Our research into efficient electric cooking continues. This time with an apple pie in the combination microwave/convection oven onboard Wind Horse. The results are encouraging. First a small detail which pleases the head pastry chef. There is a pan which comes with this oven which is used for (amongst other things) catching drips, the function of which is demonstrated at the bottom of the first photo.
Linda is using her Kevlar gloves for handling the hot oven gear. The pie was baked for 50 minutes at a temperature of 200C / 410F. Power consumption was roughly 25 amp hours at 24volts, or 600 Watts of power. If we were to calculate the generator time to put this back into the batteries it would be about nine minutes. The pie shown is nine inches (225mm) in diameter. There is room in this small oven for an eleven inch (275mm) pie plate.
Not bad for a first try, and the taste can only be described as yummy! The browning on top is a little uneven, but this will be corrected in future production runs.
Posted by Steve Dashew (September 22, 2009)