Tag Archives: Solar Cooking

Enjoying A Cold, Sugar-Free Minty Beverage

 by Texas Homesteader ~

I like to serve healthier beverages. It’s important to drink water, but sometimes it get cat boring. What about a minty drink that’s sugar free. Is there any such thing?

Recently I was looking at my mint bed which is doing VERY well #thankyouverymuch. A little too well actually. It’s spreading in places I’d rather it not grow.

But while I was thinning the rambling mint runners, it smelled so dang good. I wondered if I could use it for a refreshingly-cold minty drink?

I've got chocolate mint growing outside & a gorgeous Stevia plant too. Why not brew it into a refreshingly cold, sweetened minty beverage? #TexasHomesteader

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Using FREE Solar Energy To Brew Your Tea

by Texas Homesteader ~
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RancherMan loves his iced tea. I love that it’s a healthier drink option for him than many other choices. And brewing our own tea means no trash. Plus it’s super cheap.

All. Good. Stuff.

But did you know it doesn’t necessarily have to be hot outside to brew tea? All you really need is sunshine. There are a couple of ways I’m able to provide RancherMan with that delicious beverage he loves. Brewed in winter or summer: No purchased energy necessary!

Sun Tea - quick to brew using the power of the sun whether winter or summer. A delicious, healthy and trash free beverage. #TexasHomesteader

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Summer Cooking: Savory Meatloaf (Includes Solar Cooking Option)

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Meatloaf is a versatile comfort food and we enjoy it often. The recipe below uses a standard oven, but I often use my solar oven during the heat of summer.

Either way – just mix ground meat with eggs, breadcrumbs & a few seasonings and you’re good to go. And I say go ahead, make TWO while you’re at it! 

I'm cooking up our favorite comfort food - meatloaf! I'm using my solar oven to cook it but the recipe includes standard oven directions too #TexasHomesteader

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Solar Cooking: Hard-Boiled Eggs In The Solar Oven

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I love my solar oven. I’ve said it time & time again, I hate to fire up my electric oven during the heat & humidity of our Texas summers.

Not only does it cost fuel for the stove to operate, but boiling eggs adds even more heat inside our home. That requires our air conditioning to work overtime cooling it back down, therefore costing even more money.

Several years ago I bought a solar oven and I absolutely love it! What a great item in your Emergency Preparedness toolbox!

Then at a Mother Earth News Fair I attended a few years ago, a solar-cooking seminar presenter told us how easy it was to cook ‘hard-boiled’ whole eggs in the solar oven without even using water. Color me intrigued!

Solar-Cooking Eggs. I'm hearing that you can BAKE your eggs instead of boiling them. I decided to give it a try in my solar oven. Check it out. #TexasHomesteader

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Emergency Preparedness on the Homestead: Solar Oven

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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. 

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?

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

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Solar Cooking: Cheesy Chile-Chicken Casserole

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I’m in the mood for a cheesy chile chicken casserole. This simple recipe can be cooked the traditional way in a standard oven. But I often cook it outside in my solar oven.

You see, today the temps outside are spiking and humidity is on the rise. It’s absolutely miserable outside! So I’ll be utilizing my solar oven to make my casserole.

The recipe below gives regular oven instructions though. So whether or not you have your own solar oven – read on, dear friends!

solar cooking - cheesy green chile chicken casserole #TexasHomesteader

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