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Citizen complaint of the day: Oh, come on, really, you're using a pressure cooker as a space saver?

Pressure cooker space saver

A concerned citizen filed a 311 report this morning about how somebody on N Street in South Boston decided to use a pressure cooker as a space saver:

Probably not the best idea given Boston's history with this type of device. Please pick up the pressure cooker.

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Yikes. The lack of self-awareness needed to choose that as a space saver is astounding.

Or it was intentional, and that person is just a dick.

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Meh, I wouldn't assume everyone knows every detail of a bombing that happened years ago. Especially those new to the city and young (and that's the key demo in Southie).

I'll hold my outrage despite "the optics."

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It hasn’t even been ten years. People died! Hundreds of people lost limbs/became disfigured. The entire state was locked down. And I personally will never forget the sounds and mayhem it caused. That trauma is not to be downplayed. I hope it was a harmless mistake because if it was intentional, that’s some sick shit.

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They could have called 911 instead.

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Or it was intentional, and that person is just a dick.

Of course the person is a dick . Who else would be trying to lay personal claim to a parking space this late after a snowfall?

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...given the potential overreaction by civilians and law enforcement...

however, that's an Instant Pot - looks almost exactly like the one in my kitchen. While technically pressure cookers, they definitely have the pressure escape valves et al or they would never be as popular as they are.

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Me and my Instant Pot have a hate-hate relationship. I can see using it as a space saver.

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4 years ago I had an ex roommate forget his and leave it behind.

It has an inch of dust on it now.. and after seeing this, I might give it to someone as a space saver.

I like my single use appliances better... crockpot, rice maker. I was never a fan of pressure cooked foods, even in the 70s when the old *pspsps* cookers were popular.

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I love that name! I have one of them and it does indeed go *pspsps*.

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and drew a blank.. there's a name for that thingy on the top.

I just remember being scared of the damn thing if the pspsp thingy was taken off.

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Mine is primarily used to cook things that can take a very long time otherwise, and to keep the house cool on summer nights.

I cook pork roast and chicken breast until they can be shredded for quick meals involving tortillas.

I also use it for curry in the summer - takes little time, comes out great.

I've even dusted off the old porcupine meatball recipe.

Using it a bit less now that the fledglings have fledged, but it is still a great intentional leftover machine.

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This Libertarian voter likes that name.

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They were terrifying. My father used them often and was always afraid it would blow up!!!

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The instapot works as both a rice maker and a crockpot, the pressure is totally optional. great for small kitchens where single use appliances are a struggle to store.

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I got rid of all my other single-use appliances, except for the electric grill (with a cast-iron grate) after getting the Instapot. 10-minute rice. Chili comes out as tasty, and quicker than in the slow-cooker. I can sear meat AND roast it in one device, and faster than in the oven. To me it really is all it's hyped up to be (haven't figured out a way yet to make it useful for brewing beer, a bit too small to do a mash)

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Instant Pots are exactly that: pressure cookers with a brain and an electric heating element. That's it. The brain lets them do things like act as a slow cooker too. The electric heating element means you don't need to monitor it on a stove. But both are irrelevant to turning it into a bomb.

Anything that can gather pressure is potentially dangerous if used improperly. There's no difference between this and the vessels used at the marathon or your average pipe bomb. You just break the release valve and fill it with explosive and shrapnel. To be honest, depending on how much explosive you use, I'm not even sure the release valve matters. You're just looking for a sealed vessel that will contain the pressure wave as long as possible so the container fails and explodes outwards instead of just popping the lid off. Pressure cookers are built to contain pressure to some standard amount. Explosives go past that limit (faster than any release valve).

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All pressure cookers -from the aluminum Presto Model 60 with the bakelite handle that someone gave to my parents as a wedding gift in 1964, and was then passed on to me about twenty years ago (after getting a new gasket set and pressure regulator (aka rocker or jigger), it was as good as new), to the Instant Pot that replaced it a year or so ago- have safety valves that release pressure safely in the event of overpressurization. Once the pressure goes over a certain point a small circular rubber plug on the cover will pop out and release the steam as if one removed the jigger on an old style pressure cooker or turned the valve to venting on an Instant Pot. The vintage Model 60 is spending its retirement at our vacation home up near Swiftwater, NH, restored (with even newer gaskets, emergency release valve and regulator) and ready for use, in case anyone gets a hankering for a pot roast or a quickly cooked casserole.

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Free instacooker with use of parking space.

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of the grace period for space savers in the benighted neighborhoods that allow them.

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It was just 45 for two days, and the remaining piles obstructing spaces can either be driven over or hacked away in minutes. I went to the bar last night and didn't even bother to mark the spot I had just vacated. Was there when I got back.

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So if were a bomb and it exploded there, it would cause minimum damage. However in my neighborhood it is trash day. Would be picked up today. You could put in some remote control and use a simple tracker to wait for it to be in a more busy location. But I guess you would need a larger object to bust open a trash truck. Not that anyone has ever used a larger object as a space saver.

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you are on a list.

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Pressure cookers were invented in the seventeenth century and, in the form of the Instant Pot, have become extremely popular in recent years, but yeah, sure, let's never let them be seen in public again because one was used in a terrorist attack. That's a totally logical response.

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...it's not like it was somebody's child banned from the playground because of its unsightly appearance. Pressure cookers normally live in a kitchen or in a store -- since when do they have a need to "be seen in public"?

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Are you suggesting the street is an appropriate place for a pressure cooker to be?

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If you're using it as a space saver, yeah.

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Too soon?

Should have typed on some D-cells and hooked up some LEDs to it, so people understood.

Although if they were pranking as historic reference, they'd have put it in a backpack.

Next time prop the lid open, Dumbass.

And use a LARGER space saver.

Wouldn't an SUV or 'roided-out pickup have enough ground clearance?

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This never would have happened in old Southie.

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Where do they think they live, Beacon Hill?

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Say what you want about Whitey Bulger, but at least he kept the pressure cookers out of Southie!

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Those things are like 90$ on sale for the most basic unit, if that works it seems like an odd thing to risk getting taken....

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