Outside Cooking: Solar Slow Cooker

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Forget the grill and the campfire and those little foil packets buried next to the coals. Go directly to the source and cook by the heat of the sun with a solar cooker!

We've been reading up on solar cookers, which use concentrated solar heat to cook food. These usually take the form of an enclosed box oven or a large dish or surface that collects and concentrates heat on the baking dish. You can see video of how these work at this Solar Slow Cooker site, which encourages you to unplug your CrockPot, take it outside, and plunk it in the middle of one of their concentrating solar cookers.

Solar cookers have been used in many countries where fuel resources are low or where war and unrest make cooking by more traditional methods difficult. They have also been used for water pasteurization in remote areas.

We like the idea of using one, especially for camping or an extended cabin stay. Have you ever used a solar cooker?

(Photo credit: Solar Cooking.org)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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