by Texas Homesteader
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I came across a great deal on potatoes recently and thought I’d use my solar oven to cook up baked potatoes. In this case I was ultimately going to dehydrate most of the potatoes for future consumption. But I read that you have to cook them before you can dehydrate them.
So I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone today. Well folks it’s still hot in Texas . And that’s not exactly the best time to throw on your heat-producing oven and bake potatoes.
Enter my handy-dandy solar oven. MAN I love this thing! I got the accessory kit when I bought it. So my solar oven’s been going almost every day for the past two weeks either cooking or dehydrating garden produce. Aaaaaanyway, here’s how I baked my potatotes.
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Preparing The Potatoes
First I washed and dried enough potatoes to fit snugly into a black enamel covered pan. Then I used the sharp point of a knife to pierce each potato several times and stacked them into the pan. They all fit in quite nicely.
Now here’s the really hard part. I put the pan into the solar oven, covered the pan, closed & latched the lid, pointed the reflectors at the sun and cooked them for about 3 hours.
How’s that for easy!??
The temps inside the oven stayed about 300 – 350 for most of that time. I adjusted the reflectors about every hour to keep track of the sun. But you don’t even have to do that if you don’t want to. Just cook them a smidge longer until soft.
Setting Up A Solar Oven When You Won’t Be Home
But a rule of thumb if you’re not going to be around to babysit the oven is to point the reflectors at the sun when you start your timing, and additionally rotate it about 30-degrees clockwise. This gives you approximately 4 hours of average sun before you’ll need to realign the reflectors to keep the heat going.
Although you sacrifice some of the consistent heat inside the oven by using this averaging method, it’s often offset by the convenience of set it & forget it for 4 hours. You just need to add a little more cooking time to compensate for the lower temps. EASY!
Anyway the baked potatoes were done to my liking after about 3 hours. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Of course we enjoyed baked potatoes with our supper that night but most of these potatoes went into the refrigerator to cool overnight to prepare them for dehydrating the next day.
I’ll be dehydrating them into Hash Browns!
Looking For More Solar-Cooking Recipes?
- Emergency Preparedness On The Homestead
- Meatloaf In A Solar Oven
- Cheesy Chile-Chicken Casserole
- Boneless Breaded Pork Chops
- SW Chicken w/Seasoned Brown Rice
- BBQ Pork Sandwiches
- Homemade Marinara Sauce
- Pumpkin Bread
- Baking Bread In A Solar Oven
- Cooking Hard-Boiled Eggs In A Solar Oven
- Baking Potatoes In A Solar Oven
- Brewing Tea With The Sun
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