Just this week I learned about the HERC Oven, and it put my homemade Applebox Oven to shame! It may cost a little more than a free box, but it’s definitely a great way to go if you’re looking for a durable oven to cook with during emergencies.
One of my biggest fans (ok, I added that part :) posted some pictures of her HERC Oven on my Facebook page and I immediately had to know more. I thought I knew about all of the alternative cooking methods out there, but apparently not.
I went ahead and asked if she wouldn’t mind explaining how it worked, and she actually said YES! I was so excited, and hopefully you are too!
Get ready to be enlightened…
Baking in the HERC Oven:
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cranberry Orange Muffins
- Conventional oven: Burned around the edges, cold in the middle.
- HERC: Evenly cooked, hot and steamy in the middle! I couldn’t believe it. And, it actually tasted better. Hmmm.
Hazelnut Crusted Halibut and French Garlic Roasted Green Beans
Other things I like about the HERC Oven:
- I can cook without the dependence on the sun (like the Sun Oven would ever work here in Portland, Oregon anyway), or limited sources like propane, charcoal, generator, etc.
- The price is much less than the Sun Oven (again, not an option if you want to cook in the evening, or in Portland, OR)
- No toxic fumes! Safe for inside!
- Tea Lights are inexpensive and readily available. I’ve been using the Yummi brand that I bought at Fred Meyer – a bag of 100 for $4.99 on sale @ Christmas time. I have 800 in a 5-gallon bucket!
- Did I mention it all comes apart and stores so flat/compact you will not even believe it?
- Cute little window so you can check on your creations
- Comes with a carrying tote
- Dishwasher safe
- Bottom stays cool enough around the edges to touch during baking
- Made in the USA
- Imagine if your child had a birthday during an emergency situation? This would easily bake a cake (8″ or 9″)!
- You’ll want to remain in the same room with your little oven since it is a flame that you’re cooking with
- I’ve added the “Ove’ Glove” (a pair would be nice) to my wish list because it can be tricky to get my pans in and out while wearing my jumbo oven mitts.