in the clear pyrex casserole dish that I was using. I do think that when I build the next solar oven that is well insulated and has a glass top the pot will be better performing than the casserole dish.
I had intended to make applesauce in the solar oven so I peeled, cored and finely sliced 7 apples and put them in the pot with about 1/2 cup water. (The peels and cores went into a separate crock for my attempt to make homemade vinegar, I'll update on that in a few weeks when I get the results.) I let it cook outside all day and then added cinnamon. I tasted some and they taste just like the inside of an apple pie, even without adding sugar, so I think I'm going to skip the food processor and just eat these as they are. :) It's good to know though that next time I'm making applesauce, I no longer have to simmer the apples over the stove.
2nd recipe: Baba Ganouj (that stuff that's like hummus, but uses eggplants instead of chickpeas) I put an eggplant whole into the pot and set it in the solar oven for the day. I brought it inside sliced it in half and easily scooped out the inside (peel goes in the compost) and put it into the food processor. Along with the eggplant, I added:
1/3 cup tahini
1/3 cup olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 finely chopped clove of garlic
dash of salt
Directions: Process in food processor for about 30 seconds, maybe less.
It tastes great, much better than the time I made it when I thought tahini and lemon "probably weren't too crucial to the recipe"
Fresh out of the solar oven
This pic is a little unappetizing, but it's a false alarm