Gadget Post – Electric Pressure Cooker

DSC_1507 (1600x1060)We’ve had this thing for a while now, but haven’t done much with it.  TaMara has mentioned her pressure cooker a few times, and I’ve heard about them on various forums.  This one is Amazon’s best seller, not that their sales rankings provide a slam dunk guarantee of quality.  It will do much more than I expect to ever call on it for – cooking rice, for example.  I have a purpose built device for that I wouldn’t expect this thing to match.20160101_122033 (1600x1060)I cooked a small beef roast in it the first time I used it, and made that into Italian beef for sammiches.  It did a competent job, the saute cycle even did a good job of browning the meat.  Baked beans from dried navy beans seemed a good place to test the speed advantages of pressure cooking.  I looked at this recipe to get a look at what to expect.  Opening the cooker after a 40 minute run and slow cool down left me underwhelmed.  The method the recipe called for was continued cooking with the lid off until they looked good but I gave them 15 more minutes of pressure and another slow cool down.  Better.  Might not have ended so dry if I hadn’t left the vent open for several minutes before seeing the steam blowing off.  I won’t talk about the recipe much, I’ve had better beans, but they did all come out with the right texture, not too hard, not mushy.  So far, so good.  Stay tuned!


Posted on January 2, 2016, in Fun with Food, Gadgets, JeffreyW, Recipes and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. this is on my wish list, I think it is very handy kitchen appliance 🙂 thanks for sharing xx lina


  2. I have had the Instant Pot for a while and I love it. It’s like culinary magic to me. I highly recommend a cookbook by Bob Warden called Great Food Fast. I’ve used many recipes from it without a flop. I’ve made delicious chicken breasts, pot roast, pork roast, and amazing mac and cheese in it. It’s a great cooking tool.

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