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Old 16-07-2014, 16:23   #1
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Pressure or Slow Cooker, What's Best for Cooking Onboard

Hey there I'm considering the purchase of one or the other and just wondering what's a better and more useful pot? Or maybe other alternatives?
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Re: Pressure or slow cooker What's best for cooking onboard

Search for the Thermos Cooking thread.
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Re: Pressure or slow cooker What's best for cooking onboard

Well I like the pressure cooker because it saves energy by reducing cooking time and should it come off the stove in a seaway everything is contained reducing the chance of injury. Although some of the thermal cooking systems look good but I have not used them
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Re: Pressure or slow cooker What's best for cooking onboard

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Well I like the pressure cooker because it saves energy by reducing cooking time and should it come off the stove in a seaway everything is contained reducing the chance of injury. Although some of the thermal cooking systems look good but I have not used them

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Re: Pressure or slow cooker What's best for cooking onboard

I have and use both, the crockpot is used while in the slip and I'am busy with other projects and I don't have time to fix a meal. The pressure cooker is best for saving energy and cooking time and in the summer puts less heat into the boat. Meals from either one are delicious.


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Re: Pressure or slow cooker What's best for cooking onboard

The problem with the slow cooker (as great as they are) is powering them. If you a live at the dock cruiser, great by living at anchor...its just not possible from a power perspective. So since storage on boats is always an issue, I would go with the pressure cooker that give you what you want in one device.
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I have a pressure cooker that I put in an insulated box shown on the thermos cooking thread. Best of both worlds . if its half full and brought up to pressure it will stay very hot all day long
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Re: Pressure or slow cooker What's best for cooking onboard

You can get both in one. Google "multi cooker"
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Re: Pressure or slow cooker What's best for cooking onboard

Pressure cookers, because of the not spilling, and also in really hot places, you can cook your bread in it, with the seal taken out.

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Re: Pressure or slow cooker What's best for cooking onboard

Pressure cookers can easily be turned into slow cookers without the need for ongoing power. They just need to be brought to pressure then well insulated. See Sparrowhawk's DIU idea or the commercially available Wonderbag. Or just wrap the pot in a couple of blankets. This system works brilliantly!

Also consider getting a wide mouthed thermos for cooking. There are several things you can successfully make simply by tossing in the dry ingredients and adding a boiling water eg oatmeal, quinoa, barley. People have had success with rice, but that has defeated me. Apparently pasta works as well.
We have been enjoying porridge every few days since I started using this technique. Zero fuss, little gas used and minimal washing up required .

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This was the thermos thread discussing other means of slow cooking:
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pressure Cooker combo it is then..many thanks for the very valuable information :-)

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Thermos hot dogs...put boiling water in the thermos and let it sit for 5 minutes. Poor out the water and put in hot dogs and if big enough a couple of buns. Hours later if will be like the ball park...oh and a slow cooker is good if you have a long motor, e.g. down the intercostal. Your alternator will power the cooking and have super ready at the end of the day.


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The multi cooker uses electricity which is usually pretty expensive to produce on a boat unless you're tied to a dock or are planning on having your generator run anyway. And sometimes you want the pressure cooker to drop its temperature naturally and sometimes you want to pour water over it to drop it's temperature fast. Fagor is a great brand. The new pressure cookers just let a little bit of steam out unlike the old jiggle top ones that you would have to put an inch or two more water in to account for water lost while cooking( depending on cooking time). And stovetop top pressure cookers cost about half as much as the multi cookers
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Re: Pressure or slow cooker What's best for cooking onboard

You never said how you cruise.

If at anchor or under way, a pressure cooker makes sense because electricity is valuable and costly to produce.

With shore power, a slow cooker makes a great option and can be left on the back deck so it doesn't heat up the interior.
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Re: Pressure or slow cooker What's best for cooking onboard

A good pressure cooker is indispensable and really fast. For slow cooking, Nissan Thermos used to sell a 4 or 6 liter pot that was heated on the stove, then inserted into a large vacuum jacket. They would stay over 185 degrees all day with no energy.
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