Emergency Preparedness: Solar Oven & FREE Amazon Prime

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Emergency preparedness for any situation is a good thing in my book. I especially plan about how to keep our homestead going when we lose electricity. 

When natural disaster hits & electricity is out, a solar oven can help keep your family fed. What is your emergency preparedness plan?

Don't wait for a natural disaster, make a solar oven part of your preparedness kit now! #TexasHomesteader

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Times such as hurricane season when I see on the news all the devastation suffered by those in the storm’s path, it brings preparedness once again to the front of my thoughts.

You too?

Texas Hurricane Harvey

Several years ago our great state of Texas was hit hard by Mother Nature. Hurricane Harvey barreled onto shore, leaving devastation in his path. Streets were impassable and the damage was severe.

Even if a home was left undamaged, thousands were without electricity for several days. Some for weeks and others had no idea how long they would be without power.

Emergency Preparedness: Solar Oven

A few years ago I purchased a Sun Oven solar oven.

Recent natural disasters get me to thinking about our emergency preparedness plans. A solar oven is a must when electricity is out. #TexasHomesteader

Living out here in the country it’s not uncommon for our electricity to go out. As a matter of fact, there have been numerous times when our electricity was off for several days due to damaged transmission lines during an ice storm.

I’ve written before about How To Stay Warm When The Power Goes Out. That’s an important read, y’all. But what about feeding your family?

Powerful ice storm brought trees down and knocked out electricity to thousands. #TexasHomesteader

For our household, at least I don’t have to worry about feeding RancherMan & myself.

No matter if it’s hot or cold outside – as long as I can see a shadow I have FREE cooking fuel available to provide food for my family.

I’m using the free cooking fuel of the sun!

*About My Solar Oven: For those of you asking, I have a Sun Oven brand solar oven and I LOVE IT!  If you’ve been waiting to get a solar oven of your own, don’t wait – now’s the time!

Sun Oven solar oven. #TexasHomesteader

What Can You Cook In A Solar Oven?

My Sun Oven brand of solar oven cooks much like a traditional oven. I’ve cooked many things in it, including:

Casseroles are wonderful things to make in the solar oven too. And I’ve made several, including:

You can read all my solar-cooking posts here All our best posts about solar cooking and using the sun. #TexasHomesteader

Solar oven with black lidded enamel pot cooking food using the energy of the sun. #TexasHomesteader

Solar Oven Tracking Cube Option

The Sun Oven folks improved their design after I bought mine – adding a wind-resistant leg with ground stakes, dual-purpose leveling rack, and an extra thick glass door.

But the mother of all improvements is this sun-tracking cube.  

Recent natural disasters get me to thinking about our emergency preparedness plans. A solar oven is a must when electricity is out. #TexasHomesteader

It’s 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.

But ugh. It wasn’t easy for me to be able to tell if the oven was perfectly tilted and angled or not since my original Sun Oven didn’t come with the tracking cube.

Aligning a solar oven to the highest heating efficiency. #TexasHomesteader

So I bought the upgrade to get that handy tracker cube. (again, I bought my own upgrade. )

But if you have an older model Sun Oven too, you can also get the retro-fit parts here –> *Sun Oven Replacement Parts, You can get a thicker glass door with the sun cubes attached, a handy folding leveling rack or an upgraded stabilizer leg, amongst other upgrades.

Sure makes solar cooking easier, y’all.

FREE Amazon Prime Trial!

Regardless of the brand of solar oven you desire, if you want to buy through Amazon, you can buy *Solar Ovens on Amazon Here

Shipping is usually free, but sometimes you need to be an Amazon Prime member to get free shipping.

If that’s the case, no worries – you can get Amazon Prime FREE for 30 days. Then if you don’t want to continue you just cancel before the trial is up and owe nothing for the Amazon Prime features you enjoyed.

NOTE: If you don’t already have it, you can totally *Try Amazon Prime For FREE for 30 days. Then place your order & get your free shipping, etc. Keep prime for 30 days FOR FREE & try it out – streaming movies, music, free shipping – the whole 9 yards! If you don’t want to continue you can cancel within 30 days and pay nothing for the Amazon Prime membership. But you’ll probably want it anyway – we’ve gotten lots of use from our Amazon Prime by streaming videos & TV shows, streaming music, free next day shipping option on many items, etc.

You can also buy your own Sun Oven brand solar oven by going through Sun Oven’s Website. You’ll also find various accessories to go with your Sun Oven.

Wireless Thermometer Makes Solar Cooking Effortless!

My favorite accessory for my own solar oven is my *Meater Wireless Thermometer!

The Meater is a Bluetooth wireless food thermometer. #TexasHomesteader

Let me tell ya, using a Meater Thermometer has really made cooking in my solar oven easier. It’s wireless & transmits the deets on my cooking through Bluetooth technology right to my smart phone. I’m able to track progress from the comfort of my own easy chair! 

By watching ambient temperatures I can tell when the oven needs to be readjusted toward the sun, and the meat probe tracks how close my food is to being cooked, and even how long it will take it to get there.

Really, I can’t say enough about this wireless cooking option, whether cooking in the solar oven, the grill or inside.

Act Now, Be Prepared For Natural Disasters

So don’t wait until disaster strikes your own home before preparing. Act now.

And if the recent natural disasters have you thinking about your own preparedness plans, I can’t recommend a solar oven enough as part of your preparedness kit.

That’s because a solar oven is the preparedness item you can use all year long, disaster or not!


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