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Dec 10, 2012 09:24 AM

Do you pressure cook?

I have always been a big slow cooker, but recently I am really getting in to my pressure cooker. I find the food that comes out of the PC tastes much better than that I cook in my slow cooker. Who out there pressure cooks and if so any tips or recipe suggestions.

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  1. I have not had good luck with a slow cooker and have never owned a pressure cooker. But then I have no need to get a braised dish on the table quickly so the hours it spends either on the stove or in the oven are just fine with me--I like the control of the final product using those methods.

    1. I don't use my PC for cooking per se, but for instances when I want to expedite the softening of meats, and beans. Even then I only take it half way.

      1. I'm of two minds about getting one.

        On one hand, I'd only use it for Jamaican oxtail.

        On the other hand I love oxtail.

        1. I don't use it as much as I ought to, but I do use it and love having it. Take beans for example. If I'm organized, I'll make them in the slow cooker, but between soaking time and cooking time, that requires me planning a day in advance. If I'm not so organized (often the case), they go into the pressure cooker, unsoaked, and cook quickly enough that they are doable on a weeknight.

          1. Get a good newish PC cookbook. I use an older edition of Lorna Sass's book. It has loads of tips and recipes.

            I find that you will still have to determine times for yourself, but having a good guidebook to give counsel is helpful to someone starting out with a cooker. There are some blogs devoted to the PC. I don't remember which ones, but someone here will point you in the right directions, no doubt.

            Here are my tips:

            Use lower pressure, by regulating the heat or the cooker itself, if possible, for most cooking.

            Don't fill the cooker much past 1/2 full. (My big mistake early on.)

            Try to convert a tried and true recipe to the cooker. That way you are more likely to use it.

            Use it to assist with dishes. Cook your beans in it, and add to recipes, for instance. Make chicken broth in it to add to dishes. That sort of thing.

            I cook dried beans, potatoes for mashing, potatoes and sauerkraut and sausage, chickens for broth, beef stew and soup. Have fun!