Retired Western New England University professor Bill Bradley says he picked up solar cooking as a hobby.
The Bradley family invited 22News to their solar potluck Sunday for a first-hand look at how this type of cooking works.
Bradley has developed and built several large solar cookers that can receive over 500 watts of power from sunlight alone.
He says his inventions make solar cooking a lot less time consuming.
“I think we have been able to sort of help out with the technology of solar cooking a bit–add some new device,” Bradley said.
“One of the things I tried from the very beginning was making a cooker that cooked more like the kitchen stove. There were a lot of cookers around but most of them would take hours to cook something,” he told 22News.
Turkey chili, baked beans and corn bread were all made with the help of solar cookers. The Bradley’s even baked a cake for dessert.