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Old 04-28-2017, 10:12 PM   #1
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Pressure cooker

Is a pressure cooker worth having on a cruising trawler ?,
Ive read that apart from cooking it can be used to desalinate in an emergency.
Thoughts please.
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Old 04-28-2017, 11:25 PM   #2
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If it died tomorrow I'd get another.

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Old 04-28-2017, 11:31 PM   #3
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Currently have a non sealing russel Hobbs.
Am considering purchasing a Hawkins after good reports.
Just been away for a few days on the boat and the pc was really handy for a quick curry on a cold night.
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Old 04-29-2017, 03:04 AM   #4
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When I was a kid (what a memory!) my mother did something with the pressure cooker resulting in food spraying onto the kitchen ceiling. Nervous of them ever since.
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Old 04-29-2017, 03:06 AM   #5
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Ahhhh

Sweet memories.
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I think they are invaluable, in that you can cook a meal faster resulting in less use of propane or electric.
Then you can use it to can your leftovers, extending your stores and giving you a quick heat-up meal.
I recommend the Fagor Splendid.
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Old 04-29-2017, 05:29 AM   #7
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Great aboard ,

should it chase you after departing the range , there is less chance of scalding the cook.
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Old 04-29-2017, 05:46 AM   #8
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I just love the smell of tripe cooking in a pressure cooker after a night on the grog
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Old 04-29-2017, 06:02 AM   #9
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We use the InstantPot brand. Love it! Runs easily off the inverter and usually only needs power for 10 minutes or so.

Or you can run it all day underway as a slow cooker, and have dinner ready by the time you drop the hook (although admittedly, we never seem to get around to doing that.)
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Yes. We use ours pretty regularly. We cook a lot of Mexican. It's great for making a pot of beans pretty quickly.
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We've used pressure cookers for decades, but don't have one on the boat just now. Would be welcome, I just haven't addressed the storage issue yet.

In fact, our last old-style PC crapped out, and we've only very recently gotten a 6-qt electric Instant Pot as the replacement. Generally very pleased, although it comes with some size issues given the built-in heating element and given the shape/design of the lid. I reckon to take the 6-qt model to the boat for a storage test, and if there's any way, maybe we'll get the 5-qt model to keep onboard. There's only very little difference in height between the two, though.

Hadn't thought about being able to power the thing with the inverter... Might become a useful feature.

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We also use an Instant Pot and probably use it more than our grill and oven combined, second only to stove top. It will run off the inverter but we often flip on the generator for it as it seems to pull over 1,000 watts. We really like having the instant pot aboard and it replaced the crock pot so no net loss in space. Instant pot and a countertop ice maker are the two best standard of living/cruising purchases made for the boat so far! Although I'm installing a water maker today...
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Admiral uses the pressure cooker on the boat every week. Great flavor in the meals.

Most of the sail boats in our location have one.

The modern pressure cookers have safety features which were not available on the models available to our parents in their youth.
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When I was a kid (what a memory!) my mother did something with the pressure cooker resulting in food spraying onto the kitchen ceiling. Nervous of them ever since.
My ex did that too. I still remember cleaning squash casserole off the ceiling.
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My grandmother's old pressure cooker taught a dead chicken to fly!
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I think it depends on your particular situation. During the 10 years we lived aboard and cruised full time the pressure cooker was really appreciated and used a lot. Now that we are back in the U.S. and anchoring out only 3 or 4 days at a time we haven't used it at all.
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Another thought about the electric Instant Pot or similar: I could probably use one underway, sitting it in the galley sink during movement. (Coupled with the inverter, we wouldn't even have to run the genset unless AC is in also order at the time.)

Couldn't do that with a stovetop model on our ceramic electric cooktop.

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Instant pot and a countertop ice maker are the two best standard of living/cruising purchases made for the boat so far
I bought a countertop ice maker over the weekend, really looking forward to using that. I couldn't believe how quickly it made ice when I tried it at home.

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I could probably use one underway, sitting it in the galley sink during movement. (Coupled with the inverter, we wouldn't even have to run the genset unless AC is in also order at the time.)
Yes, that's when we run it off the inverter. It's even OK on the counter in calm waters, but only if we're sure there will be no wakes. If we're on the hook I'll usually start the genset, unless we recently topped off the batteries, or plan to soon.
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