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Title: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: TootsNYC on November 20, 2012, 02:23:57 PM
I don't think I really want to buy one, bcs I won't use it often enough, but I've thought about making riced potatoes by cooking russets in the pressure cooker (so I can do them on the stovetop).

How hard is it, really? My mom did it all the time, and I'm not normally a chicken.

But tell me about your experience learning to use one. And what you use it for.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: rashea on November 20, 2012, 02:29:25 PM
It's amazing for making soups. Really, anything that cooks slowly can be sped up.

I guess since I did pressure canning first, the cooker wasn't that scary. I think you need to read the directions carefully, but they are much tougher than they used to be.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: wheeitsme on November 20, 2012, 03:12:11 PM
My DH had us sign up for one for our wedding.  I was a bit dismissive. 

...Until I put in a frozen pot roast and it was falling apart in a little over an hour.


Frozen chicken breasts and a little flavoring liquid - poached chicken in half an hour.

Frozen thick cut boneless pork chops with applesauce, onions and a little liquid - 45 minutes.


Yes.  I love it.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Sophia on November 20, 2012, 04:14:18 PM
Julia Child did a comparison of cooking methods for hard-boiled eggs.  Pressure cooker won. 
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Moonie on November 20, 2012, 04:23:16 PM
I have a digital pressure cooker. It also is a steamer, warmer, and slow cooker. It also browns. When I got it for Christmas from my mother, I thought, "What the heck am I going to do with THIS?"  It has come in very handy...especially for those nights where I forgot to take anything out of the freezer for dinner.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: sparksals on November 20, 2012, 04:42:20 PM
Yep. The modern ones are very safe and easy to use.   I bought one that is too small.  I should have bought the 6 or 8 Sweet monkey fritters! but got the 4 to try it out.  Works very well.  It has a slight learning curve at first. 
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Bluenomi on November 20, 2012, 05:32:08 PM
I have a digital pressure cooker. It also is a steamer, warmer, and slow cooker. It also browns. When I got it for Christmas from my mother, I thought, "What the heck am I going to do with THIS?"  It has come in very handy...especially for those nights where I forgot to take anything out of the freezer for dinner.

I want one of those, the thought of rissotto in 7 minutes is just too tempting!
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Zilla on November 20, 2012, 05:34:20 PM
I don't think I really want to buy one, bcs I won't use it often enough, but I've thought about making riced potatoes by cooking russets in the pressure cooker (so I can do them on the stovetop).

How hard is it, really? My mom did it all the time, and I'm not normally a chicken.

But tell me about your experience learning to use one. And what you use it for.

I boil whole potatoes till fork tender.  Then I use a clean waffle cloth or cheese cloth and peel them.  Then they are perfect for ricing.  The skin and leaving them whole helps them not absorb so much water.  You can also peel them first and then boil them whole if you rather do it that way.  Just an option if you opt not to buy them.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Hmmmmm on November 20, 2012, 05:45:19 PM
I love my pressure cooker.  It's a manual Presto cooker.  I really like it for soups, stew, making stocks, pinto beans and risotto. I've been considering upgrading to an electronic one that slow cooks, and steams. 

I like to use it because it really seals in flavor.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: katycoo on November 20, 2012, 05:58:35 PM
If you want to cook potatoes on the stovetop but don't want to invest in a pressure cooker, why not just boil them in a regular saucepan?  It doesn't take THAT long.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Hmmmmm on November 20, 2012, 06:02:50 PM
Oh, and the manuals are very safe if you follow the simple rule of making sure the pressure release hole is not clogged before cooking. 
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: cicero on November 21, 2012, 02:22:45 AM
thanks for this thread.

My late mother had a pressure cooker but was afraid of it (i think it had exploded once) - i think she used it very rarely to make split pea soup. I am 52, and I am afraid of them, even though so many people rave about them. I do have a slow cooker which i love and which i make my split pea soup in, but that of course takes hours... I have to re-think this.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: TootsNYC on November 21, 2012, 01:34:56 PM
I have a digital pressure cooker. It also is a steamer, warmer, and slow cooker. It also browns. When I got it for Christmas from my mother, I thought, "What the heck am I going to do with THIS?"  It has come in very handy...especially for those nights where I forgot to take anything out of the freezer for dinner.

THAT might be worth the storage space!

Link please?

If you want to cook potatoes on the stovetop but don't want to invest in a pressure cooker, why not just boil them in a regular saucepan?  It doesn't take THAT long.

Because boiling adds water. And because you can do russets/Idaho (for mashed potatoed or gnocchi), which don't boil well. The waxier potatoes boil well, but they don't do mashed or gnocchi (or riced--yum!) well.

My mom was never afraid of hers. She just said, nonchalantly, "Oh, you just have to use them right. It's not that hard, just watch the little valve. You can run a car into a tree too, after all."
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: katycoo on November 21, 2012, 02:20:31 PM
If you want to cook potatoes on the stovetop but don't want to invest in a pressure cooker, why not just boil them in a regular saucepan?  It doesn't take THAT long.

Because boiling adds water. And because you can do russets/Idaho (for mashed potatoed or gnocchi), which don't boil well.

That's not a problem I've ever had provided you drain well.  You're adding liquid to mash them anyway.  But ok.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Zilla on November 21, 2012, 02:27:56 PM
If you want to cook potatoes on the stovetop but don't want to invest in a pressure cooker, why not just boil them in a regular saucepan?  It doesn't take THAT long.

Because boiling adds water. And because you can do russets/Idaho (for mashed potatoed or gnocchi), which don't boil well.

That's not a problem I've ever had provided you drain well.  You're adding liquid to mash them anyway.  But ok.
And if you boil them whole, not an issue either.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Moonie on November 21, 2012, 02:54:31 PM
I have a digital pressure cooker. It also is a steamer, warmer, and slow cooker. It also browns. When I got it for Christmas from my mother, I thought, "What the heck am I going to do with THIS?"  It has come in very handy...especially for those nights where I forgot to take anything out of the freezer for dinner.

THAT might be worth the storage space!

Link please?

www.qvc.com

cook's essentials digital pressure cooker
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: blarg314 on November 21, 2012, 06:09:04 PM

As an aside - for gnocchi, I boil the potatoes whole (making sure not to poke them too much as they cook) and peel, and they work beautifully. Peeling before boiling, though, gives more watery mashed potatoes.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: lady_disdain on November 22, 2012, 04:11:54 AM

As an aside - for gnocchi, I boil the potatoes whole (making sure not to poke them too much as they cook) and peel, and they work beautifully. Peeling before boiling, though, gives more watery mashed potatoes.

I boil the potatoes in small pieces, so it will be faster. When they are tender, I drain well and return to the heat for a little while, to dry them off. Just low heat and an occasional shake of the pan does it nicely.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: sparksals on November 22, 2012, 10:04:27 AM
Here is a direct link to my pressure cooker that I also got from QVC.  Cooks Essentials 4qt Pressure cooker (http://www.qvc.com/CooksEssentials-4qt-Digital-Stainless-Steel-Pressure-Cooker-w-Hinged-Lid.product.K34606.html?refType=IOFFER&refNumber=K22739&sc=K34606-DTLR&cm_sp=UPSELL-_-IOFFER-_-2&relType=IOFFER&refLocation=2) .  I wish I bought the larger version.  Here is a list of all available there: QVC Pressure cookers (http://www.qvc.com/CatalogSearch?langId=-1&storeId=10251&catalogId=10151&keyword=cooksessentials+pressure+cooker) .
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: TootsNYC on November 26, 2012, 12:05:43 PM
If you want to cook potatoes on the stovetop but don't want to invest in a pressure cooker, why not just boil them in a regular saucepan?  It doesn't take THAT long.

Because boiling adds water. And because you can do russets/Idaho (for mashed potatoed or gnocchi), which don't boil well.

That's not a problem I've ever had provided you drain well.  You're adding liquid to mash them anyway.  But ok.

Not for gnocchi, you're snot. And for mashed potatoes, my mother only ever added milk--not water.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: rashea on November 26, 2012, 12:47:32 PM
I don't know if this will help with some of the concerns, but here's one that's pretty self regulating.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Montel-Williams-Living-Well-6-Qt-Pressure-Cooker-with-Accessories-/00/s/NDc2WDUzMA==/$T2eC16J,!yEE9s5jDZI)BQrpE1GHqg~~60_12.JPG)
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: CaptainObvious on November 26, 2012, 02:51:03 PM
If you want to cook potatoes on the stovetop but don't want to invest in a pressure cooker, why not just boil them in a regular saucepan?  It doesn't take THAT long.

Because boiling adds water. And because you can do russets/Idaho (for mashed potatoed or gnocchi), which don't boil well.

That's not a problem I've ever had provided you drain well.  You're adding liquid to mash them anyway.  But ok.

Not for gnocchi, you're snot. And for mashed potatoes, my mother only ever added milk--not water.

What?
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: wheeitsme on November 26, 2012, 02:54:39 PM
If you want to cook potatoes on the stovetop but don't want to invest in a pressure cooker, why not just boil them in a regular saucepan?  It doesn't take THAT long.

Because boiling adds water. And because you can do russets/Idaho (for mashed potatoed or gnocchi), which don't boil well.

That's not a problem I've ever had provided you drain well.  You're adding liquid to mash them anyway.  But ok.

Not for gnocchi, you're snot. And for mashed potatoes, my mother only ever added milk--not water.

What?

I think it was an auto-correct issue.  I think they meant "you're not", LOL ;D
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Moray on November 26, 2012, 02:59:03 PM
If you want to cook potatoes on the stovetop but don't want to invest in a pressure cooker, why not just boil them in a regular saucepan?  It doesn't take THAT long.

Because boiling adds water. And because you can do russets/Idaho (for mashed potatoed or gnocchi), which don't boil well.

That's not a problem I've ever had provided you drain well.  You're adding liquid to mash them anyway.  But ok.

Not for gnocchi, you're snot. And for mashed potatoes, my mother only ever added milk--not water.

Not to be obtuse, but every time I've cooked potatoes in my pressure cooker, I've had to use water. The only difference between that and stovetop is time.

And what does how your mom makes her potatoes have to do with anything?

If you want a pressure cooker, get one. If not, boil them (whole or cut up) and drain them well afterwards. Easy.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: CaptainObvious on November 26, 2012, 03:08:57 PM
If you want to cook potatoes on the stovetop but don't want to invest in a pressure cooker, why not just boil them in a regular saucepan?  It doesn't take THAT long.

Because boiling adds water. And because you can do russets/Idaho (for mashed potatoed or gnocchi), which don't boil well.

That's not a problem I've ever had provided you drain well.  You're adding liquid to mash them anyway.  But ok.

Not for gnocchi, you're snot. And for mashed potatoes, my mother only ever added milk--not water.

Not to be obtuse, but every time I've cooked potatoes in my pressure cooker, I've had to use water. The only difference between that and stovetop is time.

And what does how your mom makes her potatoes have to do with anything?

If you want a pressure cooker, get one. If not, boil them (whole or cut up) and drain them well afterwards. Easy.

A pressure cooker doesn't work unless you add somekind of liquid to it. You are still boiling your food, just at a higher temperature.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Moray on November 26, 2012, 03:11:00 PM
If you want to cook potatoes on the stovetop but don't want to invest in a pressure cooker, why not just boil them in a regular saucepan?  It doesn't take THAT long.

Because boiling adds water. And because you can do russets/Idaho (for mashed potatoed or gnocchi), which don't boil well.

That's not a problem I've ever had provided you drain well.  You're adding liquid to mash them anyway.  But ok.

Not for gnocchi, you're snot. And for mashed potatoes, my mother only ever added milk--not water.

Not to be obtuse, but every time I've cooked potatoes in my pressure cooker, I've had to use water. The only difference between that and stovetop is time.

And what does how your mom makes her potatoes have to do with anything?

If you want a pressure cooker, get one. If not, boil them (whole or cut up) and drain them well afterwards. Easy.

A pressure cooker doesn't work unless you add somekind of liquid to it. You are still boiling your food, just at a higher temperature.

Thanks! That was kind of breaking my brain. Glad I'm not being dense :)
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Paper Roses on November 26, 2012, 03:13:20 PM
If you want to cook potatoes on the stovetop but don't want to invest in a pressure cooker, why not just boil them in a regular saucepan?  It doesn't take THAT long.

Because boiling adds water. And because you can do russets/Idaho (for mashed potatoed or gnocchi), which don't boil well.

That's not a problem I've ever had provided you drain well.  You're adding liquid to mash them anyway.  But ok.

Not for gnocchi, you're snot. And for mashed potatoes, my mother only ever added milk--not water.

Not to be obtuse, but every time I've cooked potatoes in my pressure cooker, I've had to use water. The only difference between that and stovetop is time.

And what does how your mom makes her potatoes have to do with anything?

If you want a pressure cooker, get one. If not, boil them (whole or cut up) and drain them well afterwards. Easy.

A pressure cooker doesn't work unless you add somekind of liquid to it. You are still boiling your food, just at a higher temperature.

So is that where the snot comes in?
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: cicero on November 27, 2012, 02:55:40 AM
I don't know if this will help with some of the concerns, but here's one that's pretty self regulating.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Montel-Williams-Living-Well-6-Qt-Pressure-Cooker-with-Accessories-/00/s/NDc2WDUzMA==/$T2eC16J,!yEE9s5jDZI)BQrpE1GHqg~~60_12.JPG)
OK so i keep thinking of a pot with a cover and a whistle, that you put on the stove top. that's what my mother had. i didn't know they had these new-fangled ones...
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: rashea on November 27, 2012, 10:02:42 AM
I don't know if this will help with some of the concerns, but here's one that's pretty self regulating.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Montel-Williams-Living-Well-6-Qt-Pressure-Cooker-with-Accessories-/00/s/NDc2WDUzMA==/$T2eC16J,!yEE9s5jDZI)BQrpE1GHqg~~60_12.JPG)
OK so i keep thinking of a pot with a cover and a whistle, that you put on the stove top. that's what my mother had. i didn't know they had these new-fangled ones...

Me either, but my sister might be getting one for Christmas. Especially because it looks like it can do the browning, and then act as a slow cooker on top of being a pressure cooker.

I have an old pressure cooker (and a pressure canner, but cooking in that would be silly as it's huge). I love making food so fast, and it conserves fuel, which is something we're careful about these days.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Hmmmmm on November 27, 2012, 03:56:26 PM
I don't know if this will help with some of the concerns, but here's one that's pretty self regulating.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Montel-Williams-Living-Well-6-Qt-Pressure-Cooker-with-Accessories-/00/s/NDc2WDUzMA==/$T2eC16J,!yEE9s5jDZI)BQrpE1GHqg~~60_12.JPG)
Rashea, I've been using a manual pressure cooker for decades.  But am considering upgrading to an electronic.  Did you ever use a manual one?  Have you found benefit to the electornic one like it getting up to pressure faster?
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: rashea on November 27, 2012, 03:58:56 PM
I don't know if this will help with some of the concerns, but here's one that's pretty self regulating.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Montel-Williams-Living-Well-6-Qt-Pressure-Cooker-with-Accessories-/00/s/NDc2WDUzMA==/$T2eC16J,!yEE9s5jDZI)BQrpE1GHqg~~60_12.JPG)
Rashea, I've been using a manual pressure cooker for decades.  But am considering upgrading to an electronic.  Did you ever use a manual one?  Have you found benefit to the electornic one like it getting up to pressure faster?

I use a manual. The electric just wouldn't be a good choice for my off grid house. I was looking at this for my sister.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: EMuir on November 27, 2012, 04:03:35 PM
I microwave potatoes... peel, cut in quarters, put on plate, cover with wrap, nuke for under 10 min.

My partner had used a slow cooker before she left home.  So we bought a very good quality one and were sure to follow instructions.  The third time we used it, the two pressure-releasing valves failed to do their thing and the final safety, the rubber ring sealing the pot, gave way.  It released hot pork juice downward onto the stove, spraying and ricocheting off all over the kitchen.  We were wiping pork fat off everything for hours.  We bought another cooker but have been reluctant to use it.  We plan ahead now and just slow cook things.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: tigerbreath on December 02, 2012, 08:44:34 AM
I pressure-steam hard-cooked eggs regularly (12 minutes on low pressure). They peel beautifully.
Title: Re: tell me about using pressure cookers
Post by: Shakira on December 02, 2012, 11:38:11 AM
We have a manual pressure cooker. I almost never use it except for when we make rouladen. It's a German meal of thinly sliced steak rolled up with onions, bacon and whole grain mustard...served with homemade spaetzle and gravy...YUM!

My MIL taught me how to make it in a pressure cooker so that's how we make it. I don't think I've used it for anything else.