It’s here! It’s here!

We’ve finally decided to go ahead and take the leap!  I am proud to announce that a solar oven has found its way to our home!  Now we just have to hope we learn to cook with it quickly before we all either starve or have to try to live off of take-out food.

You see, we cook.  Alot.  Every meal, everyday, plus baking.  It’s usually not a bad thing, but it means that our electric bill skyrockets in the summer when we are trying to boil a chicken, dehydrate fruit, and simmer beans for several hours on the stove while our air conditioner frantically tries to keep up.  We’ve never actually beaten the air conditioner (Thank God!), but it’s safe to say we were looking for alternatives for this summer.  We are frugal folks, and live in the southwest, so it’s hot here for several months, and heating up the kitchen is both wasteful and uncomfortable.  However, we have sunshine and it’s free!  So, we ordered the solar oven.  Outdoor summer cooking – here we come!

With this unbridled optimism and a healthy dash of naivety, we came up with a challenge: our goal is to cook in the solar oven most days, if not everyday, for the next six months.  Having said this, neither of us has exactly used a real solar oven before.  In fact, I don’t think we have even seen a working one.  I suppose for all we know we may have just ordered a really overpriced pet kennel or something.  And, naturally, we have no idea how to cook in it.  Thus, the solar cooking challenge begins.  Now, if you will excuse me, I think I need to read on Google and reserve some library books.  If you have any advice, please feel free to share!

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