Tailgating Tip

Posted on February 3rd, 2016

beanbagSuper Bowl, Woohoo! Tailgating Cornhole Bags can be used as hand warmers. Place bag/s in the roaster or between the black metal trays in the Sunflair® Solar Oven. Once warm/hot, the bags can be put in pockets to keep hands cozy for a good 40-60min.


Posted on February 3rd, 2016

Sunflair in CambodiaThis sweet family is special in our hearts. They are in Cambodia and they call their SUNFLAIR® MINI Solar Oven their “Little Kitchen.” A portion of proceeds go towards helping others, which also helps us all in reducing carbon emissions on our awesome planet.

Frozen Dinners

Posted on September 11th, 2015

Solar Oven Frozen DinnersCooking solar oven frozen dinners is super easy. Just preheat oven, put the unopened meal/s on a tray and racks in the oven.  Go do fun things. Cook until hot. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the meal. Don’t puncture or open packaging. This releases the energy and may cause the inside of the Sunflair® cover to steam up and block the UV rays from entering the cooking chamber. Approximate cooking times: Turkey dinner: 30-40 min. Rice Bowl: 20-30 min. Single serving lasagna: 30-40 min. Burritos: 15-25min.

Solar Cooking & Science with Carla Ramsdell

Posted on May 24th, 2015
carla_ramsdell_300A big shout out to a dynamic and engaging educator (and solar cooking enthusiast) Carla Ramsdell! Carla is on the faculty at Appalachian State University in the Physics and Astronomy Department, where she teaches engineering and physics. Last year she received the Faculty Award for Excellence in General Education teaching from University College at Appalachian State University. The award recognizes innovative and committed teaching in the General Education Program.

Her days are full, between teaching at the university and community outreach. Carla is not only passionate about sciences, but a strong advocate of environmental sustainability, and with an Italian heritage and the love of delicious food … what do you get? Solar cooking!   
Carla is also very involved with K thru 12 schools, as well as the life-long learners of all ages. She gives hands on solar cooking demonstrations with a pinch physics and a sprinkle of science. She relates what the students are Carla holding ovenstudying to their everyday lives. She also gives public seminars on energy awareness in the kitchen called, “Know Watts Cooking: The Physics of Energy Efficient Cooking.” In addition, she coordinates NC Gravity Games and STEM (Science Tech Engineering and Math) at Appalachian State University, and much, much more!

An example of one ofher fun and full days of outreach was shared with us, a group of life-long-learn s and then a group of 6th graders, all in one day.

Learning is not only fun with Carla, but smells delicious!

Quick List of Items for Emergency Kit

Posted on April 25th, 2015

earthquake damageIn light of the recent quake in Nepal, here’s a quick list of items for a home emergency kit:

72-hour supply of non-perishable food
can opener
solar oven
72-hour supply of water (1 gallon per person per day)
water-pasteurization indicator
first-aid kit
emergency light
emergency radio
solar cell phone charger
dust masks
pocket knife
duct tape
work gloves
toilet paper
basic tool kit

…and don’t forget medications, pet food, or any other special needs you may have.

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