Frozen Dinners

Posted on September 11th, 2015

Frozen DinnersCooking frozen meals 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.

Car Cooking with Mini

Posted on March 23rd, 2015

car cookingThe Sunflair® MINI fits nicely on most dashboards. PARK the car with the windshield towards the sun, set the Sunlfair® MINI up on the dashboard, and start your meal! Please note: today’s cars use Low-E glass and/or tinting which hinder the passing of UV rays. Because of this, temperatures will be lower then if the SUNFLAIR® is out in direct sunlight. Temperatures of note: A pot on a stove never exceeds 212F/100C, and a simmer is 180-190F.

Warning: Cook Responsibly, “DO NOT COOK AND DRIVE!” The oven will block your view when driving.

First-Time User Shares Video

Posted on February 20th, 2015

Betsy of the US Southwest shared this video of the first time she used her oven and this sweet note.

“I used mine for the first time a couple days ago, as I am a science geek and wanted to experiment. The ambient outdoor temperature ranged from 49-80 during the time the oven was in use. It heated up quickly, and got tomato sauce and boneless pork chops bubbling within no time! I even submitted a video to Melinda. As I live in the southwest, and bake bread, etc., almost every day. This will be a savior in the summer to save electricity!”

Show us how you’re using your Sunflair!

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