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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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