By Alan Ross
Cookers are no more simple cooking utensils of the yesteryear
where there was not an iota of safety element built-in.
have come a long way since the World War II and in addition to
having countless safety features, they are also aesthetical
eye pleasing plus user friendly, not to mention their
functionality and utility.
Before we proceed, cooker also means the name of a software
product called as ‘Mandriva Linux©’ which is naturally out of
the scope of this discussion.
Ever since man discovered cooking was delicious than eating
raw, cookers began commanding kitchens across the globe.
cookers come in a huge variety of designs and safety features.
Still others like the solar variety sport the smart tag of not
consuming any power at all.
Pressure cookers have features characteristic of their
categories. Rice cookers have single inside containers while
normal cookers comes with multi deck containers. Another
distinguishing feature of rice cookers is relatively thinner
Cookers provide pressurized (10Ksc) cooking which helps cook
30-50% faster. Cooking under sealed condition, as dictated by
high pressures, has dual advantages. One: Faster cooking saves
time and energy; two: prevents loss of nutrients.
Pressure cookers build up to 10ksc of pressure in quick time.
This asks for fail proof safety features. A release valve
off just before the threshold pressure is reached regulating
inside pressure. The gasket in the lid expands and comes out
a recess in the lid when the release valve fails to operate or
reduce pressure even after operating. Of course, the gasket
to be replaced later. Another important safety feature is the
blow off safety valve. This operates only when both the above
fail. This is directly fitted to the top of the lid and is
of a special alloy of aluminum which melts exactly at the
The body is made of extra strong aluminum of thickness 5mm.
bottom is 10mm thick in some models. The lids are designed to
fit either from inside or outside depending on the design.
Inside lids are safer than the other design as their entire
grips the mouth better under pressure. The electric variety
cookers have thermostats which switch off at a particular
temperature preventing higher pressure buildup.
Solar cookers need time before they got a place under the Sun
owing to their dilute energy output.
So anyone still fancies flint and stone to cook dinners?
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