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Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff (or Solar Oven)


  • 1 1/2 pounds Beef Stew Meat or Ground Beef
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • Ground Black Pepper and Salt to taste
  • 4 cup Beef Broth
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce (I substituted Teriyaki sauce the last time that I made it because I was out of Worcestershire)
  • 1 whole Onion, Sliced (I tend to only have red onions here, but any will work)
  • 4 cloves of Pressed Garlic
  • 16 ounces Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 2 cups Sour Cream
  • 1 handful Fresh Parsley, Chopped

Serve over Egg Noodles, Mashed Potatoes Or Rice 

INSTRUCTIONS: (This recipe works well in your solar oven as well)

  1. Place meat into the crockpot and cook until browned. You can cook this in a pan and add to the crockpot or if you have a ninja 4 in one cooker, you can use the stovetop setting.
  2. Add Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Stir until well combined.
  3. Pour Beef Broth on top and 
  4. Add sprinkle flour, salt,  and black pepper. Stir until combined (Sprinkle to prevent clumping) 
  5. Cover crock pot with lid and set to cook on Hi for 6 hours or Low for 8-10 hours. 
  6. Once done turn crock pot off and allow to cool for 20 minutes or until no longer simmering 
  7. Stir in sour cream
  8. Serve Beef Stroganoff over noodles, mashed potatoes or rice. Sprinkle with parsley

Hobo Stew in your solar oven

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The following recipe is for ONE hobo stew which is

ONE serving. We make 10+ when we go camping and these can be thrown in your solar oven after lunch for dinner or even on a campfire or grill.


  • 1 hamburger patty
  • 1/3 cup hash browns or home style potatoes, thawed
  • 1/3 cup frozen mixed veggies, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon teriyaki or 1 tablespoon of BBQ sauce – page 46
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Aluminum foil



  1. Set up solar oven.
  2. Lay out square of aluminum foil and place hamburger patty in middle of foil.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place potatoes and vegetables on top of patty
  5. Sprinkle again with salt and pepper
  6. Add sauce to top of “mound.”
  7. Pull up corners of aluminum foil to form a “bundle” and twist foil to seal
  8. Add bundle to solar oven and seal oven.
  9. Let cook for 4 hours in oven or until meat is cooked


Solar oven “hard boiled” quail eggs


There are so many different things that you can make in your solar oven.  A favorite snack in our house is hard boiled eggs…. especially quail eggs. They are BITE SIZED! 

You can use a solar oven to “hard boil” using the hot air inside the oven. 

When using a solar oven for eggs, an easy hack it to hard boil eggs  is to put them in a carton inside the  oven. The carton needs to be one of the paper ones, not the plastic or styrofoam ones because the cartons will melt inside the oven.

Once you place your  eggs in the carton, set them inside your solar oven. Seal the lid and add the reflectors. The quail eggs will take between 90-120 minutes depending on the temperature. 


Solar Oven cooking – DUMP CAKE

IMG_20160421_174700585_HDRDump Cake is one of those super simple recipes that we LOVE to make in this house. 

Dump Cake

  • 1 package of cake mix (or a homemade cake mix)
  • 3 cups of fresh fruits (berries, cherries, apples, peaches, etc)
  • ½ – ¾ cups water
  • 4 Tablespoons butter

(Substitution – if you are using canned fruit rather than fresh, use one full can, including liquid and omit the water)

In solar oven pan, stir together cake mix and fruit. Add water and mix. It will be lumpy!! Do not over stir. Place 4 tablespoons pats of butter on the top of the batter. Cover with pan lid.

Cook in the solar oven for 6-8 hours.  (This cake will not rise. It is a gooey cake, not a fluffy one.)


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Using a Solar Oven

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solarovenWhat is a solar oven?

A solar oven is an oven that you use outdoors to cook food while using only the sun as your power source. It is virtually an outdoor crockpot that has no need to plug in. The sun can heat the oven anywhere from 150-300+ degrees. There are no extra power or heat supplies needed besides the sun. And it saves money by not having to run your inside stove or your AC in the summer time. Free power!!!

Anything that you can cook in a crockpot or an oven indoors or even on the stovetop or in the microwave to reheat, you can cook in your solar oven (excluding frying). You also need a clear view of the south (when in the northern hemisphere.) You can cook for one person or for a dozen for a single meal in the solar oven.

When can I use my solar oven?

You can use a solar oven any day that you have 20-30 minutes of sunshine every 60 minutes and at least 5 hours of cook time. You can use your solar oven in the summer or in the winter time. Yes, it can be partly cloudy, however, rainy days, severe windy days and full cloudy days, you may not be able to get your oven up to heat enough to cook your foods. For those windy days, you can place your oven in an area that gets blocked by the wind, you will heat up sufficiently. You can use your solar oven even with snow on the ground. Be careful of the wind blowing and try to keep it out of direct wind while it is cool outside. That will lower the temperature inside your oven.

What can I use my solar oven for?

You can use your oven for slow cooking, heating and pasteurizing water, baking bread or sweets, roasting a chicken, dehydrating vegetables and fruits, heating canned foods, reheating leftover foods, making a quick sun tea, “pan cooking” hamburgers, etc. The only thing that you cannot do is fry your food.  

Setting up a solar oven.

Setting up you oven is very important to know how to do it. You have to make sure that you seal the oven to keep the heat inside.  The reflectors are very easy to put on and do help raise the temperature inside the oven especially in the winter time.


Pasteurizing Water to make safe for drinking

Pasteurizing water is important in a situation of needing fresh and healthy water. Poor water supplies causes 80% of all sickness and disease in developing countries. Pasteurization destroys all microorganisms that cause diseases from drinking contaminated water.  The goal is to get your water over that 150 degree mark. You need to keep your water supply at the 150 degrees for at least 10 minutes.

Microbe Killed Rapidly At
Worms, Protozoa cysts (Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba) 55°C (131°F)
Bacteria (V. cholerae, E. coli, Shigella, Salmonella typhi), Rotavirus 60°C (140°F)
Hepatitis A virus 65°C (149°F)
(Significant inactivation of these microbes actually starts at about 5°C (9°F) below these temperatures, although it may take a couple of minutes at the lower temperature to obtain 90 percent inactivation.)


wapiThe Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI) (pronounced wa-pee) capsule contains a special wax that melts at 65 degrees Celsius–sufficient to pasteurize water by killing disease-causing organisms including E. coli, rotaviruses, Giardia and the Hepatitis A virus. The WAPI now has the added benefit of a tough stainless steel cable and brass end caps, which allows it to be used over a campfire as well as in a solar cooker. The WAPI is especially valuable when camping or in situations where solar cooking is not an option.

It is reusable AND one comes with the solar ovens that I have with me.


Listing of some of the foods that can be cooked


  • Bread, dinner rolls, cornbread, biscuits
  • Breakfast Rolls, cinnamon rolls
  • “Hardboil” eggs
  • Roasts
  • Potatoes, including au gratin
  • Deserts like brownies, crisps and cake
  • Casseroles / enchiladas
  • Canned goods can be reheated
  • Beans / Chili
  • Rice and Quinoa
  • Chicken breasts
  • Whole chickens/rabbits/quail
  • Chops – pork, goat, lamb
  • Fish
  • Veggies like cauliflower, zucchini, butternut squash
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Meatloaf
  • You can use fresh, canned, dehydrated or frozen ingredients – you can even use your freeze dried storage meals and heat the water needed without the use of any energy beside the sun.



What are some basic tips?

  • Dark pots work better than light colored pots. No clear glass.
  • Short or shallow pots work better than tall ones.
  • Several small pots work better that a single larger one.
  • Foods cooks faster with a lid on the pot.
  • You do not have to use just the pots that come with the oven. Experiment with other items including cast iron, clay or metal loaf racks.
  • You can transform your solar oven into a dehydrator using home-made screen trays (and cracking open the lid.) Make sure that the screen that you are using is metal and not a plastic screen.
  • The more food and/or liquid, the longer it will take to cook your food.
  • Cutting foods into bite sized portions will allow the food to cook faster.


DO NOT let this oven just sit and collect dust. Please experiment and use it before there is an emergency and you HAVE to know how use it!  Know how to use before the time comes.

Pulled Pork

  • boneless pork loin or roast, 2 to 2 1/2 pounds
  • bottled or homemade barbecue sauce
  • spice rub-  1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp cumin

Rinse the meat and trim off larger pieces of fat.  Cut into thirds if desired to speed up cooking time. Liberally rub spices on all sides.  Place in a solar oven pan and refrigerate overnight.


Cook in the solar oven for 4+ hours.  As always, check for doneness and adjust cooking time depending on oven temperature.

Once the pork is cooked and slightly cooled, slice and hand pull it using a fork and knife. Mix in barbecue sauce to taste. To serve, place pulled pork on bun and top with cole slaw.

Whole Chicken, (or Quail, or Rabbit)

  • one whole chicken
  • one lime or lemon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Add chicken to solar oven pan. Juice ½ lime over side of chicken. Flip chicken and juice other ½ of lime over the other side of the bird. Sprinkle with garlic powder.  


Cook in the solar oven for 6-8 hours.  As always, check for doneness and adjust cooking time depending on oven temperature.
Stuffed Peppers

  • Mini bell pepper,
  • cream cheese or other soft cheese
  • aluminum foil

Slice the tops off of the mini bells. Spoon in cream cheese. Place peppers on aluminum foil, standing upright. (This will take 2 or maybe 3 hands!) Pull the sides of the aluminum foil up and twist corners to form a bundle.

Cook in the solar oven for 4+ hours.  As always, check for doneness and adjust cooking time depending on oven temperature.

Baked Potatoes

  • Large potato

Wash potato. With a fork, poke several times. Wrap in aluminum foil and place in solar oven. Let “bake” all day.


Chorizo Stuffing

  • 1 pound of beef or pork chorizo
  • 12 ounces of dried bread crumbs (packaged or home-made)
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cans of chicken broth

Break apart sausage into small pieces. In you solar oven pan, mix together all dry ingredients. Pour chicken stock over the top and cover pan with lid.

Cook in the solar oven for 6-8 hours.  As always, check for doneness and adjust cooking time depending on oven temperature.


Dump Cake

  • 1 package of cake mix (or a homemade cake mix)
  • 3 cups of fresh fruits (berries, cherries, apples, peaches, etc)
  • ½ – ¾ cups water
  • 4 Tablespoons butter

(Substitution – if you are using canned fruit rather than fresh, use one full can, including liquid and omit the water)

In solar oven pan, stir together cake mix and fruit. Add water and mix. It will be lumpy!! Do not over stir. Place 4 tablespoons pats of butter on the top of the batter. Cover with pan lid.

Cook in the solar oven for 6-8 hours.  (This cake will not rise. It is a gooey cake, not a fluffy one.)


Roasted Garlic

  • 4-6 six whole garlic bulbs
  • ½ tablespoon of olive oil
  • Aluminum foil

Cut the top off of each bulb of garlic. Place garlic in center of foil sheet, cut side up. Drizzle olive oil on top of garlic. Pull up sides of foil and twist together.

Place foil packet into solar oven. Cook in the solar oven for 4+ hours.  Serve on bread, crackers or spread on meat.


Herb Peasant Bread

  • 6-1/2 cups of wheat (We grind our own, so we add 2T of wheat gluten too)
  • 2 Tablespoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups warm water (not boiling, but warm to touch)
  • 2 teaspoons salt (I only use pink Himalayan in my house)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted

In a glass bowl, add water, yeast and sugar and let sit for 5 minutes or until bubbly. In a larger bowl, stir together wheat (and wheat gluten if you are adding extra) and salt.

Slowly stir in yeast mixture into flour with wooden spoon. Blend well until dough forms. Place dough ball in clean bowl.

Divide the dough in half and place in bread pan. Cover with cloth and let rise on counter for about 1 hour.  We use a clay bread pan. (the darker the better)

Using your bread knife, make slices into the tops of the dough about 1/2 inch deep.

Place in solar oven and seal. Cook in the solar oven for 4+ hours.  Serve on bread, crackers or spread on meat.



“Hard Boiled” Eggs

  • Amount of eggs that you want cooked. These can be quail, chicken, duck, etc.
  • Paper egg carton, lid removed

Place your eggs into the carton and place the carton in the solar oven and let cook for 90 minutes.

No water needed!



Roasted Chicken, solar oven style

I will not lie. We use our solar ovens often. Anyone with a southern view from the U.S. can use a solar oven most any day of the week.  During the spring and fall, we use our oven 4 or 5 times a week. During the summer, we use it on days that monsoons are not expected. Heavy rain puts a damper on cooking with the sun. (If I get it out first thing in the morning, we don’t have issues, but I do have to reheat for dinner.)

We were lucky enough to have roosters ready for culling so I was able to use really fresh meat today. Yes, we do harvest our own meat on our farmstead.

Roasted herb chicken is a favorite in our house.

  • Chicken – we used whole, but you can use thighs, legs or chicken breasts.
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil.
  • 1 tablespoon dried herbs, like oregano, parsley and thyme or use an Italian blend. You can use fresh herbs if in season.
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, pressed or 1/2 teaspoon dried garlic

Place chicken into solar oven pan. Pour oil over top, try to get as even as possible. Sprinkle herbs and garlic on top. Cover pan and place in solar oven. Bake for 4-6 hours or until meat is cooked through. Serve with baked potatoes, fresh spinach salad and slice of French bread.

You can also make similar chicken by throwing it into a crockpot, adding a 1/2 cup of water to bottom, and drizzling oil and herbs on top. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Solar Oven Stuffed Bell Peppers

Solar Oven Stuffed Bell Peppers

Featured in the upcoming Solar Oven Cookbook – Released by July 1!!!

This dish is eaten often in our house especially in the summer time when bell peppers go on super sale at the grocery store and when our garden is in over abundance.. Our two youngest kids often just eat the fillings out of the pepper. I am always hoping!

 This recipe can be easily doubled where you can fill both solar oven pans.



  • 6 large bell peppers
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • one egg, beaten
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped (including juice from cut tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup water

For topping:

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped



  1. Set up solar oven.
  2. Cut the tops off of the bell peppers and pull out the seed bundle.
  3. In a bowl mix remaining ingredients (minus toppings)
  4. Divide the mixture and fill each bell pepper
  5. Sprinkle with toppings – cheese and green onions.
  6. Place filled peppers in solar oven pan.
  7. Add pan with lid to solar oven and seal.
  8. Let cook for 6-8 hours in oven or until cooked completely through.




Cilantro Lime Chicken in the crockpot

I absolutely LOVE any meal that I can make in the crock pot or in my solar oven. The “make it and forget it” style cooking is something that I use to keep up with a busy life with 7 kids. This type of cooking allows moms to be moms and spend more time with their kids and have a home-made from scratch meal on the table . This recipe is a favorite in our house. Kids love to pile on the toppings.


Cilantro Lime Chicken

  • 6 large chicken breasts
  • juice from 3 limes
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 Tomitillos, chopped (optional)
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (optional)
  • 2 cans of  corn (undrained)
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
Place all ingredients into your crock pot and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.
Serve with tortillas and your favorite toppings (sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and cheese).
**This recipe can be adjusted for a smaller family too (remember there are 9 in mine). Reduce Beans and corn to 1 can and use only 3-4 chicken breasts for a family of 4-6.

Solar Oven Cooking

I absolutely LOVE my solar oven. I don’t use any fuel so I am saving money and it doesn’t heat up my house to cook. My parents, sister and I all have one and have been experimenting with different recipes. Chicken is the favorite in our house.

On tonight’s menu – boneless chicken breasts with sun-dried tomatoes and portabella mushrooms sprinkled with Montreal seasonings and Rosemary Red potatoes with a spritz of extra virgin olive oil.Imagine the solar oven as a “no-plug in” crockpot. It takes about the same amount of time to load it up as a crock-pot and even the 10 year old can put on the reflectors!! You don’t add any water! It cooks in it’s natural juices!