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Don
Monday, January 14, 2008, 3:40am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Anyone have any experience with a pressure cooker?
What do you use it for?
Do you think it is worth having one?
Do you use it often?

Anything I should be aware of concerning the use of a pressure cooker?




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I use mine to make broth, soup and rice. I have two sizes large and small.
I never leave it unattended.

I know that is saves energy by cutting your time in half.
I have a stainless steel one.

I also like my cast iron cookware.


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Pressure cooker is used for making rice and lentils in India. However this was never the norm pre70's as rice was prepared by boiling and straining away the cooked water. (the strained water is a very nutritious drink with a pinch of salt. it's also a natural hair conditioner. but i digress)What I personally found was that rice cooked in the pressure cooker retains all the starch and you tend to consume more, in comparison to the boiling & straing method.

You can cook lentils & beans too. As for these, the scum & froth which boils up during regular cooking gets trapped along with the cooked lentils. Not good in my opinion.

I have seen many people using the pressure cooker for cooking meat. Apparently you get more tender meat.

You can also use it as a steamer, sans the weight.



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My mother cooked with pressure cookers.  It was useful for cooking things that would have taken a really long time, and did a very good job.  However, it would not be worth it for me to have one at this point in my life.  

But I'm thinking you could make short work of cooking your pot of greens.  



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But I'm thinking you could make short work of cooking your pot of greens.  

Except now my favorite collard greens are only neutral for me.  



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I haven't used on in over 15 years, so I have no idea how well the latest ones work.  They do cook things very fast, so if you need to save time it might be worth the investment.


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..Anything I should be aware of concerning the use of a pressure cooker?


Always try to use a Stainless Steel one - Many these days are Aluminium...
Also there are some models {a few years ago they were all German like the Fagor} these days that don't vent like the older models {with the little weight on Top} - THey say these retain more nutrients, but it does take a little more watching at certain stages and uses a special gasket.

Small ones are nice for fixing small meals {especially for the single person} of beans & Rice on quick - A large one is the only way to go if you consider getting into canning/preserving.



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I made collards in my pressure cooker, but my family liked them better cooked long in a large cast iron pan.

I will be making a pea soup today with my pressure cooker.
I really like celery in pea soup it makes all the difference in the world.



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Quoted from Don
Anyone have any experience with a pressure cooker?
What do you use it for?
Do you think it is worth having one?
Do you use it often?

Anything I should be aware of concerning the use of a pressure cooker?




I love my pressure cooker (stainless steel) and use it for a lot of things, such as quick-soaking beans (pre-soak), cooking beans, making soups, etc. It's especially good for cooking artichokes (cuts the time significantly). It's also a great pot to use for soups, without the seal. Nice and heavy.


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I love my pressure cooker too! I have two sizes and use it to make stews, cook meat, veggies and especially soup.

For my favorite soup, great in the winter time, I cut up a whole bunch of veggies (turnips, pumpkin, whole fennel, broccoli, fresh spinach, a bouquet of fresh parsley, a couple cloves of garlic, and onion). Some times I add a little cumin spice or ginger, then I fill the pressure cooker half full of water, add salt and let it all cook for 15 minutes. Then I have a hand mixer and I puree everything together. It's delish. I make a lot at a time and then I freeze individual servings so that I always have some kind of benefical veggies around to pop in the microwave when I don't have time to cook.

I'm a big fan of cooking artichokes in my pressure cooker as well.

Voilà!


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We have one and should use it more, we used it a lot when I ate chicken you could put a whole one in it with some veggies and 40 minutes or so later it was chicken soup. I don't know why I haven't done this with turkey thanks for the reminder.
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The pressure cooker that I can get is a German Chantal 6 quart enameled pan with stainless steel lid and steamer basket.

I am still trying to figure out if it would be useful for my type of cooking. Or maybe it would open up some new cooking avenues to me.


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Don your greens would get done so much faster and you cook them every day right? Plus meat is finished so much faster than in the oven or top of stove.  You would probably find many uses for it. Linda
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But cooking speed normally isn't my biggest concern because I cook plenty of the things that take a longer, like roasts or a big pot of collard greens.

So what if a roast takes a couple of hours in the oven. I have to stand there and watch it.

And the collard greens are just one large bunch so I can't see myself only cooking some of them at a time. What would I do with the rest of them? Since they are so large they don't fit well in the refrigerator.

I can see where it would help with cooking beans, but I don't eat them that often or in large amounts.


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Quoted from Don
But cooking speed normally isn't my biggest concern because I cook plenty of the things that take a longer, like roasts or a big pot of collard greens.

So what if a roast takes a couple of hours in the oven. I have to stand there and watch it.

And the collard greens are just one large bunch so I can't see myself only cooking some of them at a time. What would I do with the rest of them? Since they are so large they don't fit well in the refrigerator.

I can see where it would help with cooking beans, but I don't eat them that often or in large amounts.


Well, these are all my thoughts on the subject also, and that's why I don't have one.  They are fantastic if you are canning large amounts of produce and time is of the essence, but otherwise . . ?



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Mum used several sizes of pressure cooker many years ago (ran a guest house). We bought a stainless steel one several years ago but gave up as it does something to our digestion! Both self & hubby feel a bit off, espec with chicken, or meat dishes. Weird. Loved the taste/texture & how tender etc. Really miss the convenience. We followed recommended cooking times etc. Only use it now without the pressure. Good for a dried bean and veg casserole etc. Does anyone else have probs like this?


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I seem to be always pressed for time to get supper on quickly after work and when I don't use my slow cooker, the pressure cooker works extremely well.  I use it for:

soup from beef soup bones
chicken soup/turkey soup
pea soup
goulash
stew (beef and chicken)
chicken cacciatore (my own version with compliant ingredients)
braising beef ribs to get ready for the bar b que
pulled beef (chuck or rump roasts that might take 9 hours in a conventional oven that take about 1 hour in a pressure cooker).


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But cooking speed normally isn't my biggest concern because I cook plenty of the things that take a longer, like roasts or a big pot of collard greens.
It is claimed that the shorter the cooking time the more nutritional values are retained (preserved) during the cooking process.


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It is claimed that the shorter the cooking time the more nutritional values are retained (preserved) during the cooking process.

That may be true all other things being equal, but the reason a pressure cooker cooks faster is because of the higher temperature that can be achieved at a higher pressure.



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I use the pressure cooker only to cook beans, and then freeze most of them and eat them little by little.  I don't like the idea of cooking meat at high temperature/pressure.  And you have to watch them carefully.  I've had more than a few blowups when something gets caught on the valve thing.  I bought mine back when I was still doing vegan, and would not buy one now.
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Anyone have any experience with a pressure cooker?
What do you use it for?Do you think it is worth having one?
Do you use it often?Anything I should be aware of concerning the use of a pressure cooker?


I love my pressure cooker; had it for 20 years.  It's quick, and retains both nutrients and taste.  I always use if for rice, and soups, spaghetti sauce. And when I'm really in a hurry, for fresh vegetables.  Mine came with a little cookbook, which helps.

Very important to read instructions carefully.  Can be dangerous, (burns from steam,) if used improperly. Judy 0Oo so grateful for my pressure cooker. P.S. can also be used for meat, as long as you brown it first.  


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..made collards in my pressure cooker, but my family liked them better cooked long in a large cast iron pan. I will be making a pea soup today with my pressure cooker. I really like celery in pea soup it makes all the difference..


Yes, I've made them in pressure cooker, too, but family prefers them sauteed in fresh garlic and olive oil, (any greens.) It does make great pea soup, (and must have the celery, and onions, in my opinion.) Judy


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