Sunday, January 25, 2015

Biscuits from a package.

The brand name packages are plastic and thicker. The store brand was coated paper. Remember, I only buy what I'm going to use in a year's time. All of these products have fats in them and will deteriorate over time. I don't like to use these much past their expiration dates, they taste off.

These biscuits are not as fluffy as those made in a 425F oven. When you put biscuits in a HOT oven the steam, along with the baking powder makes them "POP." These are good eaten to sop up soup. Mmmmmmmmmm 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Red Lentils and Carrot Soup - from food storage or fresh.

Red Lentil and Carrot soup - made from food storage!
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils, rinsed until water runs clear (split peas, yellow lentils...)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped or dried
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or dried
  • 4 carrots, peeled, chopped (canned or fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp dried ginger
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth or bullion)
  • dried or fresh lemon (I dry orange and lemon slices when our citrus trees are heavy)

I used fresh carrots but you can see I have canned pictured. Notice the pumpkin shown. That could be substituted for the carrots as well- use what you have.

(My chickens love the carrot peels!)
Lentils and Carrots - Raw

Raw ingredients all in the pot.

New-to-me Sun Oven (Older model - got it for a steal on Ebay $169. If it was ever used, I couldn't tell.) Notice my shadow off to one side - Misaligned.

Solar oven straightened so its shadow is 90 degrees to the box. - Correct

Cooking - Oven tipped forward as far as it will go but it's December and the sun is low. My pot is tipped inside too. The pot is too large to fit with the swinging tray.

Temp just over 100F - 10 min after closing at 10AM

250F at 11AM

300F at 12 Noon

Notice how my oven has migrated - rotated clockwise. I turned it twice in the 3 hours of cooking, at 11 and 12.

Taken out of the oven at 1 PM - boiling around the edges (tiny bubbles breaking the surface - lentils look plumped and soft)

Stirred with a whisk - some carrot chunks still present. I don't mind but you could blend if desired.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm  - comfort food

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Please continue below to the solar oven cooking...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Solar oven beans.

Pre-soaked my beans (left), onion, garlic and celery seed (front), dehydrated red peppers (back), smoked pork shanks (right)

Combine and Solar cook, cook, cook...

Make your own Laundry soap for pennies!

Get these at Walmart for $2-$3 ea. in the laundry aisle.

Note the Arm and Hammer is NOT baking Soda but Washing Soda. Grate the Fels Naptha Soap Bar.


Label and provide the husband with only a plastic teaspoon. This helps enforce the 2 Tablespoon directions.You should see how mine can heap that spoon!

I have been using it now for more than 6 months and just now finished my first Crisco container worth of the stuff. I have three containers the same size made form the three ingredients shown. So, Let's see $6 for three containers X 6mos = 1.5 yrs. We probably do 3-4 loads a week including linens. We have the grand babies at times too and it gets out their yard dirt and food stains!
Love it and I use it in my front loader without problems. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Solar oven - pantry meal / Cranberry Orange Chicken

This recipe comes from my mother. I love the tang and the sweet/sour effect of the cranberry sauce and orange marmalade. I also put in Rosemary and a bullion cube. It all comes from (or can come from) the pantry.  I mix enough "sauce" to cover my chicken pieces.

Candycane beets and Turnips (you can use potatoes, carrots, squash...)

Ready to go out.

Cooked all day in the Solar oven...

Mmmmmmmmmmm carmelized! The rosemary looks sad though.

I thickened the sauce with a flour slurry but you could eat it without. Mash the veggies (have used carrots or any other root veggie or squash - I must try acorn squash!) and serve the sauce over them. I just pile the chicken on top.You could just serve it over instant rice or instant mashed potatoes or better yet, cornbread. I must be hungry.