Solar Cooking

Solar cooking refers to using energy of direct sunlight to cook and heat food. The idea of using heat from sunlight has been around since the time of Archimedes of Syracuse in the Classical World. The sun provides us with an inexhaustible source of energy. Where the sun shines, you can solar cook. See the infographic below on how many hours you can use your solar cooker to cook at different locations around the world.

How SolSource works

Types of solar cookers

Since Horace-Bénédict de Saussure created the first solar oven in the Eighteenth Century, different solar cooker designs emerged. Today, there are three broad categories of solar cookers:  

  • Solar ovens / box ovens
  • Panel cooker
  • Vacuum tubes
  • Parabolic solar cooker

What can you cook?

You can pan fry, bake, boil, deep fry, grill and pressure cook. You can use the favorite recipes and regular cookware to cook the same dishes. 

Beyond cooking

Solar cookers, such as SolSource, has uses beyond cooking meals. The intense heat that a parabolic solar generates can be used to

  • Heat large volume of water for domestic use
  • Sterilise water through boiling
  • Preserve food through water-canning
  • Soften and bend tubing and other building materials

Watch Praxis Prepper combines SolSource with a pressure cooker to heat 4.5 gallons / 20.4 litres of water.