Solar cooking

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Solar cooking is simple, low cost, ecological and safe. Solar cooking is fuel-, wood- and gas- free.  It doesn’t pollute, longs walks to collect heavy fire wood are unnecessary, it doesn’t contribute to deforestation, it is also smoke- and fire- free.

There are three different kinds of solar cookers:  the box cooker, the parabolic cooker and the panel cooker, which is a mix of the two.

The closed box cooker is oriented towards the sun. The dish cooks slowly for 2 or 3 hours, However the food cannot be touched during this time.

The parabolic cooker needs to be regularly turned towards.  The food can be mixed, spices added, etc., during the cooking time.

The panel cooker, made of plastic film or glass, is the simplest to build. It also needs to follow the sun, but not as regularly as the parabolic cooker.

The temperature in solar cooking can reach up to 212°F – 100°C, which is sufficient to cook food while preserving nutritional quality and taste.

Solar cookers are sold worldwide by various manufacturers.  They are also quite easy to build.

Solar cooking is not restricted to warm climates or ample spaces.  A solar cooker is no bigger than a satelite dish on a city balcony. The food continues to cook for about 20 minutes if the weather becomes cloudy.

When it is not warm enough to cook with the solar cooker, the box cooker can still be used as a Norwegian pot, to finish cooking and keep the meal warm.

A solar cooker can also be used to sterilise water and to dry fruit.

Although every household is not yet equipped with a solar cooker, global warming, pollution, the diminishing quantities of fossile fuels and common awareness of the situation will encourage the development of this healthy and ecoloqical way of cooking.

Eating organic and solar cooking seems to be the ultimate!

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