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Should I buy a pressure cooker?

This past weekend we ended up going on a spur of the moment camping trip where I was in charge of a pot of black beans for 12 adults and 6 kids. This, obviously, sounds like the textbook example of when you'd want to use dried beans over canned (I know they're always better, but you know what I mean....). However, I couldn't because we decided to go at the last minute and I just didn't have enough time for them to cook. It killed me to open 6 cans of beans!

The point is, I was thinking, "Dang, I wish I had a pressure cooker right now!"

But other than cooking dried beans quickly, when would I use it? Is it worth it?

I do have the storage for one, so that's not an issue.

asked by jenmmcd about 6 years ago
7 answers 7398 views
8a5161fb 3215 4036 ad80 9f60a53189da  buddhacat
added about 6 years ago

This is what was said a couple of weeks ago, and I am sold on pressure cookers now.

" In addition to cooking, whole grains and beans and stocks - pressure cooker is great for cooking eggs, fish, veggies, fruit and desserts - yes, yummy, steamy, delicious desserts! If you have a chance, come for a visit to see all of the delicious things you can cook with your , eventual, pessure cooker - FASTER!"

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If you scroll down from your question you will also see very useful comments on what kind of pressure cooker to get.


164ae6cf b233 45ae a461 8d7543fae705  melissa mitchell
added about 6 years ago

I LOVE our pressure cooker. It's a newer one, so it's pretty much fool-proof (I know, I know, but I'm not that brave), and we have made some awesome meals in it, on weeknights, with minimal effort. Examples include braised lamb shanks, short ribs, carnitas and "refried" beans, several different types of chili, and a potroast type of thing. I don't know how other people feel about it, but the fact that I can have short ribs (one of my favorite things) on a weeknight basically at a whim makes me very happy. Everything we've tried has been fantastic. When we first got it, I had followed "for pressure cooker" recipes, but now I basically use the instructions that came with it to modify "regular" recipes. I highly recommend it!

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added about 6 years ago

I can't say how much better our stock has become since we moved from the slow-cooker to the pressure cooker; imagine a chicken stock where so much marrow-y goodness has been sucked out of the carcass that you can tie the bones into little bow-ties, and all that in just 2 1/2 hours instead of overnight :-)

Other great use, in addition to making things incredibly fast on a weeknight when you've, say, forgotten to cook your beans: pressure canning. If you're into putting some food up for the winter yourself, you can go crazy with all kinds of low-acid, low-sugar recipes that you can't (safely) can with just a water bath.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added about 6 years ago

I should always do a search before I ask! I always forget. I found this thread too:

I'm excited! But now I have to ask... electric? Fagor?

0dcfb05c 8a90 480f 8cf7 cbc33e9a6b5c  me
added about 6 years ago

I've been using a pressure cooker since I began to cook, about, oh, a thousand years ago! I find it indispensable. As far as it taking up space, I sometimes use it without the lid as an extra saucepot (don;t tell the pressure cooker police!)

6f614b0c 899e 467f b032 d68711f70a39  2011 03 07 18 28 41 870
added about 6 years ago

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my pressure cooker! Couldn't survive my CSA season without it. There are great links all over the net. Hip Pressure Cooking is terrific as is Lorna Sass http://www.lornasass.com/.
You can make just about anything in one of those bad boys. My sister lives year round on a boat - she's considering buying one. Found one that is a combo, pressure cooker - rice cooker - slow cooker. Great option for small kitchen with a Barbie Doll stove...

5810deb5 b138 475a 93c0 723a5a32779c  1 bw med
added about 6 years ago

Jenmmcd, how is your pressure cooker search going? So glad that someone was able to respond right away with a link to my website to introduce you to the variety of foods that can be pressure cooked beyond beans, roasts and potatoes!

You asked whether you should go for an electric model. I, personally, do not recommend electrics but if you get one I will still teach you how to pressure cook in it and mention all the little exceptions in each recipe.

Here is my spiel on why I recommend going with an stove-top version:
(scroll down to the middle of the page and see the heading: stovetop vs. electirc pressure cookers)

In short, more flexibility, more durability and overall higher quality.

Let me know if you have any more questions!



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