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April 25th, 2013

Sun Oven Chronicles Day One

So many of you know that last Summer I’m dedicated myself to learning how to use my Sun Oven. I’ll be sharing with you every detail I learned along the way-in a more journal entry sort of way. So…here it goes…

Sun Oven Cooking Day One: “Boiling” Eggs

Well I figured I would start easy.  After all, Paul Munsen described “boiling” eggs so easy-just throw (gently) the eggs in a pre-heated oven and let them cook for 30-35 minutes.  So, that’s what I did.  I pre-heated the oven in a sunny spot and put six eggs in an egg carton and walked away for 30-35 minutes. WHOOPS!  Well, when I went back to pull the eggs out the Sun Oven was in the shade (thanks to the house’s shadow).  The eggs still spun like boiled eggs but when I cracked it open, the top was soft boiled and the bottom was hard boiled.  So unless you like slime eggs- it wasn’t like how I pictured or like to eat my eggs.  HOWEVER, don’t forget that I didn’t notice that my sun oven went into the shade which was a big part of the problem.


  1. Put your Sun Oven in a place where it ALWAYS gets sun then you don’t have to worry about it going in the shade.  Find the place at your house that ALWAYS has sun.  Let’s say it together one more time…find the place that ALWAYS has sun!
  2. Start with just one egg or little amounts until you know how everything works.

TRY #2

So then I put the Sun Oven where the sun ALWAYS is and tried putting an egg timer and an egg in the Sun Oven to see if that would help me know when the eggs are done.  After only about 10-15 minutes the egg timer showed the it was done.  So I brought the egg in and I broke it open-thankfully over the sink.  It was NOT done!  After thinking about it more, my egg timer was dark and probably absorbed more of the heat from the sun.  So now, that idea is out.


  1. Egg timers don’t work.

TRY #3

So this may be embarrassing to admit it took me three times-but we’re all friends right? So this time, I just listened to what Paul said….30-35 minutes in a preheated oven. And…IT WORKED!!


  1. It’s okay to experiment-everything gives results and now we know a lot of things.  If you want to learn more…keep following me this summer!
  2. It always helps to actually follow the directions! 😉



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  • Crcjuett

    June 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    just want to know how the yolks looked when they were done? yellow or did they have a green  outer layer on the yolk? also is there a “code” for buying a sun oven? (I know I am a little slow at making the decision to purchase)

  • Jessica Gilson

    June 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I’m anxious to try it again – I’m still working on eating the 12 I did last time!  Walmart has eggs for less than $1 a dozen so I’ve been sticking an entire carton of 12 in at a time – I still have yet to pull them out perfect – I usually crack one and find that it isn’t quite done and stick the rest in boiling water for a little while.  I did, however, bake 4 loaves of PERFECT bread in my sun oven yesterday!

  • Ssphilb

    June 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Bravo Crystal! You gave me the courage to try a pressure cooker.  I so appreciate that you are sharing the “ooops” as well as the “yays” of sun oven cooking.

  • Phyllis

    June 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Place a piece of Scotch Tape down the side ( top to bottom) of a Pint or Quart Canning Jar.
     Spray Paint the Jar  & its lid with black heat proof paint.
     Remove the tape.
     Now you can see what is in the jar.
    You can use this Jar to Hard Cook your eggs while you cook your potatoes in the pan for potato salad in your Sun Oven. (also use no water for the eggs or potatoes)
    The eggs will take less time than the potatoes.
     Beware ~ The jar will be very hot!

  • Wendyeldredge

    August 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I want to learn to cook the dried beans I have in my food storage in my sun oven.  I’ve tried it once, using a recipe that called for canned beans but I used dried beans instead and increased the water.  It was terrible.  The beans were tough as all get-out!  I then learned you aren’t supposed to add salt until after the beans are cooked  – maybe that’s what did me in.  When I saw your sun oven posts I wondered if you know how to cook dried beans in the sun oven? 

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