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Subject: anyone know how to use a pressure cooker?
Date Posted: 10/30/2007 10:12 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
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I'm still a new struggling cook! I got a pressure cooker for Christmas a few years ago after asking for one (of course Iwas thinking the digital model like they were demo'ing on QVC! but ended up with the one walmart sells that has the jiggly thingamabob on top). well, I'm scared to death of those kinds of pressure cookers :-(   I made one thing in it and ended up putting it in the microwave(the dish not the cooker!) to make sure it was done.

I wanted one so I could do meat and stuff tender and lowerfat (sorta like the crockpot effect only quicker). my mom has one but only does beans in hers though she used to put beef ribs in there to tenderize them before baking in the over with bbq sauce.

of course it came with a booklet that I've managed to lose but I really didn't get much from it..guess that steam escaping scared me too much then the book got misplaced and all that...

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 10:48 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2007
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susanna,

I'm with you.  I have a pressure cooker that I am afraid to use.  My father used to make a TON of stuff in his, and it was so good.  Meat is very tender, was just to rave about.  So after a few comments, he bought me one. I have never used it.  However, here is a link that you may find helpful.  Good luck http://missvickie.com/

Date Posted: 10/31/2007 7:27 AM ET
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thanks I'll check ou the link!

ETa: Meta I was skimming through some of the stuff on that link and its really awesome! I've already learned a lot I didn't know(ok I knew basicaly nothing but still LOL!) it looks really good and stuff is dvided up into sections like 10 basics then some other rules about stuff that foams and how not to usem ore than 1/4 cup oil or fat and to add milk after cooking so it doesn't foam and scorch...think I'll learn a lot from that one!



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Date Posted: 10/31/2007 10:23 AM ET
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That link is great! I used a stovetop presure cooker with the jiggly thingy on top for years. There's no better way to cook a corned beef or other tougher cuts of meat. I was always nervous about using it, but I did anyways and I never had any accidents. It was getting old and finding gaskets to fit was becoming a problem so I bought an electronic one from QVC. I love that cooker! It's much easier to use and a heck of a lot quieter than those old stovetop cookers. If you can afford it I highly recommend replacing your stovetop with an electronic one.
Date Posted: 10/31/2007 1:23 PM ET
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glad the link was helpful.  Susanna, let me know when you make your first pressure cooked meal, I want to see how it turned out for you!!!

Date Posted: 10/31/2007 4:24 PM ET
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hee hee..not brave enough yet LOL! I'm still 'studying'! ok I need to be ab rave girl adn just go for it...thinking of looking for some cooking lessons in my area!

Date Posted: 11/10/2007 6:08 AM ET
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I asked this same question in one of the forums recently as I as thinking of investing in one of the new electric ones.  Just don't know that much about them or if if would be something that would get used a lot or stuck on a shelf.  But the thought of making a roast of something in under an hour or so is tempting. But like others I am still alittle scared of them!