Solar cooked lentil stew

My wife has been taking a legume-based soup/stew with her to work. I’ve decided to cut costs by solar cooking dry legumes. Cooking beans and lentils in a solar cooker is my favorite way to cook legumes. Some people often mistakenly believe that legumes will not soften in a solar cooker. Not true. Some people also mistakenly believe that legumes never soften fully at 7,000 feet elevation. Not true either! While it’s possible to sauté in a solar oven, I didn’t have time until later in the evening. My wife did the sautéing and added the lentils and herbs and spices to suit her taste.

Lorna Sass interview: Part III

Nationally-known cookbook author and food writer Lorna Sass interviewed me on Feb. 21, 2010. See Part I, Part II, and Part III.

I’m wearing one of my handwoven tunics. In this third video, I display my solar cooker and talk about cooking times under various weather conditions. I also explains how my pressure cooker, in conjunction with my insulated box cooker, can be used to save energy even when the weather does not allow me to use her solar cooker. I also talk about writing my home canning book, The Natural Canning Resource Book.

Lorna Sass interview 2010: Part I

Nationally-known cookbook author and food writer Lorna Sass interviewed me on Feb. 21, 2010. See Part I, Part II, and Part III.

In the first video (above), I’m wearing one of my handwoven tunics. I explain what the word “permaculture” means. I list some of the cool season crops that grow well at high elevation. Then, I touch on the history of farming in Flagstaff. I also explain the importance of composting and talks about the challenges of large-scale composting. Finally, I discuss my sustainable living ethic and how this plays out in my daily life.

New Facebook page & Kindle edition for Wild Bread sourdough cookbook


I have created a Facebook page with the help of my printer. I’m publishing a Kindle version of the paper book very soon. Check back for details.

Making & canning peach jam safely

Lisa makes her own peach jam while demonstrating some of the basics of water bath canning in this four-minute video. Video is silent but includes some descriptive text. Lisa Rayner is the author of “The Natural Canning Resource Book – A guide to home canning with locally-grown sustainably-produced and fair-trade foods.” This video is not meant to be a complete lesson in home canning. Canning can be fun but it can also be dangerous if not done correctly. Please educate yourself properly about canning before attempting to can your own food.

The Natural Resource Canning Book Cover

Boiling pinto beans in a solar cooker

Yes, solar cookers really do get hot and cook food! My Sun Oven reaches 350°F easily. The boiling point at sea level is 212°F. The boiling point at 7,000 feet elevation is 199°F.

Sunny Side of Cooking Book Cover