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It's so hot... we did some solar baking

By Jamey Boyum

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - How hot is it? Many of you have been answering that question for us all month. And, quite a few thought it's been hot enough to do some solar cooking. But, is it really hot enough?

Tuesday was so hot it nearly set an all-time record. But it's still not hot enough to bake cookies on the ground. So, enter the solar powered Volkswagen oven. This model has more windshield than last year's PT Cruiser Oven. So, let's get bakin'.

"I might have to try one because I'm very hungry. So, I might have to try the first one," Said Brett Collar, who happened by.

"I think you might be waiting a little while," I said.

"Looking pretty good," said Jena Johnson.

"Does it look scrumptious?" I asked.

"Delicious, "she said.

"I want that one," said Annette Falconer.

"I don't see why those aren't going to taste as good as anything else, "Said Coleman Swierc.

"It's a hundred nineteen degrees in there, dude," I said to Joe Terrell.

"Is it really?" He asked.

It only took about a half an hour to hit that temperature. Time to break some eggs.

"I didn't eat breakfast," Annette said.

"What do you think of that breakfast?" I asked her.

"I think you stole it from me," She replied.

Most stayed focused on the baking.

"All right, well, let's see if they're soft or crunchy," said Samantha Jordan," Oh my gosh! They're pretty hard!"

Three hours and forty minutes for the cookies, and about two hours on the bacon and eggs.

Perfect timing to hit the afternoon meeting.

"The bacon smells terrific," Said Joe Terrell.

"You should smell my car," said Intern Katie.

"No one's ever said that to me," Said Joe," Look at that."

No doubt the cookies were hard, but don't try this at home, folks. Hours in the sun doesn't kill bacteria. It could do the opposite.

But, as you can see, the news people are daredevils. And maybe they have a lot of sick days built up.

And, since I had to watch this happen, I didn't eat one this year either.

We would like to stress that even though this worked, the heat was not high enough to kill bacteria. It needs to be as much as 180 degrees according to the National Digestive Diseases Clearinghouse.

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