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Learn how to Cook with the Sun & Save

Look East early tomorrow morning and a cooking and a natural resource you might just take for granted will rise into view.  Are you comfortable with your knowledge of how to take advantage of this free resource?

Learning to cook with the sun has help me to be better prepared and baking outdoors has reduced our utility bills.  I invited Paul Munsen of Sun Ovens International to teach an online Workshop. Paul has devoted his life to sharing fundamental Sun Oven Cooking techniques with people all over the world and he has agreed to join me next Wednesday evening for a simple, very basic online workshop for hungry solar cooking newbies… 

A beginner’s guide to SUN OVENS

If you have a SUN OVEN you do not use often or if you are considering getting one and would like to lean more, we would like to invite you to join me and my special guest Paul Munsen.

Cooking with the sun is easier than most people realize but many people are intimidated by the thought and apprehensive about getting started. In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How a SUN OVEN works.
  • What you can cook, what kind of pots & pans work best. and
  • Why food cooked with the sun does not burn.
  • How much sunlight you need.
  • How to sun-bake a perfect loaf of bread.
  • Why a SUN OVEN is the most energy-efficient way to rehydrate your freeze-dried emergency preparedness foods.
  • How to use a SUN OVEN as a solar dryer or dehydrator.
  • How to cook if the utility grid goes down.
  • The difference between boiling and pasteurizing drinking water.
  • How to cook your dinner in the sun while you are at work.
  • How to hard boil freshly laid eggs which are easy to peel.
  • Ways to use a SUN OVEN that have nothing to do with cooking.
  • The economic, health, and environmental benefits of cooking with the sun.
  • How to quickly pay for a SUN OVEN by reducing your utility bills.

The workshop will last one hour with additional time for questions.

Title:          Beginner’s guide to SUN OVENS

Date:         Wednesday, March 28, 2018 

Time:         7 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, (8 p.m. MDT / 9 p.m. CDT / 10 p.m. EST)

Duration: 60 minutes plus Q&A

Cost:         There is no cost for this workshop, but advance registration is required.

Click Here to Register  


Product Lead Time Extended

As this is an unprecedented time for emergency preparedness, we will continually update our lead time status. The top of mind awareness for emergency preparedness has the industry experiencing astronomical demand. Orders are currently at a 7-10 day lead time. Due to the recent earthquakes we are anticipating up to 15-day lead times going forward for smaller orders; and that lead time could increase.

We understand there will be frustrated and worried customers and it is our job to advise of current expectations and alleviate concerns. If a customer does want to cancel, please know that the industry as a whole is experiencing this type of demand and re-ordering would may not be the best solution, as your order would be put at the end of the line.

Extreme Heat Safety Tips
Here are some tips on staying cool and safe during extreme heat:

Be familiar with your local weather forecast by visiting www.weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your phone

Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)

Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.

Drink plenty of water and limit intake of alcoholic beverages. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

7 Types of Gear for an Old School Survival Kit

Whether they were native people or the pioneers of a new frontier, our ancestors didn’t have access to the high-tech items we carry today for camping, hunting and wilderness emergencies. But whenever possible, they did carry a kit to help them survive. Today, bushcrafters, classic camping enthusiasts and living history re-enactors are building kits that would have been very familiar to our forebears, and these modern folks are often in for a pleasant surprise. Many of the items are both effective and fun to use. Here’s a look at the basic supplies for survival, with historically appropriate gear.

Waterproof tarp – This is for shelter roofing, and it is often a canvas tarp soaked with waterproofing oils or waxes. You can buy a tarp that’s ready-to-use, or make your own using an “oilcloth” recipe. Set the tarp up as a lean-to, and you’ll be sheltered from the elements.

1. Bedroll – The bedroll is an assortment of bedding for a warm night’s sleep. Wool blankets are a mainstay, and they’ll keep you warm even when wet. The bedroll and the tarp are typically the heaviest part of your kit, and the most important.

2. Cook kit – A metal pot with a bail handle will suffice for boiling water and preparing meals. A metal cup or mug makes a nice companion to it, as does a spoon.

3. Fire kit – You’ll need this for the obvious task of fire-starting. Choose from flint and steel, matches or some other historic method, plus a supply of dry tinder.

4. Tools – These are for work and repairs. A knife and some cordage will get you pretty far, and you can add an axe and saw for building your camp, cutting wood and splitting wood.

5. Candles – These are handy for lighting and fire-starting. Choose beeswax candles, as they burn for the longest time (when compared ounce-for-ounce with paraffin candles).

6. Food – For enjoyable nourishment, bring some old-school staple foods. Things like flour, cornmeal, salt pork, jerky, salt, sugar and lard can make great meals, providing you have some camp-cooking skills.

What would you put in your historic camping kit? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

Blizzard Emergency Tip

Add Extra Insulation to Your Windows and Doors

A blizzard does not just bring snow. A blizzard blows freezing cold winds right up to the exterior of your home. If your home is not well insulated, that freezing cold air will make its way into your living space. Reinforce window and door frames by filling in cracks with caulking, or if the entire window is a problem secure a piece of plastic in front of it. Use old towels rolled up as an additional barrier for the space at the bottom of doors that lead outside.