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From: Audrey (adsl-67-113-234-41.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net)
Subject: I can tell you why pressure cooker use dropped off
Date: May 22, 2004 at 12:36 pm PST

In Reply to: Sabrina; just picked up Lorna's book from Barnes & Noble. posted by CC on May 10, 2004 at 10:26 am:

The older pressure cookers really did have safety issues. We had the lid blow off one when I was a kid, spewing hot stew all over the kitchen. Most people who grew up in a household with an old jiggle top can tell similar stories. The worst pressure cooker accident I remember, however, happened when I was working at Taco Time in the '80s. We had these giant pressure cookers that we used to make the refried beans (they were huge...I can't remember the capacity, but the one we used was as tall as my waist, and had to use its own special floor-level gas burner). Anyway, one day someone didn't keep a close eye on the cooker at one of our stores and the lid blew off...going straight through the wall! Scalding beans flew all over the kitchen. It's amazing no one was seriously hurt.

The new generation of pressure cookers is rife with safety features...there's no way you could have that kind of accident with a modern pressure cooker. I love mine, and would hate to be without it. But our parents and grandparents ultimately decided that their old jiggle tops weren't worth the danger and the constant attention...especially as other forms of cookers (such as slow cookers for that rich, slow-stewed flavor and microwaves for speed and convenience) became available. I keep thinking I should get my mom a new pressure cooker for her birthday...she used her old one a lot before the accident, and if she could be persuaded that the new ones are safe (maybe by seeing me use mine), perhaps she might enjoy rediscovering pressure cooking.

Audrey



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