Solar Cooking: Baked Potatoes

by Tammy Taylor

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I came across a great deal on potatoes recently and thought I’d use my solar oven to cook up some delicious baked potatoes.  In this case I was ultimately going to dehydrate most of the potatoes for future consumption but I read that you have to cook them before you can dehydrate them so I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone today.  Well folks it’s still hot enough in Texas in early October that it’s not exactly the best time to throw on your heat-producing oven and bake potatoes.  Enter my handy-dandy solar oven – MAN I love this thing!  (for those of you asking, I have a Sun Oven* solar oven.  I got the accessory kit so my solar oven’s been going almost every day for the past two weeks either cooking or dehydrating garden  produce.  Aaaaaanyway, here’s how I did it.

I Love My SOLAR OVEN! See how I cooked baked potatoes without adding any heat to my Texas kitchen. #TaylorMadeHomestead

First I washed and dried enough potatoes to fit snugly into a black enamel covered pan.  Then I used the sharp point of a knife to pierce each potato several times and stacked them into the pan. They all fit in quite nicely.

I Love My SOLAR OVEN! See how I cooked baked potatoes without adding any heat to my Texas kitchen. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now here’s the really hard part.  I put the pan into the solar oven, covered the pan, closed & latched the lid, pointed the reflectors at the sun and cooked them for about 3 hours.  How’s that for easy!??

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The temps inside the oven stayed about 300 – 350 for most of that time.  I  adjusted the reflectors about every hour to keep track of the sun, but a rule of thumb if you’re not going to be around to babysit the oven is to point the reflectors at the sun when you start your timing, and additionally rotate it about 30-degrees clockwise.  This gives you approximately 4 hours of average sun before you’ll need to realign the reflectors to keep the heat going.  Although you sacrifice some of the consistent heat inside the oven by using this averaging method, it’s often offset by the convenience of set it & forget it for 4 hours – you just need to add a little more cooking time to compensate for the lower temps.  EASY!

Anyway the potatoes were done to my liking after about 3 hours.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!  Of course we enjoyed baked potatoes with our supper that night but most of these potatoes went into the refrigerator to cool overnight to prepare them for dehydrating the next day.  I love to make them into dehydrated Hash Browns!

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23 thoughts on “Solar Cooking: Baked Potatoes

  1. Janet Vinyard

    What a great way to harness solar power! I understand that some undeveloped countries have been given sun ovens and are using them! Thanks for the inspiration! Blessings, Janet

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  2. Marjie@homeagainjiggetyjig.com/wp

    Stopping by from the Let’s Get Real Link Party. This is pretty spiffy. I live where we have 300 days of sunshine, so this oven could be amazing to use. (I clicked your link a couple of times! – hope that helps!!)

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      OMGosh Marjie – you should *so* take the leap. The solar oven is so much fun for me to use! ~TMH~

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  3. Jamie @ Medium Sized Family

    This is fascinating! I really should look into getting one of those ovens. How warm does it need to be outside for it to work?

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Outside temp isn’t very important at all Jamie – as long as the sun is shining the solar oven will heat up. I like to use it during low winds to keep the wind from damaging the reflectors but the most important thing is a sunny day with few or no clouds. I’ve baked bread in it during the chill of winter months. ~TMH~

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  4. Nikki

    I’m loving this! I’m in an area with 90+ degree summers and am looking into solar cooking to avoid heating up the kitchen. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I especially love using the solar oven when it’s hot outside. I can’t stand to add heat to the house when it’s so hot outside too. ~TMH~

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  8. Kathy

    I loved this – sounds amazing – will have to look for one of these! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday, Kathy

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Mel, I sure love mine. I know it will get a workout this winter as well – as long as the sun is out it’s ready to go! ~TMR~

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  9. Heather

    So very cool! I have wanted a solar oven for awhile now. But I literally had no clue you had to cook potatoes prior to dehydrating them. I finally got a dehydrator this year and am looking forward to trying potatoes now. 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’m really loving my solar oven Heather, and I’ve really had fun dehydrating all kinds of things this year that I had never attempted before. ~TMR~

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  10. Susie

    Great post. I just got a sun oven. It’s amazing the people who almost come to a stop to see what I have placed out in the yard. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Susie in northern NY

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Very cool Tessa, thanks. I really have had a blast with my solar oven this year and I look forward to using it even more! ~TMR~

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