Unless you’ve been hanging out in Mark Twain Cave 24/7 for the last week, you know it’s hot. Real hot. It’s not getting any cooler.
Heat cooking is a fun demonstration in this kind of weather and all, but I admit I had a serious motive for mine. The other day, I came across an old news story about the death of 2-year-old twins in Southeast Missouri who had gotten into their grandmother’s car while playing and died in temperatures that, according to the reporter’s calculations, would have topped 120 degrees within 20 minutes. As a reference point, heatstroke occurs when the body’s internal temperature rises above 105 degrees.
The story quoted an official as saying there are slow-cooker recipes that call for temperatures like the inside of that car. In other words, in heat like this, your car effectively turns into a Crock-Pot. With the temperature inside my trusty Honda Accord spiking around 150 degrees this afternoon — yes, you heard that correctly in the video, 1-5-0 — we decided to test that theory.
The cooking itself could have turned out better — we gave up the ghost after two hours, and “edible” isn’t a word I would have used to describe the results. Other car baking experiments I’ve seen used store-bought cookie dough, which fared a little better even in heat like this that didn’t brown food properly, and lasted much longer than ours.
But even our two hours made a solid point: The inside of a car is a very hot, very dangerous place in this heat. Please don’t leave anything you care about in the car, and please be safe.