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Anyone own and use Pressure Cooker ?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I just bought a 6 qt Pressure Cooker from Costco ( an impulse - heard it could save time cooking - buying desicion) . . . It came with a few recipes but nothing too interesting. I will do some research on the web but any good meal ideas and if you do own one do you use it and was it worth it ? Thanks
post #2 of 18
We own one and use it occasionally. I'm glad we have it, because it really does save a lot of time. It just isn't the first thing I reach for.

I can cook a pot roast in there in 20 minutes. And the meat is SUPER tender.

I haven't quite figured out the veggie thing though. Veggies need less time than the meat, or they get too soft.
post #3 of 18
my college bf's mom was an amaaaaazing cook, and she used one all the time. i recall she used to make pasta in it and it only took a few minutes, and it always came out perfectly al dente. she had the timing down to a science.
post #4 of 18
What's the difference between a pressure cooker and a crock pot? (though 20 mintues for a pot roast certainly doesn't seem to be possible in a crock pot, right?)
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Crockpot is cooks slow on lower heat. Pressure cooker cooks super high heat under pressure.

Thanks for answers ! I'm going to try the pot roast tonight. I am a little afraid of it though . . .
post #6 of 18
My pressure cooker came with a book that explained the "science" behind it. Basically the pressure cooker has a rubber seal on it. As the pot heats up, the heat causes the pot to essentially vacuum seal itself. Under these high pressures, water boils at a higher temp than normal, so the food cooks MUCH faster. (The same priniciple is why water boils at a higher temp at sea level vs here in Colorado. Higher altitude = lower air pressure)

When you're done, you can either let the pot cool to break the seal, or you can release the pressure with a special valve (it really depends on what you're making as to which release method you use).

Like a crockpot, you must have liquid in the pot for it to work.
post #7 of 18
Pressure cookers are great. I use mine all the time to cook soups, whole grains and one pot meals. They really do save time (and are said to preserve nutrients as well). Take a look at Lorna Sass's books (you can google her). She has several books on pressure cooker cuisine,
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you ! I'll google her.
post #9 of 18
I was just going to recommend Lorna Sass. I have one of her books, and it was great when I first got my pressure cooker.

They're very popular in Egypt... my MIL uses hers to cook almost anything. Beans, meats, etc.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 

Success !

I made a delicious beef soup last night. I had some leftover pot roast to use so I chopped it up added veggies, stock, spices etc and 20 minutes later we had the most amazing soup ! The potatos were cooked perfectly not too mushy. mmmm. Worth every penny. Can't wait to use it again. I also googled 'pressure cooker' and got some great sites.
post #11 of 18
my grandma uses hers all the time. (i would like to buy one but low on funds) beans, potatoes and spare rib are things that she uses it for most often.
post #12 of 18
I mostly have used mine to cook dried beans quickly but it is interesting to hear what others use theirs for!
post #13 of 18
I have one, haven't used it, I am deathly afraid of it. lol

I guess I've spent too much time as a burn nurse....
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post #15 of 18
Autoemesiss, the new pressure cookers have more than one safety valve are much much safer than the old bobble-top ones.

This is a great resource:
post #16 of 18
Ive considered getting one but never knew anyone who had one so wasnt sure it was worth it.....would love to read favorite recipes by other posters!
post #17 of 18
I have 3 pressure cookers of different sizes, so I can use the one that is better sized for the food I am cooking. I don't use them as much as I used to, I am living in an apartment at the time, but I use mine for meats, stews, soups, and just about anything I can get in the cooker. I also use mine for canning as well. The can be a little scary at first but once you get the hang of them you will be hooked for life.
post #18 of 18
I use ours all the time. It is great for brown rice (and we live in Japan where EVERYBODY has an electric rice cooker) and beans, and root veggies.
Yesterday I put some chopped potatoes and carrots and some satueed onions in there, let it come to a boil (mine makes a whistling sound) shut it off, released the pressure and voila, soup. We eat soup for breakfast so this really saves time. For most veggies I do the release pressure method. Great for barley soup, beans etc.. as others have mentioned.
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