One of the big topics that has been consistent in preparedness over the years that I have run Prepper Website, is food. People know how important it is to eat! A few days of going hungry and you start to really lose energy and even the ability to focus and think straight. Couple that with stress and expended energy to deal with your situation, eating isn’t a want, it is a need!
When it comes to preparedness cooking, you need options! There might be times when you don’t have time to build and maintain a fire. There might be time when you need to conserve your fuel. There might be time when an open flame gives away your activities and your position.
One option for preppers is a solar oven. Until recently, I had only read about them and seen videos. However, I now have some experience using the Solavore Sport Solar Oven.
The Solavore Sport Oven was shipped neatly packaged with clear instructions for setup. Make sure you do read the instructions carefully and just don’t go to town removing the film on the lid that kind of looks like an anti-scratch plastic for shipping! It’s there for a reason. I almost made the mistake of ripping it off! The solar oven comes with the solar box, clear lid, reflectors, two black pots, a temperature gauge and a WAPI.
My main concern and real trial was if the solar oven would cook the “usual” stockpile of food that preppers would store. For me, that would include rice and beans.
My first attempt failed! I waited for a sunny day, according to weather.com. I started early in the morning and set everything up. However, I lost the sun halfway through the day. So, this is something that needs to be kept in mind if you’re cooking during an emergency situation. You will need a backup plan to possibly finish cooking your food if you lose the sun behind clouds.
My second attempt worked! Again, I waited for a sunny day. I set the Solavore Sport out before I left for work. The cool thing is that I didn’t get back home till after 7 p.m. The sun was already setting and the box was cool (January in Houston, TX). The temperature gauge didn’t even register! I thought I had another fail on my hands. When I lifted the lid, I could smell the rice and beans. I brought the pots inside and took a bite! Everything was done to my satisfaction. I made a bowl of rice and beans, added a little Tony’s to it and popped it in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm it up.
Solar ovens don’t burn food. So, you can leave your food in your solar oven all day and not worry about it burning. There are so many things that you can cook with a solar oven. Solavore has recipes you can try – savory and sweet.
My advice is that you experiment and try cooking with your solar oven when you don’t need it, so you will know how it works when you do need it! The beauty of the Solavore is that it is so lightweight and sturdy. You can use this all year long, just as long as you have sun. And, you don’t have to wait for an emergency!
You can purchase the Solavore Sports Solar Oven on the Solavore site.
Check out my pics below as well as videos that I have linked to by my blogging friend, Anegela @ Food Storage and Survival. Especially pay attention to her video on the WAPI. I think this is a BIG selling point for solar ovens.
Do you have any experience with a solar oven? What is it? Would you consider purchasing one for your preps?