Survival Kitchen–Is a Pressure Cooker the Survivalist’s Microwave?

Could a small pressure cooker be the survivalist’s answer to microwave cooking? I think the answer could be Yes. I read about a woman who uses a 5 quart pressure cooker for cooking everyday meals.

There are a good many benefits for doing so. For one thing, pressure cookers are quieter, safer and more convenient to use than in days past. Because food heats faster under pressure, much less energy is used to cook it, but you won’t heat up your kitchen. Cleanup is easy, too, since things won’t boil over.

Cooking is obviously done much faster than in a slow cooker, making time saving a real plus. Food cooks 70% faster under pressure. For example, rice or pasta that would take 15 minutes to cook will take about 5minutes. The texture, flavor and nutrition of your food stays in.

Pressure cookers come in sizes from 2-21 quarts, or even larger. A 5 quart size, such as the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top Model Energy Efficient Pressure Cooker, would be manageable for making meals or useful for small canning jobs.

This particular pressure cooker is made from stainless steel with solid aluminum core in the base and heats quickly. It has a spring-loaded precision valve, integrated lid locking, and 5 safety releases. It’s dishwasher safe and comes with a 10 year warranty.

Back to my querry about the survivalist’s substitute for the microwave. If pressure cooking uses 70% less energy for cooking, as is claimed, could a fairly small pressure cooker be purched on a campfire or put onto a camp stove? It seems to me that a pressure cooker would be a fantastic thing to have in the survival kitchen for more than canning vegetables or meat. I’d welcome any feedback you have on this.

If you want recipes to try, get Miss Vickie’s Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes, by Vickie Smith. According to reviews, it has recipes and cooking times for numerous meals, including sandwich stuffings, and desserts. Smith gives a history of pressure cooking as well.

Both the pressure cooker and recipe book are available for ordering when you click on their titles in this post. You’ll be taken to the page where they’re featured, and you can place your order there.

We’ve gotten used to fast, convenient cooking. With a pressure cooker in your survival kitchen, you can still have this, even when we’re deprived of many other conveniences we’ve come to know. Remember, think survival!


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “Survival Kitchen–Is a Pressure Cooker the Survivalist’s Microwave?”

  1. Takes me back — Around 1980, when home microwaves were first hitting the market, but out of our newly-wed price range, my mother-in-law gave me a 5 qt pressure cooker. She called to ask if I was using it & how I liked it. I remember telling her it was great – almost as good as a microwave. 😉

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