What’s the most unusual way you’ve cooked dinner? I’ve got a couple of unique ways to share with you below that don’t involve electricity.
We recently tested out cooking a few different items in our popular solar kettle. Watch this video, and see how we cook chicken, made tea, and tested out the overall durability of our Sun Kettle, all by only using the power of the sun:
There are two secrets behind the power of the Sun Kettle:
The evacuated tempered glass tube lets heat from the sun in… but won’t let it out. It’s so efficient that you can touch the outside of the tube when it’s at full temperature and not get burned. So it’s completely safe to use around kids.
The Sun Kettle has sides that open to reveal two parabolic mirrors that harvest every square inch of light they can muster and focus it on the evacuated glass tube, so even in cold weather… as long as you have sun… boiling water is a snap.
And the greatest part is, you don’t need any fuel or flames to use it.
I also had a chat with my good friend, Orrin Knutson, and he shared an interesting story about how his family has cooked food during a long drive. Take a look below to hear Orrin share his technique for muffler meat cooking.
Muffler meat cooking
Thanks, Frank. Muffler meat cooking is not “Stone Age Cooking” by any stretch of the imagination. You’ve got to have a car, truck, RV, ATV or other motorized vehicle and a road trip to take.
All you need is a lot of aluminum foil and some bailing wire to muffler cook delicious meals. Quick trail lunches like hotdogs, burgers, fried chicken and other single or two-person short-order meals can be cooked during any two- to four-hour back country ATV adventure.
Our dad almost always packed a beef, pork, whole chicken or wild game roast, a batch of spuds and some veggies in layers of foil. He used bailing wire to securely lash the packages against the engine block and exhaust pipe of his 1950 Packard sedan (our trusted hunting wagon) just before we left the ranch.
When we were driving from Stanton, California to our favorite hunting and fishing areas in the High Sierra of the northern part of the state (about a four to 10-hour drive, depending on where we were headed), Pa would stop about halfway there.
He would open the huge hood of the Packard and turn the meat package over. He would move the potatoes and vegetables farther away from the intense motor heat to keep them warm while stopping the cooking process.
When we finally pitched camp somewhere remote, usually long after dark, our “muffler meat dinner” was hot and ready to eat, cooked to perfection. Here is how it is done:
Triple to six-layer foil wrap everything you intend to muffler cook in your car, truck or RV engine compartment. You must use multiple layers to seal out all motor fumes and smells.
Figure about 1.5 hours drive time per pound of meat or other foods you are cooking, such as baked potatoes, veggies, etc. The smaller the package, the less time needed to cook whatever it is you have on the “grill” (pun intended).
Move veggie and potato packages away from the exhaust after two to three hours driving time, but leave them secured somewhere in the hot motor compartment to remain warm.
If dinner is not completely done when you reach your destination, you can build a campfire and finish cooking in short order.
Relax around the fire and enjoy your marvelous “Muffler Meat” dinner.
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