Browning Ground Beef in the Solar Oven

Many casserole dishes call for browned or cooked ground beef as an ingredient, and it is nearly impossible to convert a recipe calling for cooked beef to one starting with raw hamburger.  But it makes little sense to heat up the stove to cook the beef,and  then just use the solar oven to finish heating up a meal. Although it takes a bit of watching and stirring, hamburger can be browned in the solar oven.
Browned Ground Beef in the Solar Oven

Browned Ground Beef in the Solar Oven

Cooked Ground Beef in the Solar Oven

Start with a pound of ground beef, and break into small chunks or pieces.  Place the broken up beef into a pot suitable for the solar oven.  I placed a collapsible steamer basket inside of my pot so that I could easily lift the browned beef out of the juices and grease.

Cooking ground beef in the solar oven

Cooking ground beef in the solar oven

  Put the covered pot into the solar oven.  After about 30 minutes, stir the beef, break up the chunks, and continue cooking.  Continue stirring the beef about every 20 -30 minutes, until done.  Drain the grease from the beef (or lift out the steamer basket).

Ground beef cooking in the solar oven

Ground beef cooking in the solar oven

  The perfect ground beef is ready to be added to any casserole, tacos, sloppy Joes, etc.

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