Cooking appliances

Small Dry Legumes

I am decribing the lentils and other small dry legumes, as opposed to small phaseolus beans (including black turtle beans). Such legumes are commonly sold as dry grain; some canned lentils are available. Some were sold in bulk food stores and as bulk foods in grocery stores. The availability of bulk products was affected in …

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Instant Pots and Pressure Multi-cookers

Ffor 10-15 years, 2006-2020 multi-cookers were electric pressure cookers with: a heating element in a round plate below the cooking vessel, stainless or non-stick metal pots, sensors, a control panel and a programmed control responding to feedback from the sensors. Midea of Guangdong Province, China patented a multi-cooker in 2006. Fagor America and its European …

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Instant Pot

The principals of Double Insight developed the Instant Pot pressure multi-cooker in 2008-9. It was on the market by 2012, and took off in 2015-6 with social media and presence in Amazon Market Place. “Instant Pot” is not a trade mark like Vacuum Cleaner or Bandaid. Instant Pot launched a sous-vide heater in 2018, and …

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Slow Cookers

I used a slow cooker for many years. I have invested time and effort in learning that method of cooking. Slow cookers braise food in liquid at low heat. Most slow cookers made from the 1950s to the early 21st century used ceramic crocks heated by a single electric heating element- low powered and poorly …

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Pots and Pans

The hypothesis of Catching Fire is that cooking food was a learned cultural practice that affected the physiological evolution of human beings. It used “external” energy to make eating and digesting food take less time and liberated people to get on with life. Ceramic cooking vessels were the dominant technology in societies in which people …

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