Gift Ideas: Pressure Cooker, lesson learned

Cuisinart CPC-600 1000-Watt 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker, Brushed Stainless and Matte BlackDrew and I each had an “Extra” 100 bucks to play with at the end of the summer.  He bought a few wii games and I bought a pressure cooker.  I bought it from overstock.com who actually had a referb one for almost 30 dollars than a regular one.  I thought, what the heck.
4 crock pot returns later I was done with overstock.  NOT happy with them, or their lack of customer care.
So, I recently got one from Amazon.
Pressure cooker, you say… don’t those blow up on people and scar their faces?  Well, yes they do… as my youth church leader could tell you.  But not this one.  That’s the beauty of the electronic pressure cooker.  You’re not strapped to your stove listening to the timbre of the whistle adjusting head as needed.
You just throw your pound of beans in, set it for the minutes in the book and leave.  Easy as that, ladies.
I adore it, but I am slowly learning what I adore it for. 
For instance, I made pork chops in it a few nights ago and they weren’t so great.  I think it’s hard to adjust the timing for something that varies so much in thickness…. anyway…
I’ve done chichen in a marinade which was delicious (I think the pork chops didn’t have enough liquid, possibly… but I’m still learning).
I’ve also done a TON of beans ( I cook a 1 pound bag almost weekkly and then freeze the remains that I’m not using in a recipe), I also do brown rice, quinoa, polenta… basically all the new healthy things I’m eating in.
So, what’s the difference between a pressure cooker and a slow cooker?  Well, not much — other than the pressure cooker is like a slow cooker on steroids.  It just does everything faster.  I’m excited to try a roast or chicken.  I don’t do a lot of stuff like that in the summer, so it should be a big help this summer.
Crap, I just realized it’s like 5 bucks less than it was when I bought it.  Darn you amazon.
OH, and I should also mention I LOVED it in the summer because stuff that lets out a lot of steam and heat doesn’t do that in the pressure cooker.  Yes, you let the steam escape in the end but I’d usually just open up a window and a fan quickly and then it’s over.
Anyway, it’s a great investment.  Let me see if I can find a good video to link to it….

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Comments

  1. says

    Huh bummer about overstock they’ve always been really great with me and I’ve had a few issues with stuff from them. Glad you found a winner I’ve really been interested in one but scared to try one and find I don’t like it. I’ll make you be my test dummy I mean smarty =)

  2. says

    Wow! That video had some great info and tips. Thanks for this post. I have a pressure cooker, but it’s for canning and it’s HUGE. I might have to look into getting one of these babies.

  3. says

    I didn’t know you used a pressure cooker for anything but canning. That just shows how much I don’t know about things. On a bright side, for my 40th bday, my dear grandmother taught me how to can some applesauce. She did it last year, but we were in a hurry & it ended up w/me washing the jars & cutting up the apples. I wanted to do it all & that’s exactly what I did last Friday, all day. LOVED IT!!! Thanks for sharing

    Renee’
    [email protected]

  4. says

    Congrats, Let’s see some of your favorite recipes, now!

    Also, please pop-by for a visit for inspiration and ideas on how much more you can make in your pressure cooker – I use a stove-top model but most of the recipes can be adapted to electric. For example for the fast water-release (I know you wouldn’t bring your electric appliance to the the sink!) I would just cook a little less time and use the vapor release.

    Ciao and I look forward to your visit and reading more about your adventures!

    L

    hippressurecooking.com
    making pressure cookers hip again, one recipe at a time!