I remember reading ‘Maiden Voyage’ by Tonya Aebi and she kept praising her little pressure cooker for cooking rice. For some reason it stuck with me. Now that I’m provisioning my own boat, I put a pressure cooker on the list for the galley. Why not, if it’s not worth the space and time I’ll just donate it and be done with it. Luckily I never had to make that decision.
When it came time for me to select a pressure cooker I did the usual thing everyone does, headed over to Amazon to check out the prices and selection.
The first search results were shockingly huge and expensive! There’s no way I can put one of these monstrosities on my boat. I didn’t need a huge multi-gallon Mormon family sized cooker.
For the most part I’m just cooking for myself and a few guests. Locating one that was only few quarts or liters was problematic. Finally I found one that was the right size, and affordable, Phew!!
I also didn’t want a cooker with fancy or finicky features that could fail on me while sailing. I wanted World War II dependability: A pot, a lid, and a weighted pressure valve, no moving parts, caveman simple! The one I settled on was the Hawkins 2 liter cooker. Perfect for the amount of food I’d be cooking.
Last week my chosen pressure cooker finally arrived and I decided to give it a few test runs to see how it worked. Except there was one small detail I forget to address. I’ve never used a pressure cooker in my life! How does this thing work? How long do things need to cook?
Lucky for me my buddy’s girlfriend is a trained chef and when she heard I got a pressure cooker she offered to show me the ropes. Thank you Amanda!!! We cooked some rice, barley, bulgar, farro, black beans, and lentils. It was at this point my Nerdgasm started.
Almost everything we cooked took no more than 15-20 minutes on the stove usually in the 5 minute range. Yea you read that right, things that normally took hours of simmering over the stove, took mere minutes to cook!
The amount of propane and battery juice 1 I would be saving on the boat was mind blowing, this pot will pay for itself in propane savings alone!
You’re going to have to pry my pressure cooker from my cold dead hands, this thing is awesome!
If you’re cruising and cooking on your boat, I cannot over recommend having a small/medium pressure cooker aboard. The propane, electricity, and time savings are just too much not to be ignored. I would make sure to get one that is as simple as possible. All the those added features are totally unnecessary and only reduces your cooker’s reliability.
Run, don’t walk, to the store and grab one for your galley adventures, you won’t be disappointed!
- On my boat the propane solenoid draws a whopping AMP. If you’re cooking for an hour, that’s a full amp-hour drain on the house battery ↩