Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Solar cooker in use Maasai Mara via Afrigadget blog

Maasai using a solar cooker via Afrigadget blog

Solar cooker in use Maasai Mara

I didn’t believe it possible but I found this lady actually using a solar cooker in the Masai Mara!

Mama solar cooker

Mama solar cooker

Made only of cardboard and tin foil this cooker fold up into a neat little package. It apparently cooks potatoes and cabbage in just 1 hour!

She told me that she got it as part of a study - one solar cooker was given to every manyatta. She couldn’t rememer which organization was handing them out but she has adapted hers by putting her pot into a plastic bag which she says retains the heat better. She says she’ll continue using the solar cooker after the study and will even buy one at Ksh 1,000.

She still has a 3 stone wood fire to cook meat.

I wonder what happens to this device when it rains…does the cardboard become a sodden mess?

1 comment:

  1. This solar cooker is from the East Africa office of Solar cookers International. It is always used with a heat resistant plastic bag (oven turkey bag) and it cooks meat in two hours, rice in one hour and beans in about three hours. It can also be used to pasteurize water. Because the cookit is small light and can be folded into a small square and taken inside after use. It should never be left out in the rain. You can find plans to make your own cookit at the solar cooking archive wiki.


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