There is a huge buzz in the solar cooking world these days revolving around the GoSun Sport solar cooker and the upcoming release of its big brother the GoSun Grill. I do not own a GoSun Sport. But I wanted to see what all of the hubbub was about, so I borrowed one from a friend.
Until recently, solar cookers for the most part fell into three categories — panel cookers, box ovens, and parabolic cookers. But now there is a new kid on the block – the evacuated tube cookers. The GoSun Sport falls into in this category. Although some solar cooking chefs have been experimenting with and using the evacuated tubes for quite a while, until just recently there were no commercial products on the market – at least none that I am aware of. GoSun changed all of that.
GoSun Sport Solar Cooker
What is it?
The GoSun Sport is a small glass evacuated tube cooker. As you can image, the glass tube is fragile and must be handled with care. Therefore, the tube is mounted inside of a metal cocoon. It is very easy to set up. Simply open up the metal cocoon and set it on a table. The open wings are perfectly designed parabolic reflectors. With the reflectors folded up, the tube is protected and the GoSun is easily portable from place to place.
Inside the tube is a metal tray for the food. This tray is long and narrow. One of the main issues with the GoSun is the size of that tray. Due to the size limitations of the tube itself, the tray must be small enough to fit inside. The tray will only hold enough, in most cases, to feed 2 people. But that small size is also the reason that the Gosun Sport is so portable.
How does it work?
The GoSun, as with all solar cookers, relies on the energy from the sun to heat up and cook. The GoSun reaches temperatures up to 550° F (290°C). This is a very hot temperature that cooks food much more quickly than a solar panel cooker or a solar oven. This cooker can bake, roast, or steam.
But How Well Does It Cook?
The question on my mind was “How well does it cook?” I had no doubts that it would cook as its proponents are quite vocal that it is an awesome cooker. But looking at the tray, I wondered what I could possibly cook in it. What would fit in that tray? I knew that others were using it quite successfully. But still, looking at that tray, the possibilities seemed limited.
So on the day that I borrowed the cooker. I made two recipes– Easy Apple Dessert and Cheese Ham Bread Sticks. The results were awesome. The food cooked quickly and was delicious. And I too became a GoSun advocate.
What You Need To Know About the GoSun
- The GoSun, just like all solar cookers, relies on the free energy from the sun to cook. Therefore, it must be kept focused into the sun. The better the sky, ie, no or few clouds, the hotter it will get and the faster it will cook.
- When solar cooking, food cut into smaller pieces generally cooks faster than larger pieces. This is perfect for the GoSun.
- The glass tube is fragile. Be sure to follow the recommended directions for care and cleaning.
- The tube heats quickly so there is no need to pre-heat. In fact, never put cold food or liquids into a pre-heated Gosun.
Should you buy a GoSun?
The GoSun is an impressive solar cooker, but at first look, the price point seems to be a little bit high. However, in comparison to other solar cookers on the market, the price is comparable. There are many electrical appliances in my kitchen that cost that much and more.
As with all solar cookers, before you decide which one to purchase, you need to take into consideration your own needs and requirements. So if there are just two of you, or if you need to save space in an RV or out camping, this might be a great choice for you. But if, you have a large family of hungry kids, this will probably not be the best choice for you.
As I said, I don’t own a GoSun Sport. I borrowed one. So my recipe library for this cooker is small. So if you have a GoSun, tells us what you made in it.
Thanks for solar cooking with Sunshine On My Shoulder.
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