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Pressure cooking

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:22 pm

During Prime week, I got a good deal on a pressure cooker. This is my first ever pressure cooker.
Today I successfully cooked brown rice.
Tomorrow, I'm going to try beans (I need to soak them tonight).
Any tips? The recipes all look like you can have cooked bean in just a few minutes.
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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby carm » Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:53 pm

It's amazing. There is an Instant Pot recipe group on Facebook if you're on there.

We usually pressure cook hard veggies (beets) and beans. I can't think of anything else that comes to mind. We use the slow cooker function more often. I like the saute feature to braise beef before making a beef stew in the winter.
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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby eme » Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:18 pm

Sorry, no help here. The only thing that I have use a pressure cooker for is to heat military field rations. I have always had a healthy fear/respect of pressure cookers.

Good luck!
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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:56 pm

Yes you really can cook beans in 25 min in a pressure cooker. They came out good.
It actually takes a little longer because the 25 min doesn't start until pressure is reached; then you need to let it cool down before venting or you get a big plume of steam out the valve.
The result is that the beans are made and already put in the freezer instead of still cooking.

So now I have moved the rice maker and the crock pot into the back closet and I'll only keep the pressure cooker in the kitchen. I needed to stop using the old rice maker because you couldn't clean under the seal and so mold was growing there. But the new pressure cooker, you can completely remove the seal to wash and dry. So my impulsive Prime Day purchase is working out.

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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby Jwolf » Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:31 pm

A friend of mine cooked beans in her pressure cooker and it exploded. :shock: Not sure what she did wrong. Maybe she didn't do the "cool down" part?
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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:23 am

Jwolf wrote:A friend of mine cooked beans in her pressure cooker and it exploded. :shock: Not sure what she did wrong. Maybe she didn't do the "cool down" part?

There are varieties of pressure cookers: electric vs on the stove. Also, if you fill it more than half full, the beans swell beyond the capacity of the pot.
Mine is electric and it monitors the pressure and temperature.
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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby deerdree » Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:57 pm

Spirit wrote:If Dee could see me now!

very jealous. i've had my eye on them for a long time!

which brand did you get? instant pot?

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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:58 pm

deerdree wrote:
Spirit wrote:If Dee could see me now!

very jealous. i've had my eye on them for a long time!

which brand did you get? instant pot?

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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby turd ferguson » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:20 am

Jwolf wrote:A friend of mine cooked beans in her pressure cooker and it exploded. :shock: Not sure what she did wrong. Maybe she didn't do the "cool down" part?


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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:03 pm

I might'ev actually cooked something yesterday. :shifty:


Since I haven't the slightest idea of how to cook, thats pretty good. First time in decades I've even tried.
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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby tayken » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:19 pm

That picture...priceless. Surely the cooker could have been plugged into another outlet instead of trying to draw from the stove

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Jwolf wrote:A friend of mine cooked beans in her pressure cooker and it exploded. :shock: Not sure what she did wrong. Maybe she didn't do the "cool down" part?


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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby deerdree » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:26 pm

I bought an instant pot on Black Friday and still haven't used it! I need to take some time to sit and figure it out, and I just haven't. My dad saw something about them on tv the other day (I didn't realize it was a Canadian product!) and said there were so many safety mechanisms that it's almost fool proof. We'll see....

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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:48 pm

Well anyway, what I made tasted good even on the day after.
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Postby Habs4ever » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:48 pm

Spirit Unleashed wrote:Well anyway, what I made tasted good even on the day after.

What did you cook?
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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:14 pm

Habs4ever wrote:
Spirit Unleashed wrote:Well anyway, what I made tasted good even on the day after.

What did you cook?

Sicilian Vegetable Medley. The recipe is in the Instant Pot direction book. But I didn't follow it exactly. Instead of potatoes, I threw in a package of apple/sweet potato/onion/herbs that I bought in the store produce section.

I should add that I got a lecture from the company PA that I shouldn't cook vegetables in the microwave and then put butter on them. I do think the pressure cooker "sealed in flavor" much more than boiling.
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Postby eme » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:25 pm

Spirit Unleashed wrote:I should add that I got a lecture from the company PA that I shouldn't cook vegetables in the microwave and then put butter on them. I do think the pressure cooker "sealed in flavor" much more than boiling.


Why did they say not to microwave and then put butter on vegetables?

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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:54 am

eme wrote:
Spirit Unleashed wrote:I should add that I got a lecture from the company PA that I shouldn't cook vegetables in the microwave and then put butter on them. I do think the pressure cooker "sealed in flavor" much more than boiling.


Why did they say not to microwave and then put butter on vegetables?

She felt that microwaving was making veggies tasteless; and that butter is bad for cholesterol.
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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby Samantha » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:24 am

tayken wrote:That picture...priceless. Surely the cooker could have been plugged into another outlet instead of trying to draw from the stove

turd ferguson wrote:
Jwolf wrote:A friend of mine cooked beans in her pressure cooker and it exploded. :shock: Not sure what she did wrong. Maybe she didn't do the "cool down" part?


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Older pressure cookers weren't electric. They used the stove for heat.

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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby Samantha » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:25 am

deerdree wrote:I bought an instant pot on Black Friday and still haven't used it! I need to take some time to sit and figure it out, and I just haven't. My dad saw something about them on tv the other day (I didn't realize it was a Canadian product!) and said there were so many safety mechanisms that it's almost fool proof. We'll see....

If it's Canadian why do so few stores sell it here??

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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby tayken » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:26 am

I knew that as my mom still has one. My point was, there is a cable going from the pot to the stove...why not plug it into a standalone outlet

Samantha wrote:
tayken wrote:That picture...priceless. Surely the cooker could have been plugged into another outlet instead of trying to draw from the stove

turd ferguson wrote:
Jwolf wrote:A friend of mine cooked beans in her pressure cooker and it exploded. :shock: Not sure what she did wrong. Maybe she didn't do the "cool down" part?


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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby deerdree » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:00 am

tayken wrote:I knew that as my mom still has one. My point was, there is a cable going from the pot to the stove...why not plug it into a standalone outlet

i think that's from the coffee pot. that doesn't look like an electric pressure cooker.

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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby deerdree » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:02 am

Samantha wrote:
deerdree wrote:I bought an instant pot on Black Friday and still haven't used it! I need to take some time to sit and figure it out, and I just haven't. My dad saw something about them on tv the other day (I didn't realize it was a Canadian product!) and said there were so many safety mechanisms that it's almost fool proof. We'll see....

If it's Canadian why do so few stores sell it here??

"The appliance originally was sold in stores, but there wasn't much marketing promoting it, said Wang."

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Re: Pressure cooking

Postby La » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:16 pm

deerdree wrote:
tayken wrote:I knew that as my mom still has one. My point was, there is a cable going from the pot to the stove...why not plug it into a standalone outlet

i think that's from the coffee pot. that doesn't look like an electric pressure cooker.

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