There are several things you want to watch with a Solar Cooker to prevent foodborne illnesses.
- Get a good thermometer to measure the temperature in your oven.
- When cooking meat, fish or poultry use an accurate probe thermometer place in the center of the meat (not touching bone) to be sure it has reach a safe internal temperature.
- Beef, veal, and lamp need to reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Pork and ground beef needs to reach an internal temperature of 160 Degrees. Poultry needs to reach 165 degrees.
- The danger zone at which the growth and multiplication of pathogens can occur is between 40 to 140 degrees according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s food safety guidelines.
- Foods should not remain in the danger zone for more than a couple of hours.
- If the sun is hidden behind clouds or it is getting late you may need to go to an alternate method of cooking to finish.
- In a bright sunny day, mine seems to maintain a oven temperature of around 225 degrees. This is with a homemade oven manufactured from cardboard boxes. The manufactured ones will keep a higher heat.
- The wind can cool a solar oven. If it is windy, build a windbreak.
- On cooler days cut the pieces smaller.
- You can use a solar oven to bring food to a boil and then transfer it into a Wonder Oven.
Have fun with your solar cooker.