Well, seems like the elements were against me this weekend!
My plans were twofold: first, assemble and take the first steps toward getting my sun oven ready to cook. “Getting the oven ready” involves:
1) Peeling the film off
2) Setting the oven up in the sun
3) Allowing the oven to heat up for about 90 minutes, then giving it a thorough scrubbing
Secondly, I planned to cook something tasty!
Enter the clouds….
But I was able to get the first steps accomplished toward setup. The sun oven is very easy to remove from the box. The hard part is getting the film off that comes with it. It is placed on the reflectors as a protective measure, and the oven won’t do its job of reflecting until the film is peeled off. This turned into a major process. Not really difficult, but time-consuming. Turns out, though, that there wasn’t any need to be in a hurry because the sun was hiding most of the weekend!
The sun did finally come out, and I quickly ran outside with my oven and set it up. Unfortunately, with the sun came the wind. After going back into the house and hearing an ominous-sounding crash, I decided it would be best to just wait until a less windy day to do the initial heat-up. So back inside it came, and now I am waiting for a calmer day. Tuesday was not to be the day, however, as the winds, already high now, were expected to pick up even more in the afternoon, in anticipation of some thunder-booming. We got the winds, but no thunderstorms yet.
While waiting on the weather, I decided to do some canning. I made the mistake last year at Thanksgiving of buying way too many cranberries – because we like cranberries and I love making homemade cranberry sauce! There was no way we could eat them all, though, so they have been languishing in the freezer outside. I just realized recently that they were taking up a lot of space I could be using for foods we eat all the time, so I decided that my very first canning project would be cranberries!
So, my next post will be on canning cranberries, with the pressure method, not the water bath (hint: the pressure method is WAY easier!)
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