Day 8 – Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together

Am I dating myself with the title of this post? Does anyone else remember the Reese’s commercial with the two people walking down the street, one eating chocolate and the other eating peanut butter? They collide, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are born. The world just became a better place.

Fancy scientists with their fancy science words describe that phenomenon as synergy, where the product of an equation is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Or, as we regular folks like to say, 1+1=3. Synergy is all around us, from the combination of ingredients that form a delicious key lime pie to a simple jazz trio. It just so happens that this phenomenon applies to the life of our simple Cook as well.

The sun is just coming up, our Cook has before her the ingredients for the main meal of the day. A hearty beef soup and a big bowl of rice. She now knows about the dangers of cooking smoke, and she has committed to introducing change into the life of her family. A local microfinance institution has helped her afford a new clean cookstove, and along with it a solar oven. Whenever possible, Cook plans to use the free, non-polluting power of the sun to cook her meals.

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What we have here is the Solavore Sport. It is a simple, rugged solar oven with the ability to reach temperatures as high as 300 degrees F and the capacity to hold two 10″ pots. It requires little attention while cooking, and can be used for baking or pasteurizing water for safe drinking. The Sport excels at cooking foods which require medium temperatures, similar in many ways to a crock pot. Sports have been in circulation for over two decades across the globe, and have a solid reputation for being well-built and easy to use. Do you see what Cook just did? Synergy. By combining the solar oven with the rocket stove, she not only acquired two very useful kitchen appliances, but completely eliminated smoke from her kitchen, eased the burden of buying fuel, and guaranteed a healthier future for herself and her family. Synergy.

Remember how we spoke of cultural awareness? We have a plancha stove that was designed for the cook who needs a chimney and large integrated cooktop. We have the solar oven for the patient cook who needs to cook some of her foods at medium temperatures. We even a solar cooker for the chef who needs to turn up the heat a little!

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Meet the SolSource. Originally designed for cooks in the Himalayas, this parabolic reflector has as much raw cooking power as a household gas range and heats up 7x faster than a charcoal grill. Capable of boiling a liter of water in 10 minutes, it really packs a punch. It is transportable, and capable of holding a cooking pot weighing up to 40 lbs. There are almost no cooking styles outside it’s reach, from seared steaks and stir fried chicken to sauteed vegetables and baked bread. SolSource brings a new dimension of versatility to the solar cooking world.

Just like yesterday, I want to take another minute to thank Solavore and One Earth Designs for joining our team. Their cooperation has been priceless.

So, I’ve mentioned the word Pasqual about a thousand million times, but I have only hinted at what it really is. Want to know more? Come back tomorrow for the main course!

To be continued…

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One thought on “Day 8 – Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together”

  1. I would love to try the solar oven. Seems like a great way to cook in the sunny state of NM. We have plenty of natural resource in the sun.


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