Cooking Under Pressure

Pressure Cookers and Uses in the 20th Century, Now on view until April 29th


This holiday season if you need to cook beans quickly or plan to do some canning or preserving, you may be reaching for your pressure cooker. Pressure cookers are extremely popular, modern kitchen tools that make cooking quick and easy. But did you know that the pressure cooker pre-dates the steam engine? Cooking Under Pressure is an exhibit that explores the history of the pressure cooker and its common uses in the 20th Century.

“While researching this unique topic, I came across some really interesting facts and found some local-made recipe books,” Gaston County Museum’s Curator, Alicyn Wiedrich, said. “I hope the community will come out and see us this holiday season in between all of the cooking!”

Cooking Under Pressure: Pressure Cookers and Uses in the 20th Century will be open from November 22, 2022 through April 29, 2023. The Gaston County Museum is free to experience.

Visit the Gaston County Museum of Art & History from 10am-5pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 10am-3pm on Saturdays. You can call (704) 922-7681 for more details. For questions about Cooking Under Pressure or other exhibits, please contact Alicyn Wiedrich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.