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I was listening to "Sounds Like Canada" on CBC this morning and they were talking about the pros and cons of pressure cookers.<br><br>
My mother had one, but I don't remember what she used it for, just that I was scared of it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Does anyone here have one? Used to have one, but no more? What do you like about them? What did you dislike about tehm?<br><br>
I can't imagine buying any more kitchen "stuff" that I would have to store in my basement, I am just curious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We have one. We don't use it that often, but when we do it is awesome. You just can't beat having a pot roast ready in 30 minutes.
 

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We have a pressure canner that we use almost weekly. We use to can all sorts of foods, but lately our favorite has been to can leftover soup. DH and I both tend to make soup in *huge* batches. It used to mean that we ate soup for a whole week. Now we can eat it for one meal and preserve the rest using our pressure canner.
 

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I don't like them. I'd rather freeze stuff then can, except for fruits and jams. I used to make chicken stock and can it, but it's just way too easy to freeze, and I use it within a few months anyways. And I got a horrible steam burn once from the defective valve. NOT a pretty sight!<br><br>
ETA: I didn't like them much for meats either, I prefer braising/roasting etc in the oven.
 

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I love it! We use it all the time, for everything from beans to stews to risotto. (Yes, risotto in 4 minutes.) We have a Fagor, which I like a lot, and it has all kinds of safety mechanisms... which makes my dh happy, given that the last one was inherited from my grandmother, a 1940s jiggle-top with NO safety features. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">:
 

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I use a pressure cooker all the time– great for cooking lentils, beans, whole grains etc in a very short time and for one pot meals. We are vegetarian, but I'm sure they are very convenient for cooking meat dishes.<br><br>
They can be used as regular pots as well, so that can help cut down on the number of pots that you own. The modern ones are really absolutely safe. I have a Kuhn Rikon (made in Switzerland) that I got on sale. Food tastes very good in them, the nutrients are preserved and they use very little energy. I vastly prefer using a pressure cooker to a crock pot.<br><br>
Lorna Sass has a number of cookbooks with good recipes for the pressure cooker.<br><br><a href="http://www.lornasass.com/cookbooks/cookbook-overview/#pressure_cooking" target="_blank">http://www.lornasass.com/cookbooks/c...essure_cooking</a>
 

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I use my pressure cooker several times a week, usually because I forget to cook beans until it's getting late in the day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Mine is a jiggle-top, but it's a new one so it's safe to use, won't explode. I do make sure the timer comes with me if I leave the kitchen, so that I don't forget about it!
 
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