Solar Cooker Chicken 4/24/14

people often ask about using the solar oven so today i decided to document roasting a whole chicken.
first, i soaked the whole chicken  in a brine for 3-4 hrs (organic- Mary’s Farm, sold at Galleria. i prefer Mary’s whole chicken to her scrawny legs.).

i opened the oven to pre-heat at 10:30 am, leaving a brick in it to absorb the heat so the oven won't bake itself before i put the food in. It was sunny & 75 degrees outside with no wind.

i opened the oven to pre-heat at 10:30 am, leaving a brick in it to absorb the heat so the oven won’t bake itself before i put the food in. It was sunny & 75 degrees outside with no wind.

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ingredients: 3.5 lb chicken – rinsed zest 1 lemon 4 lemon sections 1 tsp coarse sea salt 4 garlic cloves rosemary, thyme, oregano from garden 1/4 c plain yogurt.

pound garlic, cut herbs, lemon, & salt

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add to yogurt; add zest.

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massage the yogurt mixture inside & outside chicken. (really hard to take photos with hands covered in yogurt)

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today i had sweet potatoes that needed to be cooked to i cut them in half, lengthwise, placed them in the BLACK, covered roasting pan.

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potatoes made a raft for chicken. (Black cookware absorbs the heat best). Total weight of food was 7 lbs, so i knew it would take longer to cook. Could have used two ovens – but why use another pan?

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by 11:15, oven was 300 degrees.

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i removed the brick, put in the chicken and re-positioned the oven to capture full sun.

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An hour later i repositioned the oven.

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Everything was thoroughly cooked and delicious by 2:30 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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