No Oven Necessary: 5 Foods to Cook in the Sun

When temperatures rise, save a little of your gas bill by cooking with solar power... literally

After I made my Sun S’mores the other week, I began to wonder about other things I could cook outside. Sun tea, naturally, was one idea, but I was also thinking about stuff like boiling water for pasta, or frying eggs. I’ve always heard there is a myth about how hot it needs to be to fry an egg in the sun — why not research it? Surprisingly, I came up with quite a few different things that can be cooked using the power of the sun. I’ve done a few, as you will see, and plan to try a few more soon. For example, with tomato season upon us, I think I might plan to try my hand at sun-dried tomatoes soon — made without the oven!

— TheNaptimeChef, Babble


Make Sun S'mores

S'mores can easily be made without a campfire on a bright sunny day. Engage your kids in a little science experiment and show them how to harness the power of the sun with aluminum foil.

Make Sun S'mores.


Sun Tea in a Jar

All it takes is warm direct sunlight to brew a delicious jar of fresh tea. Once it is brewed, pop it in the fridge to chill!

Make Sun Tea in a Jar.


Sun-Dried Tomatoes

As Todd and Diane of White on Rice show us, it is completely possible to make sun-dried tomatoes using the sun. Once you have your batch try making this delicious baked brie with sun-dried tomatoes and thyme.


Couscous (Yes, Really!)

Boiling water using the sun is more complicated, but these easy instructions show you how to make your own solar cooker using household products. Once you've got it up and running simply bring water to a boil, add the couscous, and remove it from the heat source. The couscous will cook in five minutes. Then you can use it to make one of these seven delicious couscous dishes.


Fried Eggs

Bill Nye the Science Guy actually set out to see whether or not it was possible to be so hot you can fry an egg on the sidewalk — just like the popular phrase. And guess what he found? If the temperatures are high enough it is possible to fry an egg! Once you've fried up your egg, place it on top of some bacon to make an awesome breakfast sandwich.



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