All Season Solar Cooker
Disclaimer: I was provided with an All Season Solar Cooker to review; however, all opinions are my own.
The All Season Solar Cooker, I know you’ve seen it. Whether you are a seasoned solar chef, or if you are just starting to look at solar cookers, you have seen the small ad on Amazon for the All Season Solar Cooker (ASSC for short). It is the bright yellow, corrugated plastic panel cooker that seems like a cross between a Cook-It and a Transformer. Yes, you know the one. It uses two large bowls – one turned up on the other – as the heat trap. It is the one that supposedly adjusts to all angles and uses clothespins to keep it from sliding. Perhaps you were intrigued enough to click the ad. Perhaps you wondered how well it could really cook. After all, it is just a panel cooker with a couple of bowls on the inside. Well, I’ve been curious about this cooker for a long time and so I was quite excited to have an opportunity to review the newly designed ASSC 2.0
The All Season Solar Cooker was developed by Jim La Joie in San Diego, California, USA. It is designed to be a light weight, portable solar cooker. So when it arrived in the mail, the cooker was completely folded up and unassembled. The kit comes with the cooker and all of the hardware needed to put it together.
What was in the box?
When laid out, the ASSC looked like a giant origami bird. But it is really quite easy to put together. The wings and folds are all scored and easy to bend. Following the directions that come in the box, it took only a few minutes to fold it into cooking position. And the best part, is that it can easily be taken apart for storage.
But Does It Cook?
Yes, it cooks and cooks very well. To cook, you can either enclose your pot in the cooking bags or use something like the double bowl set up, which you will need to purchase separately. I used the Pyrex Prepware 4-Quart Rimmed Mixing Bowl. An 8inch pan will fit into the bowls. A trivet is included on which to set the bowls. This allows the sun rays to bounce off of the bottom reflector to heat up the bottom of the bowl. (Don’t forget to use the trivet!!) And remember too, the bowls will get very hot, so you will need to use pot holders to handle the bowl.
The front panel of the ASSC adjusts from 0° to 90° so that the front can easily be dropped as low as needed to capture the sun rays. The panel is held in place by two clothes pins (which are included),
As with all solar cookers, bright sunshine provides the fuel to heat and cook in the ASSC. To that end, the ASSC, and all other solar cookers, must be kept turned and focused into the sun. The ASSC provides a nice wooden sun dial on the top to help with that chore. Just look for the little shadow.
For its first test, I threw in a pan of brownies which pleased Mr. B that I was baking brownies. The brownies baked as expected in a solar cooker.
To read more about how well the All Season Solar Cooker cooked, please continue to Meatball Sub Casserole—>
Tell me your thoughts on this cooker. Do you have one? What have you cooked?
Disclosure: I was provide an ASSC to review, but the opinions are my own.