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Hey guys my name is Katie and my dad let me use the sun oven for a while. I have learned so many cool facts about solar baking. I would like to tell you what I learned. Well first of all if you are new to the word solar, I will tell you what it means. Solar pretty much means something that is powered by the suns light or heat.

Did you know that the first method of cooking on earth was solar? The first know person to build a box to solar cook food was Horace de Saussure, a Swiss naturalist. In the year eighteen ninety four, located in china was a restaurant that solar cooked food. Solar cookers we see today started to evolve around the nineteen fifties.

Solar cookers are much better for the environment. When we use them we are not using up any natural resources. Examples of natural resources are wood and oil. Solar power is a source of renewable energy. Renewable energy is energy that dosen't get used up. For example solar, wind, water (hydroelectricity), is all types of renewable energy.

Did you know that in some places in the world they use dung or otherwise known to us as poop for cooking fuel! Isn’t that gross or what. I wonder when they cook their food over poop wouldn’t it smell bad? I don’t know but I don’t really want to find out. But if they use a solar oven they could use the dung or poop as a fertilizer, to help plants grow. Then they could harvest the plants and cook them in the solar oven!

Burning fossil fuels releases a wide range of pollutants. These pollutants can badly affect you, me, and our home, the earth. Solar cookers do not burn any of these harmful fuels. Did you know that in Africa one billion pounds of wood are burned each day? An area the size of Wisconsin is burned each year there. I was really shocked when I heard that. I feel bad that all those trees are being cut down. Hey I just thought when they burn all that wood, wouldn’t the smoke release some pollutants into the air? Did you know that fifty percent of the rainforests are being cut down are just for cooking fuel? So what I am really trying to say is solar cook your food and make the earth a better place. Now I want to tell my story when I tried to solar bake!

Solar Baking Apple cake!!!!

Well it is a very sunny day and I feel like making apple cake. I am going outside now to pick some apples from our trees. Did you know that they are homegrown and organic? No chemicals or pesticides! The recipe says the oven has to be 350 degrees but the sun has heated my oven to about 300. Some people might think it will take longer but who knows. I am experimenting.  OK, I am putting it in and setting the timer for 40 minutes...

I open the oven and a wonderful smell fills the air. Well look at that it took just how long the recipe said it would at only 300 degrees! That’s cool!  Wow, it tastes great and fresh. I think a lot of things taste better solar cooked!  Hey I think I will give you the recipe, it is pretty easy!

Apple Cake

1 ½ cup of flour
½ teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sugar
½ cup oil
½ cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups chopped and peeled apples

Set oven to 350 degrees. Yeah right!

Sift dry ingredients. Mix remaining ingredients into large bowl. Stir till gooey. Pour into 9 by 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.

Katie Gibson is a seventh grader at BH-BL, O’Rourke Middle School. She likes to read, write, draw, swim, dive and cook.

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