Jan 4, 2008

Catching and Storing Energy

A pressure cooker was a Christmas gift I received this year.
I have used it for chicken, soup and squash.
It has reduced the cooking times to less than a quarter of the usual.
That means a lot when you are using an electric stove.
Chicken takes 12 minutes with vegetables. A whole 3 lb. chicken.
Spaghetti Squash was 15 minutes, not 60 minutes baked at 350 degrees.
Tonight's southwestern bean soup, made from dried ingredients was 10 minutes after a 5 minute boil.
It is supposed to simmer an hour.
That tough Indian Corn I have might cook up well.
I heard roasts are very good and juicy too. I would sear it in a pan first so its golden brown. I am intrigued by the principles working here.
What other things in life are like this? Where can I catch energy and use it like a pressure cooker?


will said...

you may already know about these ones:
- Passive solar design
- Green Houses with metal barrels full of water (w/fish and plants)

but the most similar example of the pressure cooker if you don't have access to one is the Cocina Bruja (don't ask me for its name in English -Witch stove- would be the literal translation), which is a regular pot that you bring to boil and keep boiling it for some minutes (depending on what you are cooking) and then you move it to an insulated box where the heat loss is insignificant and food inside keeps on being cooked. You end up saving fuel and time.

SouthWoods Forest Gardens said...

I have heard of that techique.

I may try plastic wrapping a pot and filling a box with foam insulation around it. It would have a nice nest to settle in. Or a insulated cooler filled with something.


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