Solar Cooking on the Dashboard of Your Car
Recently there was an article on CBSnews.com on how to stay cool in the Phoenix heat that included baking cookies on a car dashboard. And I saw this photo last week, posted by a friend on Facebook. It was a featured photo on the Facebook page “Your Reason to Laugh“. So of course I had to check it out. There were all kinds of comments, ranging from “It must be Texas — California — Arizona –Florida — Missouri –etc” to “I cooked biscuits — pot roast — eggs — apples — etc” to ” I wonder if this really works” and “Is this a joke?” Well we know that solar cooking is not a joke. I used to always comment that the dashboard of my car got hot enough to bake cookies. But I want to caution any of you who might contemplate baking cookies like this. I do not advocate baking cookies or other foods on the dashboard. There are many different plastics used on the inside of a car. The heat causes out-gassing from the plastic.
An article from Air Purifier News: that “New Car Smell” states “Vehicles’ interiors are a laboratory for out-gassing of toxic chemicals from upholstery, paint and plastics. When the air temperature inside a car is that hot, plastic and painted surfaces are much hotter, causing unhealthy VOC concentrations in newer cars.”
I love cookies. I love fresh, homemade, hot baked cookies. But I do not want the secret ingredient to be toxic chemicals from the inside of my car.