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alison

Pressure Cookers

How about an article on taking hte fear out over using a pressure cooker?
Jamanda

Are people frightened of them? If so then yes! We don't use ours much, but I think they come into their own when you have more people to cook for.
Treacodactyl

We don't have one but have considered getting one for cooking things like beans and pulses so it would be useful if that was covered.
alison

I don't know, I don't use mine that much, but if I say to people I have they always say something about the safety element, rather than the nuts and bolts of doing it.
wildfoodie

they're good for beetroot too....
T.G

We used to use ours quite a bit at one time, kind of fell out of favour, I can't recall why.
wildfoodie

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kind of fell out of favour, I can't recall why.

heavy? a bit scary when it hisses? what to do with that weird trivet thing...? what is that for?
I'm gong to take mine out of the cupboard and get to know it again. It's a pretty economical way to cook dense foods.
One of our staple saturday lunchtime/ weekday evening meals when I was a kid was
pressure cooker mince stew...
in the pressure cooker, sweat off an onion, brown your beef mince, add chopped and peeled carrots and potatoes, water or stock and a scattering of frozen peas, and pressure cook for about 6 minutes. Serve.
I'll need to try it to confirm the stock and cooking timings ( I was only 8 at the time ) and as I recall I didn't like the peas as they were that overcooked bleached out green. I think you could add them in after the cooking has finished and the lid is removed if you like a lighter cooked pea.
baldybloke

I use mine quite a bit, especially for stews, soups and gammon joints etc. My late Mum used to do the most amazing steam sponge puddings with lots of golden syrup. Fond memories. In fact when she past away I inherited 5 pressure cookers. Don't know why. Now down to 3.
Jamanda

I use mine quite a bit, especially for stews, soups and gammon joints etc. My late Mum used to do the most amazing steam sponge puddings with lots of golden syrup. Fond memories. In fact when she past away I inherited 5 pressure cookers. Don't know why. Now down to 3.


She did the steamed pudding in the pressure cooker? I never thought of that. I suppose it cuts down the cooking time drastically.
T.G

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kind of fell out of favour, I can't recall why.

heavy? a bit scary when it hisses? what to do with that weird trivet thing...? what is that for?


I quiet like the hissy noise it makes Smile It is heavy though, I think it was more when we weren't cooking for a large number or amount it seemed quicker to cook with a pan. Whether it was or not was never tested really.
baldybloke

celery soup

Pressure cooking reduces the cooking time by quite a bit. A stew usually takes 10 minutes prep time and 25 minutes cooking. I often do a pot of celery soup which couldn't be easier.
Melt 1oz of butter or oil and gently fry a small onion. Meanwhile roughly chop a head of celery, leaves and all, and rinse. Add to the pot with a bayleaf. Add a pint and a half of veggie stock, I use Boullion. Put the lid on and bring up to pressure. Cook for 10 minutes, then release pressure quickly by putting the cooker in the sink and pouring cold water over it. Then take the lid off, blitz the contents and serve. Simples
bagpuss

gammon hock and soaked black beans

Other than an easy way to do chicken stock my favourite pressure cooker recipe is a gammon hock and soaked black beans cooked in about 30-40 minutes in cider or cherry coke or something similar and then ideally leave it for a few hours to come down in pressure and absorb all the flavours

You can add lime juice and spring onions to make a lovely soup blended or not

You can add the meat and beans and some stock with onions and carrots an make a sort of pilaf

If there is only 2 of you the meat for the hock can certainly make 3 meals

One important thing to remember with a pressure cooker it not to fill it to much, 2/3rds is recommended
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