Isn't it beautiful?
I've been wanting a pressure cooker for several years. I finally got one! This is a 5-quart aluminum (read: cheap) model bought on markdown. It'll do.
Of all the pieces of kitchen equipment I have owned in my life, a pressure cooker is one of those nice-to-haves that makes life much, much easier. This isn't my first one, either. My previous cooker served faithfully for many, many years. It was another cheapy and, like many things, you get what you pay for when it comes to pressure cookers. The shape warped and the gaskets became damaged... it went to the great kitchen warehouse in the sky 5 years ago now. It was time for a new model.
If you can overcome the fear that came with the various horror stories you must have heard from your grandmothers long enough, you'll realize that today's pressure cookers have several built-in safety features to prevent kitchen catastrophes. And really, who can beat a meal made in less than 30 minutes from frozen solid ingredients?
Under pressure, the cooker's internal pressure rises above the boiling point of water, which causes everything within to cook faster (and that's an energy-saver for you greenies out there). Pressurized steam is a natural tenderizer and makes for a moist end product.
So I'll be revisiting some old favorite pressure-cooker recipes--and some new ones--over the next several months. But don't worry--any recipes posted here will also have instructions for traditional cooking.
what do you make in it?