by Tammy Taylor~
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I love my solar oven. I’ve said it time & time again, I hate to fire up my electric oven during the heat & humidity of our Texas summers. Not only does it cost fuel for the stove to operate, but boiling eggs adds even more heat inside our home. That requires our air conditioning to work overtime cooling it back down, therefore costing even more money.
Several years ago I bought a solar oven and I absolutely love it! What a great item in your Emergency Preparedness toolbox! Then at a Mother Earth News Fair I attended a few years ago, a solar-cooking seminar presenter told us how easy it was to cook ‘hard-boiled’ whole eggs in the solar oven without even using water. Color me intrigued!
Abbreviated instructions for those already familiar with cooking with a solar oven:
Cook 1 dozen room-temp eggs about 40-45 minutes.
If you want to read the step-by-step, continue reading!)
Free-Range Chickens Provide Healthy Eggs
We have a few free-range chickens here at the Homestead. They provide much-needed pest control around my garden, and of course the most delicious, nutritious eggs you ever tasted. And it’s said that free-range chicken’s eggs are lower in the bad stuff and higher in the good stuff than eggs from conventionally-raised hens.
So I always have boiled eggs in the fridge for RancherMan’s snacking pleasure. And sometimes, especially during those hot summer months, I include sliced boiled eggs with our supper when I’m trying to serve cooler foods.
Today I’m cooking a dozen hard-boiled eggs (without water) using my solar oven. They even cook right in the cardboard carton ! How cool! I just *may* be turning into a solar-cooking geek… LOL
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Solar Cooking In All Seasons
Since that solar-cooking seminar, I now typically cook my eggs outside in my solar oven! I even cook them outside in the winter months since the outside temperature doesn’t affect your use of a solar oven. All you need is enough sun to make a shadow.
The fewer clouds present and the higher the sun in the hemisphere, the hotter the oven will get. So when the sun is low during winter months it may take a few minutes longer. No matter, it’s still fun & easy to cook outside during all seasons.
But I especially like to use my * solar oven during the hot summer days to keep that heat & humidity out of the house.
How To Solar-Cook ‘Boiled’ Eggs
I keep a couple of cardboard egg cartons with the tops pulled off to use when cooking my eggs in the solar oven. (in a standard kitchen oven you’ll probably want to use a * silicone muffin tin placed on a cookie sheet. Oven-bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes)
So to get ready, I pulled out my trusty solar oven and set it up in the yard which gives the oven a chance to preheat. I’m planning on 40-45 minutes to bake them, depending upon how much sun we get and how well I’m able to track the sun. They won’t burn in my solar oven so I’m not too concerned about perfection in the cooking time.
(I’ve got a video below showing me removing the cooked eggs from the oven & testing to see if they’re fully cooked. Be sure to check it out!)
At the same time I brought my hen’s eggs out of the refrigerator, placed them in that topless cardboard egg carton and set them outside to warm up a bit.
My oven has a sun cube built right into the door so it’s easy to point the oven in the direction where it gets maximum sun exposure. Have I mentioned lately how much I love that thing??!!
When the eggs had been de-chilled about 30-45 minutes and the solar oven had preheated, it’s showtime!
Eggs Into The Solar Oven
I left the eggs right in their cardboard carton. After the 45-minute pre-heating time my oven had heated to about 335 degrees on this particular day. So I carefully placed the carton of eggs into the solar oven. My oven has a leveling rack so the contents on the rack stay level.
Then I closed the door of my solar oven, adjusted more directly toward the sun and went inside, setting my timer for 40 minutes.
About halfway through the cooking time I went out to check the oven temps. With me opening the door to place the eggs into the oven the temp inside the oven had dropped slightly. Using the sun cube as a guide, I once again adjusted the oven more directly toward sun and left it to finish cooking for the final 20 minutes.
The ‘Spin Test’ To Verify They’re Cooked
When the time was up I carefully removed one egg to test. The seminar presenter taught me that to test to see if an egg is fully cooked you can take out one egg and spin it. If it spins pretty smoothly, it’s done. If it wobbles about crazily, it’s still under-cooked and needs a little more time. But my eggs spun pretty smoothly so I knew they were done. But let’s crack one open to see, shall we?
Since my eggs were fully cooked I brought them inside and placed the eggs in ice water to cool. Then I put them in the refrigerator overnight to chill them thoroughly.
The next morning I pulled them out, peeled them and placed them in a covered container in the refrigerator. I like to have the eggs already peeled so RancherMan can grab & go. (It’s just a tiny gesture of love I offer for him). I find even with my super-fresh eggs, cooking in the solar oven seems to make them peel pretty easily. Sometimes I use the ole Jar-O-Water trick though…
So now between my chickens’ fast egg production and my solar oven making it so easy, there’s no reason for me not to have cooked eggs ready & waiting at all times!
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