by Tammy Taylor
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Several months back I bought my very first solar oven – I’m in LOVE! I’ve used it to cook bread and dehydrate garden veggies, but today I’m going to use it to cook homemade marinara sauce. All the recipes I saw instructed you to cook your garden tomatoes for up to 3 hours to thicken the sauce – It’s hot & humid here in NE Texas and simmering a pan on the stove for that length of time didn’t appeal to me at all. Luckily I didn’t have to, the solar oven did a fantastic job and all the cooking heat was left outside where it belongs!
I harvested the available fresh garden tomatoes from my garden and brought them inside. I washed, cored & halved them and threw them in the freezer overnight to freeze them. Here’s ya a helpful hint – you don’t have to boil the tomatoes to skin them if you freeze them like I did. I simply pulled them out of the freezer and allowed them to semi-thaw and the skins slipped right off – again NO HEAT ADDED TO THE HOUSE! I allowed them to drain for a bit and I saved the tomato juice for other uses. Then I cut the tomatoes into chunks and added a couple of cloves of minced garlic, some crushed dehydrated oregano from my garden and since I didn’t have any onions left in the garden I used the ones I dehydrated from the garden earlier. I chopped up about 1/2 bell pepper & stirred it all together & placed in a black enameled pan and set it into my solar oven.
I left the oven’s glass lid unlatched to allow the moisture to escape and I adjusted the oven toward the sun about every hour to help it track the sun across the sky & it kept the temps inside to about 300 – 350 degrees.
By the end of the day I brought my homemade marinara inside, salted to taste and enjoyed it over multicolored pasta.
There’s enough sauce left over to enjoy it later in the week on my homemade meat-stuffed ravioli. I love my solar oven! For those asking me which one I bought, I bought this *Sun Oven
and I have nothing but good things to say about it – love it!
I enjoyed cooking up this delicious sauce without adding any heat in our living space. The sauce was delicious!
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