Solar oven cooking is easy. Exact timing is not important. The gentle, solar heat is what gives food the enhanced flavor that is always present in this method of cooking. You will become an expert in no time at all. Just experiment a little!


RICE 1 cup brown rice 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups water Place ingredients in 1-quart dark pot with lid in 250-275 solar oven for 1 hour or until done (water absorbed).

New York style Cheesecake

2 Packages (8 oz ea) 1 Package (3 oz) cream cheese- softened. 3/4 cup sugar, 3 tbsp flour, 1 tsp freshly grated lemon peel, 1/2 tsp freshly grated orange peel, 3 eggs

 Crust (see notes below)

 With electric mixer, beat softened cream cheese, sugar, flour, and grated peels until smooth. Add eggs one at a time and beat until fluffy. Pour into crust in baking pan (see notes) Cover and bake in solar oven at 200 to 250 F. Bake 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The cheesecake will rise some, and a toothpick inserted into center of cake should come out clean. When done allow to cool uncovered, then unmold. Serve well chilled, if desired, top with strawberries or whatever.


 I use a small aluminum, square sided skillet that has been painted black with barbecue paint. The lid for the skillet is also painted black. Use a dark container with lid that is approx. 7 or 8 inches in diameter.

 The crust is simple- Heavily butter the walls of the pan and flour generously with graham cracker crumbs. Pour the mixture into this. Or the cheesecake can be made without the crust if the pan is greased and floured.


Solar Pot Roast
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1 lean beef chuck or similar roast- about 3 lbs- cut the meat into 2 or 3 chunks-
 put the roast into a black pot ( I use "Granite Ware") use whatever you have in the way of a dark pot or you can even use an oven cooking bag set into a pan or skillet.
Empty one package of dry onion soup mix over the meat, cover, and cook in the solar oven for 4 to 6 hours or until tender. You won't believe how good this is! Remember, you can vary this recipe with any thing that you like. I used this example because it is the simplest. The oven can be 200 to 250 F. 

Solar Cooked Pinto Beans

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 Soak about 1/2 pound of pinto beans in water overnight. Drain the beans and add fresh water to cover the beans by about 1/2 inch. Add a pinch of salt- some chopped onion, a little garlic, and a slice of bacon if you like. This all goes into a covered dark pot and is cooked ALL day in the solar oven. If you notice the water has boiled away, just add more hot water. They are done when they are tender. 


3 cups self-rising flour

2 TBSP sugar

1 12oz can of any beer

pinch of salt

1/2 to 3/4 cups of raw, unsalted sunflower kernels

Mix all ingredients to form a dough ball. Put dough into a greased 32 oz juice can that has been painted black on the outside with barbecue paint. Set can into preheated oven and bake until top is golden brown- 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on how hot your oven is. Remove from solar oven and let cool. The bread shrinks a bit while cooling, and will slip right out of the can. Slice, and enjoy! Makes great burger, and sandwich buns.

About the container:Take a 32 oz can (like a large V8 juice can) remove the top and paint the outside of the can with BBQ or grill paint found in the BBQ section of your big Depot type hardware store. After the paint has dried bake the empty container in the solar oven to cure the paint. This is the best way to bake a loaf of bread in a solar oven.


Place several chicken legs in a single layer inside of a plastic cooking bag. Spread the chicken with a generous amount of pureed, raw garlic (about 1 tsp for each leg) Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Close cooking bag end with provided tie and place entire cooking bag flat on the bottom of the preheated solar oven. Put a small slit in the top of the bag. The oven can be anywhere in temperature from 200 to 350 degrees depending on the type of cooker that you are using. The legs will be done in 1 to 2.5 hours. These chicken legs are incredibly delicious! Intense in roasted garlic flavor!


Inside a dark, covered pot place 2 or three medium size, whole potatoes- any type. No need to preheat the oven. Let them bake all day in a slow oven of about 250 degrees F. Here is where you can set the oven due south and just leave it alone while your are at work or playing. When you come home you will have the most flavorful potatoes you have ever tasted! Garnish them however you prefer or just eat them plain. I often store these in the refrigerator to be used in other solar recipes, like the next one!


Slice a couple of those SOLAR BAKED POTATOES and place them into a dark pot. Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil, add a 1/2 cup of milk, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and a generous amount of parmesian cheese. Mix briefly, then cover and place into a preheated solar oven and bake until hot- about an hour or so. Real easy- REAL GOOD!

Slice 4 onions. Add the onions and 1 can of beer to a covered pot. Simmer in the solar oven until the onions are tender. Add uncooked BRATS and continue cooking for about 45 minutes or until the sausages are done. Serve as is or heaped onto a bun!


This is really simple. You won't believe how good this stuff is! Start with 5 14.5 oz cans of whole peeled tomatoes, any brand. Dump these into a pot. Add herbs, seasonings like fresh chopped garlic, chopped onion, fresh rosemary, oregano, etc. - whatever you like. Add a couple pinches of salt. The salt brings out the 'body' of the sauce so do this to your personal taste. Now, let this simmer all day in the solar oven. The sauce will reduce and thicken after a while. Check it once in a while, taste it, adjust the seasonings if you want to. Remember, if the sauce tastes bland or flat, add a little salt. You may never buy another jar of premade sauce again! ENJOY !

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