So this is my oldest son with his solar oven homework.
Take a pizza box and glue foil along the bottom and sides. Lay black construction paper in the bottom. Cut a top flap that is an inch smaller than the top of the pizza box. Glue foil to the top flap. Tape plastic wrap over the opening with masking tape. Be sure to tape all four edges.
Remember how a pizza box closes? The front flap you see actually opens for food to slide in and out of the oven. Tape a short piece of string to the top (about 12″) so that you can tape the other end of the string to a table or whatever the oven is sitting on so that you can hold the flap open at an angle while the food cooks.
Ok. So, do you see the s’mores in the box? They should have been topped with another graham cracker and wrapped with foil before putting in the oven according to his teacher, but this actually worked fine. You do need to leave them out most of the day tho.
The other thing about the s’mores in the box? My son can’t actually have those, not the marshmallow, the chocolate, nor the graham cracker. He also can’t have gluten, corn, oats, or many other things right now because he’s on what’s called an elimination diet. You remove all potential food allergens or irritants to allow the gut to reset and be happy. For six months now, his head and stomach have been in constant pain. Yes, even in the picture; he’s learned to hide it. No 10 yo should have to do that. (btw, his hair is long ’cause he grows it for locks of love. That and he likes long hair :).
When the pain is gone, or between 4 and 6 weeks if it doesn’t go away, we will start adding back in, one by one, all of the foods we’ve dropped so that we can determine which ones are problems. We did find out yesterday that there is a possibility they missed Crohns in the small bowel, but we’re also fairly sure he has food intolerances. Gluten is one (he was off for three weeks and then back on and was worse when he was back on; we went through this twice so it’s fairly clear. lactose is also a problem currently). There may be others, but right now all food irritates him so we’ve got to get his gut cleared up if possible.
Why am I telling you all of this? For one thing, it’s ’cause I know some of you have been kind enough to follow this blog or check in now and then to see what’s new and there hasn’t been anything. For another thing, I may well need to learn to bake again, without who knows what. Gluten, corn [think about it; it’s in everything (vanilla – corn based alcohol; confec sugar – corn starch; baking powder – corn starch (tho you can make your own w/o); even xanthum gum, used in a lot of gluten-free cooking, can be derived from corn)] , etc.
We will eventually get back to our around the world dinners and I’ll eventually bake again, but I won’t be posting to the blog regularly for a while. We may well end up eating a whole lot healthier after this and actually like it! 🙂 We shall see. But change, we must. My baby needs to be pain-free if at all possible.
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2 thoughts on “A Solar Oven and and Learning to Bake”
Here’s a fun science experiment: how long would it take to cook in the solar oven in the pacific northwest versus the desert southwest?
I wondered about that, too! Maybe we can coordinate that sometime 🙂