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This weekend I had an “epic fail” (as the kids say) with my new solar cooker. I tried to make a simple dish, Arroz con Pollo (chicken with rice), but did not get past 100F. Why?
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The sun! As it turns out, Saturday morning and afternoon was the time mother nature chose to break its drought and be cloudy and rainy in Houston. I put the cooker out with reflectors at 10 am, and it was a little cloudy. As the morning went along, it would be sunny, then cloudy, finally turning to rain. I could see from the thermometer that the temperature did not go above 100F. In the end, I pulled the plug on the experiment around 2 pm when it started raining. So, lessons learned:

1) Trying something new is never a mistake, especially if it was about $7 in ingredients and 1 hour of time.

2) Never count on the weather to be your friend nor your forecaster to be right.

3) Always have a backup plan. On Saturday, that was buying ground chicken and making chili.

Of course, this will not be my last attempt at a solar meal. It is just one of many!

 

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