Solar Cooking Basics

Until you see a solar cooker in action, it is hard to appreciate its power and simplicity for saving lives and changing lives. Most solar cookers follow this basic principle: sunlight is converted to heat energy that is retained for cooking.

solar cooking.jpgFor a third of humanity, a hot meal means cooking over an open fire. Living on less than $1/day, a woman caring for her household often chooses between buying firewood or going without a hot meal.

Solar cookers, solar ovens, and solar grills cook and pasteurize water with free, zero-emission solar energy. So, women and children breathe cleaner air as their food is cooked. Released from the danger and drudgery of gathering wood, women and children have more time and money for continuing their education, preparing goods for market, caring for family members--or simply resting. When zero-emission, free solar energy replaces wood, charcoal, or fossil fuels for our cooking and water pasteurization needs, the planet remains a beautiful place to live--and stays cooler. 

Photo: C. Cross, January 2015

Learn to Solar Cook

You can become a solar cook, and Solar Cookers International offers a number of resources to get you started. Visit our store to learn about solar cookers, solar ovens, solar grills, and other devices. All purchases help support Solar Cookers International's mission to promote solar cooking worldwide. 

For a wealth of online resources about solar cooking, www.solarcooking.orgSolar Cookers International maintains this amazing, unique, comprehensive resource--the most complete resource of solar cooking in the world--so that everyone, everywhere, can learn how to cook with free solar energy.

To help people everywhere learn about solar cooking, Solar Cookers International developed Solar Cookers: How to Make, Use, and Enjoy. You can download your free copy of this 50-page guide using the form on this page. Expertise from educators, engineers, long-time solar cooks and promoters will give you the background you need to begin solar cooking. It includes basic solar cooking concepts, plans to make a solar cooker, recipes, and offers resources for teachers. To download your free copy, please complete the form on this page.

You Can Help SCI Make a Difference

Explore Solar Cookers International's website to learn the many ways you can support solar cooking around the world, with a gift, by volunteering, or by learning to solar cook yourself!

Support solar cooking with your gift today!