For years, the humble pressure cooker has been a staple in South Asian kitchens. Our mothers used it to cook entire meals in under an hour — turning gristly, inexpensive cuts of meat or ordinary vegetables into succulent curries. But after the Boston bombers turned the pressure cooker into bombs loaded with ball bearings and nails, the pressure cooker became a center of controversy.
Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield took advantage of the occasion to post a picture of an “Assault Pressure Cooker” on his personal blog, mocking Senator Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons ban. Retailer Williams-Sonoma removed pressure cookers from the shelves of Massachusetts stores — but has put them back in place. And Washington Post Digital Foreign Editor Anup Kaphle live-tweeted instructions on how to use a pressure cooker to make (what we assume is) a delicious lamb curry with “dark-skinned potatoes.” Below are 10 tweets that tell you everything about pressure cookers you never wanted to know. And just for the heck of it, Queen and David Bowie’s song, “Under Pressure.”
I’ve never used a pressure cooker to make food. I’m thinking it would be totally awkward to buy one anytime soon.
— J.S. (@jzoni) April 28, 2013
Gave wife a pressure cooker for Christmas, glad we got it before background checks were required to get one!Cooked great pork roast today.
— William Tubb (@bronsont) April 28, 2013
I guess now is a bad time to go shopping for a pressure cooker. Believe it or not my mom and I aren’t on an FBI watch list yet.
— Ryan Johnson (@RJ10x) April 25, 2013
Bad time to be shopping online for a pressure cooker. Please, FBI, don’t kick in my door. Let there be #freedom enough for veggie canning.
— Andrew Peterson (@hopedogmatics) April 29, 2013
I’m just saying, if I’m buying a pressure cooker solely for the purpose of blowing it up, I’m going cheaper than Williams-Sonoma
— Brandon Larrabee (@BylineBrandon) April 23, 2013
— Aarti Virani (@aartivirani) April 24, 2013
I can’t even look at my pressure cooker
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) April 19, 2013
How is a pressure cooker considered a weapon of mass destruction but not a semi-automatic assault rifle?
— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) April 22, 2013
the only thing that can fight a bad guy with a pressure cooker bomb, is a good guy with a pressure cooker bomb.
— aasif mandvi (@aasif) April 19, 2013
— Kristina N. (@kristinizzle) April 23, 2013