Step Three: Secure legs with string or small rubber band. Gentle pour remaining butter mixture over chicken. Cover and put in conventional oven or place in SolarWear(TM) Carrier Set to make it easier to place in and remove from solar oven.
Step Four: Check solar oven for temperature of at least 225-degrees F. and place roaster in oven. At 1:30PM, the solar oven was ready at 250-degrees F.
Step Five: If you really wanted to be scientific, you could have done TWO chickens and checked the timing against your conventional oven, but if not, you can do one of two things: one, check for doneness after about 2-1/2 hours, or, two, just wait till the sun goes down. I took my chicken out when the winter sun was below the top of my six-foot fencing at four-thirty (3 hours). Conventional oven - 3 hrs. = 15,000BTUs; solar oven - 3 hrs. = FREE!
Beautiful! Veggies are delicious, just the right texture, and cooked through but not mushy. AND no metal rack to clean!
This is a breast removed so you can see that it's been cooked through.
Put it all together, and ring the bell!
A Whole Chicken is the Sum of Its Parts and More
When there's a sale on whole chickens, try to stock up. It saves so much money and, in today's economy, every little bit helps. Don't know how to cut it just right? Check out Allrecipes.com for some great instructions. Of course, it's not mentioned that you can also render or save the fat for schmaltz. It'll take a while for them to catch up with you who are now in the know. And, the process is the same for all fowl, so it's very handy at turkey time, too. And, of course, for you really sharp folk, YouTube has a gazillion (well, at least five) videos you can follow. Happy savings!