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.....My issue is my wife won't let me have one, I think she pictures some kind of dramatic explosion......
I may be wrong, but I think that's essentially a think of the past. Old cookers had a stem fitting and a weight to hold the pressure back, which could clog with food. Pretty sure modern designs have generally licked this problem. I'm not an avid pressure cooker (nor worry about this when I do), so I hope others will weigh in.


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......That's why I sit on the floor in front of the cooker with a flashlight and keep up with the food and the thermometer through the glass window.
I know that routine. I have an oven thermometer sitting on the shelf. It's a bit of a PITA, but it's critical if baking. Less so if braising or roasting. If anything, I find keeping the temp low enough is the problem. Every vacation gets something baked, but it's not as common on weekends. I have a blueberry buckle recipe out of an old schooner cookbook that is a must, when in Maine. Wonder how they regulated temps in a wood burning oven.

I've never seen a propane oven on a boat that had a good thermostat. Wonder why.


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I may be wrong, but I think that's essentially a think of the past. Old cookers had a stem fitting and a weight to hold the pressure back, which could clog with food. Pretty sure modern designs have generally licked this problem.
That is my experience. My Kuhn-Rikon has a spring-loaded pressure valve that plays the role of the old "jiggler." In addition there is a blow-out plug in the lid (like a freeze plug in an engine) and the seal is set to allow a gap between the pot and the lid if the pressure gets too high. My old Presto pressure canner on the other hand depends entirely on the jiggler and I pay special attention to keeping the stem clean.

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I've never seen a propane oven on a boat that had a good thermostat. Wonder why.
Hmm. Propane ovens ashore work pretty well. Marine ones suffer from size and poor insulation so heat distribution inside is spotty. I haven't seen a gas valve with variable gas flow - they seem to be on-off valves so you get whatever the valve turns on and off. A baking stone helps some keeping temperature even, turning the food once or twice helps, and otherwise keeping the door closed helps most.

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Re: pressure cooker advice

The vintage cheapie has a jiggler, but there's also a rubber "plug" in the lid, so if the jiggler gets jammed up, the plug will shoot out before the pot can explode. The new gen-you-whine fancy brand pot has some kind of trick handle that is supposed to blow off steam if there's a problem.

So, tell your wife it is like a Stanley Steamer: Despite everything that Henry Ford said about them, there never was a boiler explosion. Steam has been safe for a long time.

Oil burns and fires from skillets, now that's a very different story.

And i'm told (haven't fact checked it) that in classic Rome, citizens took their food to a local bakery to have it cooked. Dangerous stoves and fireplaces weren't allowed for the hoi polloi.
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Love my pressure cooker. Go for a stove top one, keeps fuel use down and keeps the heat in the galley down :-)
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The single most useful tools In the galley is the pressure cooker. Unless you love going to fill propane tanks. Beans 45 minutes from dry!! Conch in butter sauce , yum. I have a 15;year old tfal and still going strong. Make sure you carry extra seals . I know itís obvious but itís also just a regular pot. So once less thing to stow. I make bolognese in it boil pasta , you name it.
Modern ones donít explode. Plus less time equals less heat in the Caribbean.
I stream is correct learning curve is there but if you undercook just leave the top off and keep boiling . If you over cook , stew it is!
I even made cake and bread in mine when my stove went out and waited 4 mo this for a part.
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Re: pressure cooker advice

Who's tried one of these new Instant Pots? They run on 110v AC, so they're not as cruiser friendly as a stove top pressure cooker. However, they are fast and unbelievably simple. They start and stop automatically, in the event you're distarcated or unavailable when the timer goes off. No open flame could be considered an advantage. Personally, I do not like having the galley out of eye sight if a burner is on.

These pots are temperature and time controlled pressure cookers. The will do slow cooking too, but I see no advantage to that for a cruiser. You press a button and it will heat to sautť first, if needed. Then throw all your ingredients in, slap on the top and press Stew, Soup, etc. Starts and stops automatically. Of course, manual settings are available, but unlike microwave auto buttons, the instant pots auto settings actually seem to work.

If you do the type of cruising that may run a generator for a single hour here and there to recharge batts or make hot water, it would be a free add on to plug in the pot. Most everything takes 35 mins or less.


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Who's tried one of these new Instant Pots?
We have one. And like it. The big problem for use on a boat is the power requirement. Ours is rated at 1000 watts, so really only usable at the dock or if you have a generator.

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Depends on if you are livng at the dock or on a trawler. If your afraid to leave a stove unattended what do you do at home. Buy a couple of cheap timers ! I would be more afraid of wiring than of gas.

For me itís all about energy anything electric takes twice as much energy because you have charge the batteries then suck em dry.
1000 watts equals 83 amps. How big is your battery bank and how fast can you charge it.
Take a cooking class instead.
The idea of cruising for me anyway, is relaxing! If I take a whole day and do nothing, Iíve won.
So cooking is always fun and something to fill my days , not the rush like back on land.
Also depending where you cruise makes a difference. Iím in the water almost everyday so I eat lots of conch , lobster and whatever else I find. If someone has fresh goat or chicken then roti
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