Hello world – this is not Chef Holly at the keyboard. It is Todd. Do not be alarmed.
Today, perhaps the last sunny Sunday of summer, Chef Holly and I undertook a spontaneous science experiment. Chef Holly wanted to brew some sun tea, but was concerned that it wasn’t hot enough out, so I suggested that we build a little solar oven. In all, it took us about three minutes. Piece of cake. Here’s what we did:
One cardboard box, aluminum foil, saran wrap, and an old litter box rim.
We poked a hole in the side of the box and inserted a kitchen thermometer. The ambient temperature was 74˚F… and I was completely shocked at how quickly it heated up. Within five minutes it was up to nearly 125˚F. We also took the temperature of the tea itself after about fifteen minutes of brewing, and it got up to 115˚F. Not too shabby, eh?
Anyway, it was a fun little project, and the tea turned out great. We won’t be roasting a chicken in it anytime soon, but we might keep it around and try to grow some small indoor herbs. As always – Go Science!