The CooKit is a lightweight, panel-style solar cooker. Convenient for home, camping and emergencies, it folds flat to 13"x13"x2". Made of cardboard and foil. Reaches hot, oven like temperatures in the mid - 200ºFs. Comes with two high-temperature cooking bags, required for cooking. Best when used with a dark or black, covered pot (not included but some examples are sold in sidebar) . The Pot becomes the oven and retains heat.
Sample Easy Pot Roast Recipe (from book sold in sidebar):
1.) Distribute evenly over the bottom of a large oiled dark colored pot (like camping mess kits sold in sidebar):
8 Small Yukon Gold Potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled, quartered.
2.) Place on top of potatoes:
2 to 3 pound piece of chuck-eye, top round or other beef roast
3.) Sprinkle over the meat and potatoes:
1 ounce (1 packet) dried Onion Soup Mix
2 tablespoons of Italian Seasoning
4.) Cover and place in the solar cooker for 6 hours or until a probe thermometer inserted into the center of the roast reaches 145 degrees.
* Most Recipes in book feed 4 to 6 people
* Cooks Meats, Vegetables, Grains, Breads, etc.
* Pasteurizes water - make it safe to drink (see WAPI sidebar)
* Safe for Kids - no fire, no smoke
* Nutritious Slow Cooker
* Great For :
- Emergency Preparedness Kits
- Daily Use in Sunny, Warm Months
- Can also be used as an emergency reflective signaling device
Shipping weight is 2.5 lbs. But the panels themselves are only 1.5 lbs and can be folded to a 12" x 13" X 1" rectangle to fit into most backpacks
Using Solar can serve as a primary cook source or as a supplement to other stoves you have on your trip. Uses no fossil fuels, only the energy of the sun.
Serves Double Duty --- You can use it as a Backup Emergency Reflective Signaling Device to signal for rescue.
Cheaper than most full Metal solar ovens and nearly as durable.
These are also used successfully in 3rd World Countries to reduce wood and fuel consumption, yet provide safe cooked food. See more here: