Hot Tea! Did you ever just simply want to know how to make a cup of hot tea in a solar oven? When planning our solar cooking menu, we generally focus on dinner or desserts. But sometimes all you really want is to just make a cup of hot tea in your solar oven. Then just kick back, relax, and enjoy the comfort of your tea.
Hot Tea in a Solar Oven
In reality, making a cup of hot tea in your solar oven is just as easy as heating water. In fact, it is just heating water – with that little extra something that makes it extra special to you.
I decided that I would love to have a cup of hot tea. Because my larger ovens were happily solar cooking dinner in the yard, I pulled out my little mini Copenhagen Solar Cooker. The mini is just like it’s larger counterpart, the Copenhagen Solar Cooker, only – you know – smaller. See my review of the Copenhagen here.
To make my cup of tea, I started with a small jar of cool water. You can use a black painted jar if you have it, but I didn’t so I just used the clear jar. You could also use a mug or small pot.
Remove the teabag from the wrapper and place it into the jar. Place the lid on the jar. When using a jar to cook, if it has a one piece lid, pierce a hole in the lid so that the jar doesn’t seal and create pressure. If using a two piece canning lid be sure to leave the lid loose. Do not tighten it down. I used a two piece lid. The lid helps hold in the heat.
The Copenhagen is a panel cooker with a parabolic shape. The independent panels can be adjusted to a multitude of angles to catch the best sun. As with other panel cookers, you need to enclose your cooking container or jar in a cooking bag or other type of heat trap. I used a clear plastic soda bottle with the end cut off to place over my jar. It worked perfectly.
Over the course of 2 hours, the tea gently seeped into the tea. Leaving it longer would have made a stronger tea. Using more tea bags would also have made a stronger tea, or would have shortened the time. This is just something that depends on your personal taste.
Thanks for solar cooking with me. I hope you enjoy your tea. How about making some cookies to go with your tea?