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Solar cookers — when used properly — safely and conveniently cook all types of food, including meats, grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits. As with any cooking method, however, care should be taken when solar cooking to maintain food safety, particularly with meats, legumes and grains.
Safety concerns when using solar cookers for cooking and water pasteurization are summarized in the sections below. Some are common sense based to protect the user, and others require careful temperature monitoring to keep the cooking food safe to eat.