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Catalog Number 2015.044.001
Object Name Cookware
Description This Minitmaid pressure cooker was used by a local homemaker who travelled from Anacortes to Bremerton and back. During World War II rationing this classic kitchen appliance was used to quickly soften and cook "alternative meats" -- feeding large hungry families and saving precious time for the homemaker who was working an extra part-time job to help make ends meet, and to support the war effort.

Unlike modern pressure cookers which have lids interlocking from the top, this pressure cooker lid is inserted into the pot and then screwed on pulling the lid to under the rim of the of the pot.

Minitmaid is no longer in business. It was manufactured by Advanced Aluminum Castings Corp. in Chicago, Illinois from about 1934 until shortly after the end of WWII. These massive cast aluminum vessels had black wood caring handles (although this one has metal handles). There is no source for replacement gaskets or other parts.
Caption Pressure Cooker c. 1940
Credit line Donated by Russell Brown, March 2015
Search Terms pressure cooker
aluminum
Minitmaid
gasket
Subjects Food tool & equipment
Home Life