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Pressure cooker

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Pressure Cooker on Induction Burner” (CC BY 2.0) by Didriks

The most common kitchen appliance used today, the pressure cooker was invented by French scientist, Denis Papin in 1679.

He introduced a device named ‘digester’ and presented it before the Royal society in London. The steam digester cooked food under high pressure at temperatures much higher than those achieved in a pan. The steam built up increased the boiling point of water and cooked food in less time. The dinner served at the Royal society impressed quite a few!

The pressure cooker was a precursor to ‘autoclave’, a device used to sterilise medical equipment. Pressure cooker saves a lot of fuel. Thus making it highly energy efficient.

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