Originally Posted by 19 and counting
My husband loves fooling around with the pressure cooker. I'd like more insight into the argument that it devalues the nutrients.
People don't seem to appreciate just how much you have to cook some stuff (vegetables for example), to be able to get ANY nutrient value out of them at all!
Don't ask how I found out, but it really was the Hard Way[tm]. /sigh
But basically the bottom line is, we just don't have a digestive system that's designed to live on foodstuffs suited to a Mountain Gorilla.
I've done a lot of cooking for a lot of years while touring Europe
on my motorbike(s).
My main cooking device has been a Kelly Kettle (free fuel
, burns rubbish, will boil 2.5 pints of water
in about 3 minutes with half a newspaper).
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Backup (rubbish is soaking wet, along with everything else) has been a Vango folding stove
(superb value for money
and really well built) with an adaptor that takes the dirt cheap
resealable butane bottles (under a pound each if you buy them in bulk), which do me for about a week of use each. Not too good in very cold weather
, but if you warm the gas container they do work
to get any better, you have to pay about 5 times as much.
Apart from the cooking kit I use with the Kelly, which is usually to prepare food
ready for slow cooking, what I use, is Food
and Drink Flasks like these:
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Four of them normally. On the autobahns of Europe
, a cup of coffee is about 5 euros. So when I do breakfast and prepare the food for the day, I make either two flasks of coffee, or, if it is very hot, I pour ice cold bottled water
into them. They stay piping hot, or ice cold, for about 18 hours (if less, you have a bad one, so check it and take it back if necessary, before you travel - failure rate can be quite high with some brands).
Two cups of coffee is 100 miles worth of petrol, in my bike . . . . Yes I would rather travel than pay that much for coffee (usually inferior anyway), thanks. It's also very nice to know that you have two good, piping hot meals available, whenever you feel like eating them.
Breakfast (porridge, boiled eggs, etc) I do in the flask. The Kelly just keeps boiling water until I fill the flasks with whatever I want for the day. One 1.8ltr flask gives me two stew type meals (Goulash, etc) a day. If doing Spag Bol, sauce goes in one, spaghetti goes in the other.
If curry, sauce goes in one, Rice goes in the other. I've found boil in the bag rice is most effective. It takes some pulling out of the flask, but that squeezes excess rice water out, then I just pour clean boiling water over the bag to rinse it (a rice day is a one flask for drinking day, and I will brew up when the flask is empty, in one of the many and frequent non-service rest areas, with the little Vango stove and a small kettle).
I've used pressure cookers a lot, and will get one dedicated for boat use. If it doesn't come with one, the boat stove will be propane (I've used them as my main source of cooking for over 35 years, with zero problems), it is very economical (generally about 10% of what it costs to cook with electricity - over here anyway), at home a 19kg bottle lasts me over a year.