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Re: pressure cooker advice
Pressure cookers are cool. They are all about conservation, not necessarily environmentalist type conservation, but practical conservation by people with limited access to high quality cooking fuel. I've observed them in heavy use in the deserts in western India and the highlands in northern Nepal a lot.
As you get further from affluent town centres in these regions, you quickly start to recognise their importance. If you've ever tried making rice or tea or pretty well anything over a yack dung fire at high altitude in cool temperatures you know what I mean. There just isn't enough heat from a dung fire to properly cook rice and beans without a pressure cooker. This is an inconvenience for the mountaineering tourist, but can have health impacts on the locals if they are constantly eating partially cooked food, especially for the young and old.
I think for the most part cruising boats have gotten so big, with such big fuel capacities with so many replenishment options, fuel conservation is not as big of a priority as it once was. But if you do want/need to conserve fuel I think a pressure cooker could make a big difference.
My issue is my wife won't let me have one, I think she pictures some kind of dramatic explosion tearing the side of the boat out, I've been trying to convince her we should get one for years now.