Habari… “Greetings”… in Kiswahili.
This week I took part in an informal hands-on Solar Cooking workshop sponsored by RUCOSUO. Two dozen members of a newly formed Terrat Woman’s Group, a community-based woman’s cooperative, took part in cooking, smelling and tasting food cooked by the sun.
This style of solar cooker is called a ‘panel cooker’. The reflectors work very well in equatorial regions when the sun is high overhead for much of the days. No glass is needed… just recycled cardboard, aluminum foil, white glue, tie wire and some sealing tape.
A drawback of this design is that it requires the use of store-bought oven-grade plastic cooking bags. While these specialized bags are reusable many times, they are not readily available in many locations.