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Cook With The Sun Using The SUN OVEN®

September 12, 2011 by  

Cook With The Sun Using The SUN OVEN®

We have no idea whether we will be hit by a natural disaster, a manmade disaster or even an economic collapse. With the SUN OVEN® you can be assured that you will have a way to cook no matter what happens.

The SUN OVEN® can be used anywhere there is sunlight. It can be used in the coldest part of the winter as long as the sun is shining. The ideal time to use the oven is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On a cloudy day, it will take a lot longer to cook, similar to a slow cooker.

The SUN OVEN® bakes, boils or steams any kind of food with the power of the sun. You can hard-boil an egg inside the SUN OVEN® without water. Just place the egg inside, and it will cook in about 20 minutes.

The SUN OVEN® is economical. It requires no fuel. And cooking with the SUN OVEN® reduces air-conditioning costs in the summer, because you are not heating up the kitchen with the conventional oven.

The even temperature of the sun allows it to cook evenly and never burns the food. There is no need to stir the food as you are cooking it. Because there is no airflow, the food stays moist and never dries out.

The SUN OVEN® works just like your home oven. It will reach temperatures of 350° to 400° F.  Yet it is totally safe, and there is no danger of fire.

The SUN OVEN® is easy to use and portable. It can be used in the back yard in case of a power failure. This makes it ideal to have in case of some sort of disaster.

The SUN OVEN® comes with a black enamel roasting pot with a lid. Enamelware is used because it is dark and holds heat, which allows the food to cook faster.

The SUN OVEN® is composed of an outer box made with very durable PVC plastic and an inner box made out of aluminum that has been sprayed with black, non-toxic powder coating to absorb the heat, which is easy to clean. The oven has a leg you can adjust to get the right angle of the sun. It also has a leveling tray inside, which you can adjust as needed to keep the pot from being lopsided if you’ve adjusted the oven’s leg.

The inner lining of the SUN OVEN® is made of insulation similar to that used in pizza ovens. It is so well insulated that it traps heat inside the box and allows it to cook anything in a small roasting pan that you normally would cook or bake in an oven. It has reflectors that fold out to reflect the sun and heat up the black inner box.

There is a tempered-glass door that locks to keep the heat inside the box. The glass heats up, so it is important to use oven mitts to reach into the SUN OVEN® when removing food. The glass locks down and heats up, which deters animals from getting inside to eat food that is being cooked.

The SUN OVEN® reflectors are made of anodized aluminum. They will never rust or oxidize, and they are 86 percent reflective. They fold down, lock and lay flat on top of the oven. The oven, which weighs only 21 pounds, has a handle and can be carried like a small suitcase.

The SUN OVEN® has a temperature gauge that allows you to regulate the heat.

Two Ways To Cook In A SUN OVEN®

  • As if you were cooking in a conventional oven: Check the SUN OVEN® every 20 to 30 minutes and refocus it toward the sun so it will get the same amount of heat.
  • As if you were cooking in a slow cooker: Put the food in the pot, place it in the SUN OVEN® and focus it facing south for midday sun. Leave it in from early morning until afternoon, and it will be done when you get home from work. There is no need to worry about the food burning or overcooking. It just keeps it warm, moist and fresh for hours.

Being Prepared To Cook In Case of Emergency Can Reduce Fear and Anxiety

The SUN OVEN® pays for itself in a short time. Thousands of SUN OVENS® have been sold and families are prepared with an alternative way to cook, steam and bake. The fuel the SUN OVEN® saves offsets its cost. The regular price is $269.95. It comes with the enamel roasting pan and lid. I own one of these ovens, and I have enjoyed using it and experimenting with breads and one-pot meals.

How much fuel and wood do you have set aside for preparedness? With the SUN OVEN® you won’t need any fuel or wood for cooking, just the power of the sun.

If you don’t ever need it for an emergency, you can use it to have fun with the children and grandchildren on a campout or just a fun backyard picnic. Make snacks like s’mores, dried fruit and fun desserts.

The SUN OVEN® Does Much More Than Cook

Some other things you can do in the SUN OVEN are:

  • Boil and pasteurize water.
  • Dehydrate fruits and vegetables.
  • Heat water for cleaning or bathing.
  • Kill bugs that may have infested your grain, beans, rice or other food storage.
  • Sanitize dishes.
  • Soften honey.
  • Sprout grains, seeds and legumes.

SUN OVENS® are being sent to Third World countries where the women must search for twigs, sticks and wood to cook because their resources are being depleted.

In my next article, I will explain how to make your own solar cooker or oven. It is less expensive and can be made with surplus materials.

If you are interested in the SUN OVEN® and accessories as well as cookbooks, you can check it out on my website.

Food Storage And Self-Sufficiency Products Available

If you are interested in the SUN OVEN® and accessories featured in this article or any of the seven books I have written, such as Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook or Cookin’ with Home Storage, root cellar storage, 250-gallon water storage tanks, food-storage containers, ION water treatment, dehydrated food sealed in gallon-sized cans with a shelf life of 15 or more years, wheat grinders, sewage treatment, 72-hour packs or emergency medical supplies, click here.

Prepackaged Food Storage Meals With A 15-Year Shelf Life

I have been storing packaged meals called eFoods. They are ideal for long-term food storage because they are packaged in Mylar® pouches that serve four people. Everything is in the pouch except water. Just add water and cook the food for 15 minutes, and it’s done. The meals are delicious, and the company will let you try samples of the meals before you buy. Just pay $9.95 for shipping, and you get three meals that serve four people. I find them very delicious and easy to make. That is what you need in a crisis situation. I don’t just save them for a rainy day. I make the eFoods for meals when I am in a hurry, in the mountains, camping, hiking or feeding a crowd. I have decided that premade meals are the best food storage you can buy. They are fast, easy and convenient. You don’t waste food that way. This company has a program through which you can get one box of food per month. They call it “auto-shipment,” and it’s great! All you need is 10 minutes to set it up, and your food storage will be on auto-ship. Each month, you get a box of food delivered to your home. Go to the website, click on take the Freedom Tour, sign up for the free food and enjoy. Check it out here.

–Peggy Layton

EDITOR’S NOTE: Peggy Layton and her family were featured in the TLC special “Livin’ For The Apocalypse,” which premiered on Aug. 28.

Peggy Layton

a home economist and licensed nutritionist, holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education with a minor in Food Science and Nutrition from Brigham Young University. Peggy lives in Manti, Utah with her husband Scott. Together they have raised seven children. Peggy owns and operates two businesses: One called "The Therapy Center", where she is a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and the other an online cookbook and preparedness products business. She is nationally known for publishing a series of seven books on the subject of food storage and also lectures and teaches seminars about preparedness and using food storage products. Peggy practices what she preaches, has no debt, grows a huge garden, lives off the land, raises chickens, bottles and dehydrates food and has time left over to operate her businesses. To check out Peggy's cookbooks and self sufficiency products go to her website www.peggylayton.com. To get a free sample of three different storable meals that have a 15-year shelf life go here.

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  • TOM DUNNE

    IN WHAT COUNTRY IS THE SUN OVEN MADE?

    • Al Sieber

      I hope it isn’t China.

      • TOM DUNNE

        ME TOO.I ASKED MARK INFANGER,OWNER OF VOLCANO GRILL CO. ADVERTISED ON GLEN BECKS WEB SITE,WHERE IT WAS MADE AND HE SAID “OVERSEAS”.I SAID THAT IS NOT A COUNTRY.HE SAID WHEN HE CAN MAKE HIS GRILL IN THE U.S.A. AND STILL MAKE A PROFIT HE WILL.SO HE ADMITTED IT IS MADE IN CHINA.IN MY OPINION.I ASK TO KNOW COUNTRY OF MFG.SO I DONT BUY CHINESE PRODUCTS.THEY ARE JUNK,USUALLY TOXIC AND CHINA FORCES ABORTION!

        • Al Sieber

          I work with all sorts of equipment and tools everyday and try to stay away from Chinese junk, it always breaks down.

          • TIME

            Hey Al,

            When all hell breaks out, cars will have little value for anything, so a car’s insides with a tin foil lining and rack’s from you cooler / refrigerator that no longer works can be a made into a super Dehydrator, as well the trunks can be made into massive ovens if you line them with tin foil and mirrors.
            As your in the real land of SUN SHINE you should have a great Oven / Dehydrator uint yearly.
            You just need to work with the ebb and flow of the sunlight patterns.

          • Old Henry

            My son has been searching local stores for a splitting maul that is made here in the USA. No luck so far. He refuses to buy a foreign (aka China) made product.

          • Old Henry

            TIME:

            Now that is thinking outside the box, so to speak. SomeTIMEs thinkgs are so obvious they slip past.

            Up Nort they could also double as a freezer from late Fall – early Spring.

          • Michael

            I don’t think Chinese products are junk. But China is an enemy nation. They are building up and modernizing their military to take on the USA. They have computer hackers hitting our computers every day with over a million hits. Our jobs are being outsourced to China. We need to place a 40% tariff on all their goods so that the rest of our jobs don’t leave for China.

          • TIME

            Henry,

            I took survival class’s years ago. With these class’s you learn practical use’s for everything under the sun as in how to find water, how to be sure the water is safe to drink, how to find food, how to make traps, how to build any type of survial hut, starting fires anywhere, how to fix a broken leg or arm etc..
            What plants you can use for meds, what plants you can use for food even how to use Aircraft parts to make ovens…
            So from Practial to Tactical I got it covered, I can make a weapon out of anything so I can survive anywhere.

            You know oddly I didn’t take any of these class’s for types of events that are 99% more likly to happen in the coming months, but rather that as I travel a lot I figured its best to know what to do if the plane crashes and I just happen to survive.

          • independant thinker

            Old Henry have him try Garrett Wade, Duluth Trading, and Lehmans. I know one of them has axes, wedges, etc not made in China (made in Sweeden I believe) and think one or more have some made in the USA.

          • Dick Douglas

            cheap tools? if anyone buys a generic made in china tool and they expect quality service they deserve disappointment. we are quite abusive with some our tools. we can buy two or three of the cheap china tools and know they won’t last. but overall a careful choice equals cost savings. especially when they get run over by skip loader.
            the chinese products are as good as the specifications. i have a pocket flashlight made in china for a german company. the machining is flawless and better than anything i have seen that was made in america.
            back in the 50′s we got a lot of junk form japan. and look at what the japanese are making now.
            you get what you pay for.
            dick

          • http://?? Joe H.

            O H,
            tell your son to go to the flea markets and buy the Us made ones that have broken handles. I have three I bought like that at 4.50 a head. I can get a good hickory handle in amish country for 6 or 7 bucks!! A good US made maul for 12 bucks isn’t bad!!

          • Harry

            Ole Henry, Have your son check out this site http://www.counciltool.com/product.asp?pg=product&item=PR80MFG

        • Old Sully

          Be careful what you use in making your sun oven. I don’t know if refrigerator racks are still made this way, but in the past some manufacturers used material that became toxic when heated.

      • wandamurline

        You can get the instructions to make your own solar oven…it won’t have a temp guage, but it consists of a box and tin foil. I am going to make one and see how it works….have an old moving sat. receiver and this might make one big one. Got my instructions for a class project off the internet.

        • Old Henry

          Wanda:

          I don’t need a temp gauge. I could simply move my timer from the kitchen ceiling and hang it over the oven….

          How much smoke can one stove make? The kids won’t eat my charcole cake..

          • alan

            I am with Michael on tarifs.
            This is what we need in Australia again.
            Developing nations such as China and India to quote only two,are attempting to bring Western nations standards with long hours,low payed labour policies.And using our raw materials at outragiously low bulk prices dictated by a false supply and demand world market…
            We need to start manufacturing finished products again on our terms and living standards and not on foreign living standards.
            If they want our surplus then they should pay our price and parity.
            Same as we to buy their surplus..

        • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

          Michael says:
          September 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm
          “I don’t think Chinese products are junk. But China is an enemy nation. They are building up and modernizing their military to take on the USA. They have computer hackers hitting our computers every day with over a million hits. Our jobs are being outsourced to China. We need to place a 40% tariff on all their goods so that the rest of our jobs don’t leave for China.”.
          Michael,
          Not too long a go I saw that on CNN, and I agree with you.We should start putting heavy tariffs on companies that move their operations over seas.In a few years we could be a burn out third country,a mere shell of what was once a great nation.We now need to stop the wholesale surrender of our sensitive technology to China.Let us send a message to Washington.Enough is enough.

          • CJM

            And don’t forget, coal miner, that Ford has now opted to open an auto factory in China–thereby further reducing jobs in America. How’s that for a corporation stabbing American consumers in the back, especially when the good citizens of America kept them in the black so they didn’t have to ask for stimulus money from the obama groupies.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            I read where that factory is for cars to sell in china. At least that way it isn’t a company moving out and bringing their product back here like Milwaukee tools that were bought out by the Chinese and moved there, only to have the tools brought back here under the Milwaukee name and sold at the same price they were when they were made here!!

      • Cali

        Head Up on China People, They simply “make” what is requested of them. If an employer tells them to make it as cheaply as possible and they do-they are only doing their job…manufacturing what is requested. If they are commissioned to make high quality products they’d make that too. But many companies chose to make cheap crap because they can-WHY because people still buy it!? Remember you vote with your dollars every time you buy something!

      • Cali

        Heads Up on China People, They simply “make” what is requested of them. If an employer tells them to make it as cheaply as possible and they do-they are only doing their job…manufacturing what is requested. If they are commissioned to make high quality products they’d make that too. But many companies chose to make cheap crap because they can-WHY because people still buy it!? Remember you vote with your dollars every time you buy something!

  • Cindy

    There is one Sun Oven that is manufactured in Elburn, IL USA. http://www.sunoven.com/. I’ve been thinking about getting one myself.

    • Al Sieber

      Thanks for the link Cindy.

    • Jibbs

      Thanks for the link cindy, I checked it out and if you order from Peggys Layton’s website it’s $30.00 cheaper. $269.95 vs $299.00.
      I lived 20 miles from where they produce this oven until 9 months ago, and it’s cheaper to order on line than to go pick it up.(thats weird)

      • Old Henry

        Jibbs:

        Did you leave the Land of Stincoln where our govenors make our licsense plates?

    • ed

      thanks for link. here is a site everyone should check out http://stillmadeinusa.com/

      • alan

        Ed.
        Without being sarcastic,i checked out the site and it left me wondering.
        For example:where does the Western world buy its war machines and garb from? Do we borrow resources and purchase these from foreigners???
        Or do we manufacture them in house….mmmmm
        Once we mainly imported so called luxury items that were not made at home.Now it seems we have been left open to cheap stuff made by the exploited of so called developing fo reign neighbours..
        ??? where does the buck go.Where does the buck go then ???
        Save more/spend less policies would not be an issue if we go back to home made trading..We don`t need their wares.
        When they have a shortfall of produce they need ours.And i`m not talking foreign aide here..

  • Buddy

    I’ve used a sun heated oven for mostly broiling. Worked well over the years. However, I had an inexpensive one (made in USA) which disintegrated over time. Maybe too much sun.

  • PSanders

    What is the cost of the Sun Oven?

    • Jibbs

      Thanks for the link cindy, I checked it out and if you order from Peggys Layton’s website it’s $30.00 cheaper. $269.95 vs $299.00.
      I lived 20 miles from where they produce this oven until 9 months ago, and it’s cheaper to order on line than to go pick it up.(thats weird)

  • http://PCPC.org Den

    In Texas we just call a sun oven “the sidewalk”.

  • home boy

    if things get that bad where you have to use one of these products, where will you get the food and how will you keep it refrigerated?

    • Christin

      homeboy,

      From your PREPAREDNESS stash… where have you been?

      Buy dried foods, store them in containers, and then cook them with water and make a soup or casserole or meal. You can also purchase already prepared meals in pouches and add water to hydrate and cook. Garden (for now until they outlaw them)… in container pots, out doors in raised garden beds, the ground or plant fruit trees; and then harvest your fruits and vegetables, can or dry part of them for hard times. And there’s also hunting for now… unless they confiscate people’s guns, but then you can get creative and use a trap, bow and arrows, spear or knife… However you can, you had better start thinking and preparing now.

  • CaptTurbo

    Seems like the electricity my solar powered home produces is more convenient. I love to do my cooking in my electric smokehouse. I just plug it in and toss in some wood chips for the smoke while I sip my beer.

  • JFK

    As long as the food doesn’t have to touch tephlon, or it isn’t made in China, I might get one.

  • JFK

    If this is made in china you no doubt discover that black, non-toxic powder coating to absorb the heat, is full of lead, aluminum, and PVC. How can one find out what is the chemical composition of the non-tozic powder?

  • Christin

    Peggy,

    I think the solar powered oven is great. A poster mentioned ‘the sun oven’ sometime ago, but I didn’t have any info about it… it sounds great.

    It would be good for you to address some of the concerns some of the posters have about where your sun oven is made and the safeness or toxicity of the materials used.

    Thanks.

  • Old Henry

    Yet another good article Peggy.

    I watched the TLC program on the 28th. You were all very good and I enjoyed the program very much.

    Please keep up the good work and God Bless.

  • Jon

    It looks like a good over to cook all that pork in Washington D.C. ;-)

  • http://freedomsphoenix.com SilverGenie

    I have two Sun Ovens (The first of which I bought in the 90s) and a larger one made by an individual. I haven’t found anything I can’t prepare in them although the texture of cake can be a little different..I prefer food prepared in the ovens because I don’t heat up my house (esp in summer in Phoenix), and I never seem to overcook anything even when I forget it.

  • G fandalfo

    MADE IN USA BY AMERICANS great product owned it for years

  • CJM

    Perhaps the sun oven isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If a super-volcano hit the atmosphere, there wouldn’t be any sun available, rendering the product rather useless. And if it takes 20 minutes to cook an egg in its shell, how long would it take to cook the 18lb turkey on a cloudy, unsunny day? Sorry, but don’t think I’ll rush out to buy one, doesn’t seem to be something that would pay for itself in the short-term.

  • texastwin827

    You can make a solar oven out of an aluminum windshield shade and it will reach temps of up to 350 degrees.

    http://solarcooking.org/plans/windshield-cooker.htm

    While I bought a shade for a car, I suspect the ones for pickup trucks would be easier to work with.

  • http://angeltracks alicia

    I own one of these ovens. I have cooked many things this summer using it. Even baked bread. To my knowledge the highest temp it reached was 350 degrees. It is made well. It does have a glass door, but it is heavy duty. There is really nothing to it to break. The unit itself is light weight, and easy to carry. It is a very simple unit. I would recommend it!!!

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