Tag Archives: Solar Cooking

Preserving The Harvest: Garden Jalapenos

by Tammy Taylor

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I’ve been using my solar oven pretty heavily this year and I’ve finally dehydrated all my excess garden tomatoes for the summer.  (again for those of you asking, I have a * Sun Oven solar oven and I love it!)  I’ll use the dehydrated tomatoes in numerous ways – to make tomato paste for homemade pizza and to thicken my homemade blender salsa, among other ways.  This late into summer is usually so very hot and dry that the garden stops producing and I just try to keep the garden watered enough to struggle it along in hopes of getting some kind of tiny fall garden production.  This time of year 99% of my garden is out of production but we do have one last veggie going strong – FIERY-RED JALAPENOS!

I'll Use Dehydrated Jalapenos For A Little Home-Grown SIZZLE In Our Food. #TaylorMadeHomestead
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Solar Cooking: Homemade Marinara Sauce

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 love solar cooking, it keeps that cooking heat & humidity out of the kitchen. Today I'm making homemade marinara sauce using NO EXTRA ENERGY! #TaylorMadeHomestead
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Solar Cooking: Dehydrating Garden Produce

by Tammy Taylor
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I love my solar oven and I use it often.  I love that it takes no purchased energy to run and most of all that it leaves all the cooking heat outside where it belongs.  I recently began dehydrating overage veggies from my garden.  I freeze them as well from time to time but dehydrating them looks pretty cool in my pantry.  It also reduces the volume to store by quite a  bit and it works well for use in wintertime Endless Soups – my favorite application.

I decided to try to use my electric dehydrator trays to dehydrate in my solar oven – BIG MISTAKE!  Although I left the solar oven’s lid unlatched so it wouldn’t get too hot inside the oven, it apparently doesn’t take very much heat at all to do this:

Solar dehydration failure - don't use your dehydrator rack in the solar oven! LOL #TaylorMadeHomestead
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Preserving The Harvest: Jujube Fruit

by Tammy Taylor

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I recently wrote about stumbling upon an overgrown orchard at an old homestead property we obtained.  The extension agent and master naturalists identified the trees as Jujube, the fruit is also known as Japanese Dates.  I read that the fruit can be dehydrated and used in the place of raisins.  This really appeals to me as I’d love to replace something I purchase with something I preserve myself.  I experimented with several methods of preserving this sweet fruit.

When Wondering What This Mysterious Fruit From An Abandoned Homestead, The Extension Agents ID'd As Jujube #TaylorMadeHomestead
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Solar Cooking: BBQ Pork Sandwiches

by Tammy Taylor

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The weatherman forecasts yet more triple digit temperatures all week for our part of Northeast Texas.  So I’ll be cooking outside whenever possible to keep that cooking heat outside and not in my kitchen.  I love my solar oven and I use it often, both in the summer and winter seasons.  (for those of you asking, I have a Sun Oven brand solar oven and I LOVE IT!)  I love BBQ pork sandwiches in the summertime.  Today seems like the perfect day to indulge!

I use my solar oven often especially when it's hot outside - it keeps cooking heat outside where it belongs! Today I'm cooking BBQ pork #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Summer Cooking – Keeping Your Cool In The Kitchen!

by Tammy Taylor

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Living in the hot and humid environment of North Texas, keeping our home cool in the summertime is an expensive endeavor.  The AC really really has to work overtime!  In the heat of summer we often opt for cooler summertime menu options.  But cooking still needs to be done.  To keep the house more comfortable and to keep our utility bills low I’ve learned a few tricks to cooking without adding unnecessary strain to our AC system or our budget during the summer heat.

Summer Cooking - Keep Your COOL In The Kitchen Using These Tips! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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SOLAR COOKING: Making Bread Outside

by Tammy Taylor

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As I rose early one morning and glanced out the window at yet another beautiful Taylor-Made sunrise, I wondered if the day would be good to bake bread outside.  The clouds are beginning to burn off and a quick check of the forecast shows that the weatherman promises lots of sun and low wind.  Of course in a solar oven you need the sun to bake bread, but wind can wreak havoc with the reflectors.  I decided to go for it!

SOLAR COOKING: Making Bread OUTSIDE! I use my solar oven to bake my bread. No purchased fuel to bake this delicious bread - gotta love it! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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