Using your solar cooker in winter

By Beth Mylius
With about 4 hours of good sun from 10am to 2pm I put my Sun Oven out at 9.30 to start warming up and then put a casserole in at 10am. Every half hour I move it to follow the sun.

At the moment I have quinces and in 4 hours the quinces (using a very small amount of water) are pink and reasonably soft. They are edible at this stage. However the cooking process can continue in one of 3 ways. Keep the casserole to put out the next day for a further 4 hours, or transfer to the microwave for a few minutes to increase the softness or best of all put the casserole in a haybox so that all the warmth is used for a slow cook.

I bought the Sun Oven direct from, however they all come through the Australian distributor in WA


2 thoughts on “Using your solar cooker in winter

  1. Hi Beth. I would like to follow up on this idea. Where did you obtain your solar cooker? Did you make your own haybox?

  2. Hullo Veronique, I bought my Sun oven direct from together with utensils. You can also purchase direct from the supplier I made my haybox in a big basket with straw filled calico bags. Other people use polystyrene balls in stockings or wooleen jumpers. I am having a great time with the sun in the last couple of days cooking rhubarb in orange juice and split peas and eggplant stew. Today I have a vegie roast happening with the current temp at 375F or 130C. Beth

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