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Old 04-03-2016, 10:30 AM   #1
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Small Hawkins Pressure Cooker

Not sure where to post this so it would get the most traffic. I bought a 1.5 liter pressure cooker off Amazon. The make them for the Indian market. They have a different sealing technique and it doesn't stress the gasket. Also there is a "safety valve" made of pot metal, that melts in the event it runs dry/pressure builds to exploding levels. I have a comment somewhere on the Hawkins website about how much I like this.. What is amusing to me is all the commentators with Indian names LOVED using this and all the Americans (with the exception of one, a guy who had NO pressure cooker experience at all and bought it for camping trips) hated it. So far I have cooked lamb for scotch broth, split pea soup and dried black beans in it. Enough to serve 2 with little leftover
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Old 04-03-2016, 05:06 PM   #2
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If the safety valve melts, can be be replaced? Or do you then throw away the cooker?

My wife would never own a pressure cooker until she spotted the electric Instant Pot, and asked me to buy her one for Christmas a year ago. She likes using it.
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Old 04-03-2016, 07:12 PM   #3
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I just purchased a "new" little, old 3 qt. PC from ebay. It is electric, but it is not digital, so it is a lot smaller in over all size than a digital, but has a larger capacity. It was made by Presto in the 70s. It is called a Weecookerie.

Before purchasing, I made certain replace parts are all available. Replaced the gasket and fuse immediately. That is the beauty of Presto.

I have the electric 6 qt. also, but the 3 is more Casita friendly, especially when it is just the two of use. Good for sides when group camping.

I always carry a non electric on "just in case".
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:04 PM   #4
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Mike- yes you can buy extra safety valves. I bought an extra valve, and an extra gasket when I bought the Hawkins. BTW the company has been around almost 50 years, I don't know why Google has never brought it up for me. Never found it till my dear son law suggesting searching on Amazon! Leur voila'!
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:48 AM   #5
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Mitzi:
I still have and have used my camping GSI Hard Anodized 3.3L Pressure Cooker for a bunch of years and also am a real fan.
<http://www.gleasoncamping.com/hardanodizedextremepressurecooker.aspx>
Even at 3.3L, I find it somewhat small. The newer GSI Halulite is built differently and is 2.7L, but that's close to the same capacity. Their safety systems are slightly different but neither use destructive methods and can be reused without replacing parts in the case of an accidental overpressure. In mine, any higher pressure would slowly push open the lid and pressure would escape around the rim. It's never happened.
At home, I use my Presto Stovetop and my electric Cuisinart units with great success. Like Crockpots, they make great one pot meals, but are also handy for other things. Each June, for our church, we make up 5 dozen hard boiled eggs in the electric pressure cooker in 4 batches which take just over an hour for all, about 20min for each 15 eggs. When camping, stews, chilli, ribs, and spaghetti sauces are most common.
Enjoy yours.
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BIG fan of pressure cookers! And I also do a lot of pressure canned meals-in-jars that we like to take in the camper!
Talk about easy peasy!


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Small Hawkins Pressure Cooker

A timely post for me, so thank you.

I got the instant pot almost a year ago, and use it several times a week. I am seriously thinking about getting a small, stovetop pressure cooker for my trailer. I usually boondock, so an electric PC isn't practical for me. But ... I can also use the stovetop PC at home to augment my IP.

I'm getting ready for winter camping & I'm hoping this will be a valuable addition to my galley.
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BIG fan of pressure cookers! And I also do a lot of pressure canned meals-in-jars that we like to take in the camper!
Talk about easy peasy!
Say more!!! From a new, smitten InstaPot owner.

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From the makers of the canning jars Ball and Kerr brands...link to their instructions for DIY safe pressure cooker canning. They wrote it out step by step
https://www.freshpreserving.com/pressure-canning.html
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