Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Pressure cookers have been in the news lately, and not in a good way. Going around with a pressure cooker is a good way to get reported to the police.
It's a darn shame too, as pressure cookers are useful devices -for cooking. Most people, if they use them at all, only haul them out for home canning. In many parts of the world they get almost daily service, and for good reason.
Pressure cookers are a fast and energy efficient way to cook. Anything that can be prepared in a crock pot in 8 hours can usually be done in about 30 minutes with a pressure cooker. They do a nice job on vegetables, everything from leafy greens like spinach to harder veggies like squash and turnips.
Ever peel a squash? It's a pain, isn't it? Dangerous even. Just quarter, scoop the seeds out and cook it in a pressure cooker. Then the skin easily peels away.
Tough piece of meat? Pressure cook it. They could probably make shoe leather taste good.
Anyone who has dry beans in their food storage needs a pressure cooker. The dry beans can be put to soak in the morning then popped in the pressure cooker for dinner. I've even made traditional Boston baked beans in mine.
Some pressure cookers are fairly pricey. Mine is a lower priced Presto stainless steel one with a rocker weight. The disadvantage of the cheaper ones is that they have rubber gaskets that need to be replaced. I keep a spare gasket and emergency relief plug as backup. Only had to change the gasket once in 10 years of regular use, so that's not too bad.
Take back the pressure cookers from the terrorists and put them back in the kitchen where they belong.