The day was like any fall day. Partly sunny, and a little chilly. I took the puppy out for a walk and the fedex driver was in my driveway. That’s cool. I wonder what she’s delivering. And then, I saw it! My All American SunOven was being delivered.
So first of all, this was super fast. I was impressed with the speed the company used to get me their product to review. Already, we are starting off on a good road. I was very excited about this opportunity. As a blogger, I am enjoying reviewing products for companies, and books for authors. My horizons have been broadened because some of the products are not things I would have put at the top of my wish list, until I tried them for myself. Where would the SunOven fall in this line?
First, on opening the box, I was again, pleasantly surprised. Everything was packed neatly and compactly, and the SunOven required little extra packing material in the form of paper or styrofoam. Score one for the environment. I hate packing material, and the fact that this company figured out a way for their product to make if from their factory to my door via delivery service, using little packing stuff, is a big deal to me. My SunOven came with a dehydrating kit and the cooking pans. You can use any pan that fits inside the oven, though.
Unpacking and Setting Up
First things first. The oven needs minimal assembly. I unpacked everything from inside the Sun Oven. The sun reflectors ship with a protective film on them that needs to be removed. This was the most time involved in set up. I think it took me 15 minutes once I figured out the best way to attack the job without damaging the reflector. The protective film wraps around the edge slightly, like 1/4 inch. If you loosen this edge first, it makes peeling the film off much easier.
I also had to grab a mid size phillips head screwdriver and slightly adjust the door latches. But this took seconds and it is explained that this may have to be done, in the starter manual. The next part is a bit time consuming but definitely not hard to accomplish. The directions say to disinfect the interior of the Sun Oven by putting a bowl of vinegar into the oven, let it heat up and steam the inside of the oven for 90 minutes. Afterwards, use the hot vinegar to wipe out the oven and then it is ready to use. Ok I can do that and set off to get it done. I really wanted to get cooking with my Sun Oven, but since I was asked to do a review, I thought I better follow the instructions. (actually, this is a big step for me. I am a born nonconformist!)
Learning to Use the Sun Oven
We positioned the Sun Oven outside on our deck. The sun was shining brightly. We figured out how to align the positioning guide with the sun for optimal heating. The thermometer began to rise and we were cooking vinegar! As the hour went by, some clouds rolled in. Then more. The Sun Oven did a pretty good job of maintaining a cooking temperature until the day turned cloudy. I had to move the position of the oven a few times to keep it in line with the sun, when it popped out. The vinegar did steam and get hot. Unfortunately, I had to admit, the day was no longer sunny and I would have to wait to cook until the next sunny day. I wiped out the oven, closed the reflectors and brought it inside.
Here are some facts that I have gathered so far, concerning using the Sun Oven. Spec info: the oven weighs 22 pounds, and is very easy to move around. I did not find it heavy or hard to carry. The dimensions are 19 x 19 x 11. It did need a fairly large table if you are not planning on placing it on the ground. A picnic table would be fine. I tried to use a small folding table but the stabilizing leg would not fit on the table, too, since it sticks out at an angle.
For stews and casseroles cooked in the Sun Oven, the recommendation is to cut back on the liquid by 1/4 to 1/3. In baking, there is no need to adjust the liquid. The Sun Oven can be left unattended because there is no danger of fire. However, you will get the best result by being available to adjust the Sun Oven’s position as the sun moves during the day. Basically anything that you can cook in a regular oven, can be cooked in the All American Sun Oven. Using the Sun Oven saves you electricity or gas charges too. The ovens are made right here in the USA.
There is a good chance of sun tomorrow so I plan to start the day with an egg casserole cooked in my sun oven I will update this post as soon as the food is cooked. er, well after I eat it of course!
But while you are waiting on my cooking review, here’s a couple links you can check out.
Barbecue Chicken from Food Storage Moms
Solar Oven Recipes by Homestead Lady
Whole Wheat Bread from Food Storage Moms
Sunny morning! I cracked some eggs and added some shredded cheddar cheese and herbs. Mixed it all together and popped the bowl into the pre heated Sun Oven. I went about getting a few things done. About an hour later, eggs were ready to eat! Piping hot from the sun oven. And I beat the clouds that rolled in when the wind picked up!
Here’s a picture of the eggs cooking and a final one of the chickens enjoying the leftovers. Because that’s what we do. We share our leftovers with the animals.
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