Before you use the solar oven to cook anything, you have to boil a pan of water, just to clear it out. So I put a pan of water inside (left the pan lid off so I could watch it) and let it cook.
It took a while… probably because I kept lifting the lid to wipe away condensation… but eventually there was steam.
Lots of steam.
Now I’m free to learn how to cook using it, though I’m a little concerned about some condensation that’s between the two layers of glass in the lid. I’ve left the oven open today and I’m hoping it’ll sort itself out.
Meanwhile, I was able to drink two piping hot cups of coffee from the solar kettle. Again, it would’ve taken a shorter cooking time if I had’ve just left it alone to do its thing, but I kept taking the lid off to feel the water. I didn’t know how to tell if the water was boiling. I wondered and wondered… then when I was potting up some seedlings I heard a “pop!”
It seems that when the lid pops off then the water is boiling.
So what did the coffee taste like?
(Cue Mel Gibson’s voice from ‘Braveheart’.)