Saturday, September 15, 2012
The Pressure Cooker Revolution
We made potatoes last night in the pressure cooker, and it only took eight minutes. Not 25 or 30 minutes until those delectable tubers were soft enough to mash - only eight. This may not sound like that big of a deal, but not only have I become a lazy cook since moving aboard (who wants to clean up that many dishes in a tiny boat sink?!) but life on a boat is about reduction - fewer clothes, less electricity usage, not as many books. And the pressure cooker helps us save time and propane in a big way, with the added bonus of keeping the boat much cooler while cooking.
Before leaving Texas, I had read a little bit about pressure cookers, and people on boats seemed to have them. However, I hadn't really given it much consideration beyond a general concern about exploding kitchens. Vlad, however, was all for it, and his dad hauled one down for us all the way from the U.S. Now we don't have to spend hours slaving over a pot of beans or 30 minutes cooking rice. The pressure cooker is easy, quick and despite my initial fears Vlad assures me it won't explode. Honestly, I'm not sure why we didn't have one of these when we lived on land.
I want to give big thank you to Vlad's dad for lugging a 4-quart, stainless steel pot for us across international borders. We had a great time during your visit, and the pressure cooker rocks! If anyone is interested in pressure cooker recipes, Rebel Heart has a fantastic list of them, including some fabulous looking risotto. And if there are any other good recipe websites, please let me know.