Solar cooking is a revolutionary form of food preparation that uses sun ovens to make food for any occasion. You can use them for something as simple as cooking hot dogs all the way up for an event as labor-intensive as a Thanksgiving feast.
Don't believe us? In this post we will discuss how to cook a turkey with a solar oven along with traditional Thanksgiving sides. We will even throw in a recipe for solar-cooked mulled wine. Scroll down to learn more.
Cooking a Turkey in a Solar Oven
The cornerstone of any Thanksgiving meal is a delicious turkey. Cooking one, however, takes hours in an oven. Those with little familiarity with solar cookers could easily assume they don't have the ability to properly prepare the bird.
But solar cooking a turkey is no different than cooking it the conventional way. While you cannot cook the entire turkey at once in the GoSun's solar vaccum tube, the cooking tray of the Fusion can hold enough cut-up turkey to feed six.
According to Merry Bevill, cooking turkey breast is very similar to cooking int the kitchen oven. She adds:
Baking a turkey breast is really the same as baking it in your oven. Except it will be moister. It won’t dry out like it does when cooked in the oven...The time it takes to cook in a solar oven will depend on many things, including the type of food, the weather, and how hot the oven temperature gets.
Side Dishes for your Solar Thanksgiving
Solar Savory Stuffing
Kick off your Thanksgiving with this savory, delicious solar stuffing! Our friends at Glenergy have shared a recipe that's fun, easy and guaranteed to satisfy. Just prepare, solar cook, and enjoy with friends!
Yield: 4-6 Servings
PrepTime: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes on a sunny day
This recipe tastes like it was made for your solar cooker. Enjoy this Thanksgiving class with this simple-to-make recipe.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Curried Sweet Potatoes with Sausage
A modern twist on traditional yams that unites the incredible spices of India with the taste palette of America. If you’re feeling adventurous, mix it up with a variety of flavored sausages.
Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Green Bean Casserole
This traditional American classic is a fantastically easy recipe for the GoSun Grill.
Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Dessert: Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is in the solar cooker is awesome, a perfect way to top off your Thanksgiving feast.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: Varies depending on how drunk you want to get