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Pressure Cooking Saves

Fagor 2-by-1 Splendid 5-Piece Pressure Cooker SetThere are many great reasons to invest in a good pressure cooker for your RV. Not only does it cook much faster in 1/3 of the time, but it saves propane and water which is important when boondocking. It also doesn’t heat up your RV on a hot day like an oven does. Another good reason, pressure cooking is one of the secrets for the great taste of the Colonel’s chicken. Yum!

For those of you older folks, today’s pressure cookers are not like the one you remember Mama using which chattered, hissed, squealed, and may have exploded. Today’s cookers are much safer and easier to use. They come in all sizes for any size family or use and in both lightweight aluminum and tough stainless steel. The larger 8 qt. cookers and above are best for canning. Smaller sizes are great for vegetables and noodles. Pressure cookers can cost anywhere from $30 to several hundreds of dollars. You do get what you pay for with these so choose wisely. If you plan to use one for canning or cooking a lot, a stainless steel one is probably the better investment. It costs a little more but will be worth it.

For frying chicken in oil, you need a special pressure fryer which can also be used as a pressure cooker. They are not the same though they look very similar. The pressure fryer has additional safety features and can handle the higher temps.

You will also want to look at what comes with a pressure cooker. Does it have a basket for steaming? Does it come with instructions and recipes to get started? Does it come with canning rack and tools?

For lots of great information and recipes, check out Hip Pressure Cooking. If you would like a great book that will demystify the art of pressure cooking and explain how it works in detail along with providing delicious recipes, try Pressure Perfect: Two Hour Taste in Twenty Minutes Using Your Pressure Cooker .

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