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The Ethiopians and Eritreans use a clay griddle for preparing their ''ingera''. This type of griddle is not conductive enough to allow it to be heated hot enough and evenly enough by most solar cookers. We have received two reports of the use of cast iron griddles made in China. These worked much better than the ones made of clay. When ''ingera'' is cooked in the traditional way over a wood fire, the correct temperature of the griddle is 180°C.
 
The Ethiopians and Eritreans use a clay griddle for preparing their ''ingera''. This type of griddle is not conductive enough to allow it to be heated hot enough and evenly enough by most solar cookers. We have received two reports of the use of cast iron griddles made in China. These worked much better than the ones made of clay. When ''ingera'' is cooked in the traditional way over a wood fire, the correct temperature of the griddle is 180°C.
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==Recent news and developments==
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[[File:Gallagher_Solar_Injera_Cooker.jpg|thumb|350px|[[Solar Injera Cooker]]]]
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*'''December 2010:''' After he retired, [[Alan Gallagher]], a physicist, decided to take his interest in solar energy in a whole new direction: He decided to design, build, and test a unique large-area frying pan heated by the Sun’s energy. The new parabolic solar frying pan, the [[Solar Injera Cooker]], was specifically tailored to the cooking of injera bread in East Africa. Other types of solar cookers are not well-suited for frying. In villages, a typical “slice” of injera bread can be more than half a meter in diameter. The [[parabolic solar cooker]] can be used eight hours a day throughout the year. [http://jila.colorado.edu/content/incredible-solar-bread-machine More Information...]
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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*[[Solar Injera Cooker]]
 
*[[Devos Solar Cooker]]
 
*[[Devos Solar Cooker]]
 
*[[Sun Fire Cooking]]
 
*[[Sun Fire Cooking]]
 
*[[Scheffler Community Kitchen]]
 
*[[Scheffler Community Kitchen]]
   
=='''External Links'''==
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatbread Wikipedia's article on flatbread]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatbread Wikipedia's article on flatbread]

Revision as of 01:03, December 17, 2010

Sun Fire Cooking flatbread

A woman involved with the Sun Fire Cooking project cooks flatbread in a parabolic solar cooker in Somalia.

In our way of thinking, there are three important categories of solar cookers--panel cookers (such as the SCI CooKit), box cookers and concentrating (often parabolic or paraboloid) cookers. Panel cookers are not good for the flat breads I know about. Most box cookers do not get hot enough, although they could be specially designed for the purpose. Parabolic cookers are the most likely candidates as well as cookers like the Devos Solar Cooker and the Scheffler Community Kitchen.
Creperie Solaire

Michael Götz has taken his 'Crêperie Solaire' to many music festivals or ecology fairs where visitors get their first culinary experience with solar cooking.

The most common type of parabolic solar cooker in the world is likely to be the "butterfly" type with two not-quite-parabolic reflectors. These are very common in China. For more information, see Yancheng Sangli Solar Energy.

The Ethiopians and Eritreans use a clay griddle for preparing their ingera. This type of griddle is not conductive enough to allow it to be heated hot enough and evenly enough by most solar cookers. We have received two reports of the use of cast iron griddles made in China. These worked much better than the ones made of clay. When ingera is cooked in the traditional way over a wood fire, the correct temperature of the griddle is 180°C.

Recent news and developments

Gallagher Solar Injera Cooker

Solar Injera Cooker

  • December 2010: After he retired, Alan Gallagher, a physicist, decided to take his interest in solar energy in a whole new direction: He decided to design, build, and test a unique large-area frying pan heated by the Sun’s energy. The new parabolic solar frying pan, the Solar Injera Cooker, was specifically tailored to the cooking of injera bread in East Africa. Other types of solar cookers are not well-suited for frying. In villages, a typical “slice” of injera bread can be more than half a meter in diameter. The parabolic solar cooker can be used eight hours a day throughout the year. More Information...

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