Back when I was a kid, my mother used a pressure cooker.. A big, heavy, cumbersome steel thing. I used to be terrified of it, because to would go “off” unexpectantly and menacingly shoot hissing jets of steam at me.
Still, in theory, cooking with pressurized steam seemed (and still seems) a good idea. Incredible shortened cooking time, saving energy, etcetera.
But nowadays, pressure cookers seem to have entirely vanished from modern kitchens. No-one that I know still uses them. Not even the people I know who’ll otherwise want to own every cooking gadget on the market. !
So what’s the deal on pressure cookers? Have they just gone out of fashion, like the vegetable-juicer and the cheese-fondue-set? Have they improved since the seventies? Does anyone still own and use one? Should I get one?