by Tammy Taylor~
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Our great state of Texas has been hit hard by Mother Nature. Hurricane Harvey barrelled onto shore, leaving devastation in his path. Streets were impassable and the damage was great. Even if a home was undamaged, thousands were without electricity for several days. Some are still without electricity and have no idea for how long. These natural disasters get me to thinking about emergency preparedness.
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A few years ago I purchased a solar oven. (I purchased my own *Sun Oven and I love it.) Living out here in the country it’s not uncommon for our electricity to go out. As a matter of fact, there were times when our electricity was off for several days due to damaged transmission lines during a storm. But as long as I can see a shadow, I have FREE cooking fuel available to provide food for my family. Cooking fuel of the sun!
Oh yeah baby, I’ve used my solar oven to Bake Bread several times, and I’ve also baked Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes and even made homemade Marinara Sauce and many more things. Casseroles are wonderful things to make in the solar oven too, and I’ve made a delightful SW Chicken & Herbed Brown Rice with ease, and RancherMan’s favorite Cheesy Chile Chicken Casserole.
(You can read all my solar-cooking posts here –> Solar Cooking.)
The Sun Oven folks have improved their design since I bought mine – adding a wind-resistant leg with ground stakes, dual-purpose leveling rack, and an extra thick glass door containing sun-tracking cube. Now I wanted that sun cube. BAD.
It would be so helpful to know when I’m perfectly aligned with the sun. And being better aligned to the sun’s rays means higher oven temps are possible. So I bought the upgrade to get it. (again, I bought my own upgrade. But if you have an older Sun Oven too, you can get the retro-fit kit here –> *Sun Oven Retro-Fit Kit)
So if the recent natural disasters have you thinking about your own preparedness plans, check out the Sun Oven folks. And tell ’em Texas Homesteader sent ya!
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