Tasty and Easier Than You Think!
Several years ago my family moved from Oregon to Texas. These two places could not be any different. There are many fantastic qualities for both Oregon and Texas, but one of the biggest bonuses of moving to the South is being surrounded by the sunshine on many days.
Let’s face it, there is more sun in Texas, and we are certainly enjoying it. This week (a week before Thanksgiving) it is 75 degrees and beautiful outside.
While many parts of the country are receiving snow and rain, we are breaking out the solar oven and baking spiced apples.
Solar Oven Spiced Apples
This recipe works best if you can use a mixture of sweet and sour apples. No worry’s though, use whatever apples you have on hand. I can guarantee your family will love it.
- 8 apples, washed and cut into sections
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons butter, slightly melted
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon mace
The spice combinations are endless, for other flavor ideas see the Holiday Spice Guide at SpicesInc.
- Place the sliced apples in a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients until the apples are well coated.
- Dump the coated apples into a dark pot with a lid. Make sure that it will fit into your solar oven.
- Orient the oven so it will be facing the sun for the next 3 hours.
- It is best to start in the morning so you have the benefit of increasing sunshine.
After 2 hours you should open the oven, remove the pan, and enjoy your solar oven spiced apples. They can be served by themselves, with streusel topping, or with ice cream.
Adapted for traditional cooking: bake at 300 degrees for 30 until the apples are soft and the sauce is thick.
Using a Solar Oven
It is amazing that the power of the sun can be used to easily cook just about any food including meat, poultry, fish, slow-cooked meals, and baked goods. It doesn’t require any other fuel besides the sun and the food doesn’t really burn.
You can set up your solar oven up the back yard, but it is just as easily packed for camping trips or used for preparedness cooking. You’ll find it to be a great time saver because you can literally “set it and forget it”. Return in a few hours and the food will be perfectly cooked.
No need to stir or watch the pot.
Thanks to Solavore
I was given a Solavore Sport Solar Oven to use for my solar oven spiced apples. These opinions are my own. The Solavore Sport Solar Oven is sturdy and made of rugged, durable, lightweight nylon resin. Its two-pot capacity lets you cook family-size meals year-round. You only need a sunny day and you’re out of the kitchen.
Solavore is a women-owned social enterprise whose mission is to promote clean cooking technology around the world. The Solavore Sport oven was purpose-built by solar energy executives from 3M Corp. and the University of Arizona for maximum efficiency, durability and ease of use. Over 20,000 Solavore Sport ovens have been deployed in 60 countries. Solavore is an active member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves and Solar Cookers International.
The Solavore Sport is made in the USA and ships free from St Paul, MN.
Barb Farquharson says
Hi there, I’ve just been looking at your preparedness mama.com site because I needed a crab apple recipe , a big surprise to learn about the Salavore Sport Solar Ovens. What a great idea. What do they cost and can you only order via your site? I have just seen the pic’s of the ovens and would like to know more about them. Can you please put up a reply. I’m in Australia and I’ve never heard about these ovens.