It used to be simple. You got out your pressure cooker and it did its thing. It did one thing.
It didn’t matter that it weighed a ton, or that you had to strain and wrench muscles to get it because it was always stored way in the back. And it didn’t matter that it only did one thing. Because that one thing it did, it did it very well.
But the humble pressure cooker, invented in 1679 (1) like so many other things started small and simple. The first home model, designed in 1939, quickly made its way into almost 40% of the households in the US. It was fast, it was modern, it was efficient. But the lowly pressure cooker is now seen as oh so 20th century and has declined to only be found in around 20% of American households.
But take heart, the once simple and humble pressure cooker has made a comeback. Reinvented and replaced by scientific advancements and technology. Behold the marvel of the 21st-century kitchen: the multicooker. It can do so much more than just pressure cook.
You can also use it to make soups and broths. Its low and constant temperature setting makes it ideal for making yogurt or proofing dough.
Yes, watch the multicooker simply and efficiently take you to cooking paradise.
Or does it?
Cooking for the holidays should be more than just about the cheapest and easiest way to do it. It’s a personal statement of how important other people are. The investment of time, energy, and resources reflect who we are, how we feel about the people we’re sharing it with, our affection for them.
Let me ask you a question: do you want the cheapest, fastest, or do you want something that took time, talent, treasure?
Do unto others as you would have done to you. – The Golden Rule
Love your neighbor as yourself. – Jesus Christ
We all like to be treated well, with respect. So, as we cook for the holidays, let’s do the same for our family, friends, neighbors, guests, and even strangers.
(1) Yes, that’s right, the pressure cooker was invented in 1679 by French physicist Denis Papin.