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Found! pressure cooker!

stopped at a thrift shop today.. low and behold a "presto" 606 (absolete) but with spare gasket, and "jiggler" on top. Took it home filled it about a third with water.. and it works fine... although I have an STRONG respect (fear) of pressure vessels. (comes from the hvac biz)

On looking for parts this came up. for those looking to buy looks like a good place to start! Pressure Cooker - Pressure Cooker Outlet
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Wow, very low prices. What size did you get? I'm thinking the small 4 qt. may be enough for my wife and I (we only seldom have overnight guests)
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Oh this one is a big 6qt job. fired it up.. scary! reminds me of the steam boiler we installed last month! err.. well not really LOL
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Just don't knock it around and you're fine. I have a six quart Presto and never had a problem. It sure sounds scarey, hissing and spitting on the stove like a rattlesnake. Now, I would only use it on a boat if she were completely still, at anchor, even though I have a gimballed stove with pot keeper. Anyway, you're going to like the results you get from the cooker and you save tons of time. I've done some great stews, soups and sauces. I can cook a whole chicken off the bone in about 20 minutes.

Upgraded to an all electric Fagor cooker, which is a slow cooker, browner, warmer, rice cooker, and pressure cooker. You hear nothing as it works and it shuts down from pressure cooker to warming mode after the cycle. I love the thing and have incorporated it into my daily culinary madness.

I will try the Presto pressure cooker sometime this Summer out on the boat, again, only when anchored.
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I will try the Presto pressure cooker sometime this Summer out on the boat, again, only when anchored.
I prefer to use the pressure cooker on passage, with or without the weight.

WHY ? Because even if it comes off the stove the top will stay on. A number of sailors have been badly burned including Mrs Cooper of Sell up and Sail fame in cooking accidents where the pot spills.

Walmart do an Ali 4 qt at $25 and a Presto 4 qt in stainless for $50 both can be hard to find.
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I worry about steam spewing from the top, if I were under passage. OK, you've convinced me. Going to try it. Never tried cooking without the weight.

If I had a bigger, live-aboard-type boat, I'd recess the electric Fagor cooker into a countertop and I would be in Hog Heaven!!!!!
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I use my pressure cooker dang near every day. So easy.
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I got a Futura by Hawkins. No chance the lid will come off. I've been practicing cooking with it this winter and am eager to try it out on the boat this summer. Yummy yummy food comes out of this pot!

Amazon.com: Futura by Hawkins Hard Anodized 5.0 Litre Pressure Cooker from Hawkins: Kitchen & Dining
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Have an 8-quart stainless. Tis great for one-dish meals. The shorter cooking time means less heat in the cabin.
One thing, make sure you get good solid pot clamps that will hold the beast and use them. Even at anchor there will always be some moron who comes by at 10 kts
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