We bought a solar oven that we found on Craigslist a few days ago. So far we’ve made our breakfast oatmeal, my husband has boiled water for his coffee, we made yesterday’s lunch (brown rice, with eggs and frozen veggies mixed in at the end), and today I baked biscuits and reheated some lasagna in it. Works great! I love that we haven’t turned on the stove in the house at all today. It’s really hot here right now, and we’re running the AC, so it’s nice to not put any extra heat into the house. And of course it’s nice to not run the stove from an energy perspective too. All that sun energy outside – might as well use it. We live in a pretty sunny climate. It gets cold here in the winter, but the sun shines most of the year, so we should be able to use it pretty much year-round. I think I’m going to try baking this chocolate cake recipe that I found at Choosing Voluntary Simplicity.
I like anything that fits into a sustainable, eco friendly lifestyle, and is also easy on the budget. Cooking with solar energy definitely fits the bill, although the frugal part of it will take a while to realize because you have to account for the initial price of the stove. Helps that we found ours on Craigslist – we never buy anything new if a “new to us” version can be found, and this was no exception.