Testimonials from Sport users
We purchased the Solavore Sport a few years ago and have been so happy that we did. The meal I cooked was 1 inch thick pork chops and the dessert found in the manual with the wilderness cherry pie filling and devils food cake mix. I must say I was curious as to how the meal would turn out. After about 3 or 4 hours, I checked the pork chops and they were ready. It was the most delicious meal ever. My cute 91 year old Mom just couldn’t believe it could cook all of this IN THE SUN! She kept saying, “It is a miracle how that little oven could cook like that!” I must say the pork chops were so moist - just delicious and the dessert was fantastic. Yes, we love our Solavore Sun Sport Solar Oven.
I’m a single, overworked video producer, telecommuting from a little island hideaway in Puerto Rico. The solar oven has proven to be a good fit for me. It allows me to prep food while I’m working through my coffee in the morning, put it in the Solavore Sport and come home to a beautifully cooked meal. The slow cooking aspect of the Sport makes it ideal for cooking long grain brown rice, which on a stove takes an hour and requires careful attention. I got home last night too tired to make dinner and when I woke this morning, I had dinner for breakfast; a tuna steak pan-fried with veggies on a bed of sun-cooked ginger rice. 10 minutes start to finish. Flavored rice has become my first solar go-to.
"I am legally blind with some other physical challenges and live on a fixed income. These conditions have limited my ability of using a regular oven and stove forcing me to rely mostly on a microwave oven for daily cooking. My choices of foods has dwindled due to allergies and keeping kosher since processed foods are too costly for my budget.
I first saw a model of the SOS Sport solar oven at Solar Cookers International in Sacramento, California and had to have one. The oven arrived in one week after ordering. It came with easy to follow instructions with some sample recipes.
The Sport has opened up a whole new world for me. It is so user friendly! I have gained more independence in my “kitchen” and am now free to choose what I want to eat. I buy in bulk and cook from scratch, something I haven’t been able to do for years. The money saved in two months has more than paid for the cost of my oven purchase. Since the oven includes room for two cooking pots (these come with the oven), I can heat up lunch while my dinner is cooking.
When the oven lid is removed the sides aren’t hot like a conventional oven. I am able to “feel” for my pots (wearing oven mitts of course!) without danger of burns. Just wipe cleaning is so easy with a soft cloth. Since the food cooks so evenly they wash easily also.
This oven is so convenient. I put a turkey breast half in one pot and Spanish rice in the other. I set them outside at 9:30 a.m. I went to medical appointments all day only to return to an already cooked dinner. I was leaving after my appointments to visit my family. At 4:00 my meal was ready to take to their home – 1½ hours away. When we arrived, my dinner was still piping hot! My mom was impressed! She wondered how I would pull of having dinner done while we were gone all day. I would not have done this on my regular kitchen appliances.
In California we have had energy shortages that have resulted in rotating blackouts. No power? No problem! My sport kept on cooking! I had a nice barbeque chicken one evening and salmon fajita over brown rice another night. This conserved energy, lessened the need for air conditioning on the 102 degree summer days, and cut down our air pollution that often reaches unhealthy levels.
It’s also fun and draws quite a crowd during community cookouts. I’ve also decided when I am able to go camping I will take my solar oven. Often we aren’t allowed to start a campfire (even for cooking) in forest areas and campsites due to high risk of forest fires.
I have found truly a spiritual flavor when the Creator cooks my food with the sun. It’s beyond words. It’s as if heaven and earth meet. The body is nourished and the soul is filled with light."
"Thank you, thank you, thank you for developing the Sport Solar Oven! I absolutely love it! Everything I have cooked in the solar oven has been delicious, and my kitchen did not need to heat up to cook the food. I have roasted chicken, beef, and potatoes with great success. I also baked Barbecue beef ribs that were so tender, the meat fell off the bones.
I live in the Mountains it was -13 today when I put my stew & biscuts in the solar oven at 8am. By 1:30 pm the stew was done and the biscuts perfect even at 9 degrees outside. The oven never made it to 300 but almost. I am so impressed that I want to buy one for all my family and friends. Thank you so much for this great inexpensive tool.
"I love my solar oven. Now I have time to go down to the river and do my laundry. Now I don't have to breathe all the smoke while I cook my meals. Now my children can go to school."
This solar oven under my right arm is now marketed by Solavore. The “Sport Solar Oven”. The bread is fresh out of the solar oven and is a multi grain whole wheat. The yeast is European Style instant dry yeast and can rise as it is being baked...........Yes!!!! no need to have the dough rise outside the oven..........not even once. And i have kept this yeast for over a year without refrigerating and in the tropics. You can buy about a pound of it for under 5 bucks. I have used these ovens for over 10 years and they are still going strong, even after being left out on deck in the sun, rain and a salt water environment. It has paid for itself many times over in saved propane and no need to watch over it.........i can put the bread in the oven in the morning..........go fishing or windsurfing with no worries and check it in the early afternoon to see if the crust is nice and brown.....Besides bread i have baked chile, brown rice, fish, lobster, chicken, veggies, potatoes, etc........Oh, fish may only need 5 to 15 minutes and hard boiled eggs do not need to be baked in water. Hey, the fuel (Sun) is FREE!!!
Thank YOU and your company for making such a great cooker! I saw an article in Mother Earth News by chance, and it was profiled along with other solar ovens. We’ve been going through a nasty heat spell in Oregon, so I thought it would be great to cook outside instead of inside, and it’s been amazing. I also appreciate the recipes section of your website. I check the weather now every day to see if it will be sunny enough to cook outside. Thanks again!
“We love our solavore! We’ve already cooked in it several times. We use it at home for cooking lunches and dinners. We organize a neighborhood sustainability group and as a group, we made inexpensive solar cooker boxes, but we wanted something sturdier than a cardboard box. Something we could take camping and use on a daily basis. We’re quite happy with the Solavore product. I like that it has two pots so I can cook meat in one and vegetables in the other. It’s quite versatile.”
I picked up a brochure at the MN state fair several years ago, and game across it a few weeks ago. I ordered it for my husband’s birthday. We will be using the oven as we sail on Lake Superior. My husband LOVED the oven, and baked potatoes the first day we had it. We are going to try affixing it to the roof of our car when we take a trip from MN to TX. our kids think it is cool, they are both campers and road trippers.
While I am new to solar cooking, I have been interested in trying it for several years. My knowledge of your product dates back to when the operation was run by the Solar Oven Society, and the oven was shown on their website, maybe around 2009-2010.
We have not had much sun here in Kentucky since my unit arrived, but I did set up at about 11 AM and 50 deg F on a clear Solstice day, without the reflector. By solar noon (about 12:30 PM, I had a temperature of 205 deg F inside, and a pot of cooked rice to proudly show to my wife. I expect to do much more, soon.
While we live in Lexington, we keep a boat on Norris Lake near Knoxville TN, and spend quite a bit of time there. I dislike dragging propane bottles down to the dock, or having an open flame on the boat. This is where the Solavore comes in. Because it is lightweight and stows easily either in a dock locker or on the boat, it will get a lot of use there.
Best Wishes for this venture! The product is very good, and I am looking forward to having a lot of friends see it and try my cooking!