Cruiser Anne Patterson makes solar ovens … And shares a recipe

Anne Patterson and the woman solar oven, in her ‘other galley’ (the ocean LADY foredeck)

Three years ago on ladies and Cruising blog, Anne Patterson of sv Sea Lady had written about cooking aboard having solar range.

Her experience with all the solar oven had been therefore favorable, that whenever the organization creating her oven went out of business, Anne decided to step up to help keep the solar oven in production.

As many cruisers have actually begun cooking with one of these ovens, we recently asked Anne to respond to some questions regarding cooking having solar oven, about her choice to produce the oven, and of course … for a few dishes.

This is actually the to begin a string on solar cooking aboard.

How did you become enthusiastic about solar cooking?

I became introduced to solar cooking by way of a fellow cruiser in Puerto Rico. John baked the most mouthwatering, nutritious, healthy wholegrain bread detailed with dried fresh fruit, peanuts, and pumpkin seeds. Moist, yet completely dense. And without even turning regarding range.

As frustrated cruising baker (hot galley, temperamental oven, extravagant use of propane), I became hooked within first bite.

Just how long are you using your solar oven aboard?

Anne’s carrot dessert, baked inside her solar range.

I’ve been making use of my solar range aboard Sea Lady for seven years now, and I also have solar oven at our summer time cottage in Connecticut.

Normally I solar cook 3-4 days a week.

Often it’s yummy and exotic, like my 2-layer carrot cake (I’m fully guaranteed an invitation to every birthday party in the anchorage), in other cases it is pantry rules like roasted garlic, organic long grain brown rice (that we cannot manage to cook successfully on stovetop), or steel cut oats for break fast.

So how exactly does a solar range work?

There are several forms of solar cookers including parabolic, vacuum pipe and field.

My solar range (Solavore Sport) is just a retained-heat box-type solar cooker, truly the only practical design for on-board usage. The container cooker is also probably the most versatile of solar cooker designs, meaning you are able to bake, simmer, roast, dehydrate and even pasteurize water. The Sport’s 1” surround insulation means you can cook even yet in passing clouds, and food stays warm through sunset.

how can a solar range work?

Exactly how did you learn to cook together with your solar range at the beginning?

Individuals are normally a bit intimidated once they first start solar cooking, poring over meals wondering just how to adopt. Within some tries, however, they frequently comment “it’s simply an oven!” (i.e. no recipe modification needed.)

Personally, once I had been getting started we considered it as crock pot and attempted the simple fundamentals: jerk chicken, rice & beans, etc.

Possibly the key things to keep in mind are:

  • Decrease the amount of water. Since the pots are lidded while the oven lid is closed tightly and you’re cooking at low conditions, there is no vapor escaping. Don’t add water at all to veggies, or to meats (unless incorporating wine for flavor!), and scale back on water (try 25% less) for rice and grains.
  • Get an early start. In most areas the sky is clearest into the mornings. This calls for behavior modification – tough for many people! – to start out dinner after morning meal, nevertheless the benefits are well beneficial, and in a short time it’s routine.
Why did you are taking over production for the solar oven and launch a new business?

The Sport had been designed by designers at 3M Corporation and distributed from Minneapolis, Minnesota by the non-profit “Solar Oven Community.” Over 20,000 Sport solar ovens had been offered from 2000-2012, at which point the founders felt a have to re-structure and halted production.

Imagine my dismay to hear from my aspiring solar cooking friends which they couldn’t choose the oven! Therefore I began working with the founders and in January 2015 we re-launched the company as Solavore, LLC.

Have you been still cruising?

just what Anne does while supper chefs in sun.

Positively! That was non-negotiable.

Our cruising is, like numerous in the Caribbean, 6-months on, 6-months off and never far from an airport or quick internet, but we are positively on hook.

One of your favorite solar cooking recipe?

Featuring the ubiquitous “calabaza” or green-skinned pumpkin found all over the Caribbean, this Sopa de Calabaza is definitely an elegant starter served by itself or even a primary program served having hearty whole grain bread plus green salad.

Sopa de Calabasa
Pumpkin Soup
Serves 8-10

Sopa de Calabasa
Pumpkin Soup
Serves 8-10

This soup is evocative regarding the Caribbean – colorful pumpkin, spicy ginger, plus an unexpected twist: coconut milk

[Note: Calabasa is called pumpkin into the Caribbean it is actually a lot more of a squash. Deep yellow-orange flesh having speckled dark green skin. Any pumpkin or squash can be utilized. Could be prepared each and every day ahead and refrigerated – better still!]


  • Peel 2 ½ lb. pumpkin. Scrape from seeds, cut in chunks. Place in Sport roasting cooking pot. Don’t include water.
  • Into the 2nd roasting cooking pot, destination 2 chopped carrots, 1 stalk celery chopped, 1 lg. sliced onion, 1 chopped green pepper, 1-2 T. grated fresh ginger, and a good pinch of crushed red pepper. (For the green pepper make use of the mild “Pimiento de Cocina”, long slender light green, if available).
  • Spot both pots within the solar oven and cook for 1 ½ to 3 hours or until tender.
  • Eliminate from oven and permit to cool enough to blend.
  • In little batches, blend pumpkin and liquid generated into the cooking, carrot/onion combination, and 1 c. sliced tomatoes, canned or fresh. Blend until smooth. Combine all in a large pot. If you prefer your soup slimmer you could add veggie broth at this point, around 1 c. (but keep in mind you’ll be adding coconut milk before serving, as well as the soup must certanly be reasonably dense and hearty.)
  • Add ½ t. thyme (more if fresh), sodium and pepper to taste.
  • Before serving, stir in 1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk. Temperature to provide.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley or fresh thyme.
  • Great served with cheese sticks, bread sticks or experienced toast.

Vegan/Vegetarian if made based on the above guidelines.
Carnivores may decide to stir in crumbled bacon following the blending phase.


sluggish Cooking (with a Solar Oven) on a Slow Boat, by Heather McCarthy

About Anne Patterson

Anne strolling Zoni Beach on Culebra, Puerto Rico, while dinner chefs aboard the ocean LADY.

Anne and the woman husband Ray Seiffert invest their winters into the Caribbean aboard their Peterson 44 and invest their summers inside their cottage on Griswold Island, Connecticut – where there is also a solar oven.

Her 12 months ’round task is residing her passion, at the helm of Solavore, LLC, promoting solar cooking both in the developed globe additionally the developing world.

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