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Subject: Pressure Cookers
Date Posted: 9/11/2010 3:56 PM ET
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Anyone use them?  I'm attracted to the idea but scared!  The stand-alone (not sit on the stove type) look a little more fool proof, but I don't know.  My MIL used to use a stove top pressure cooker and the food turned out really good.  I'm always looking for ways to make supper time more convenient at home.  I'd love to hear some advice!

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 2:23 PM ET
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DH uses ours a lot.  I haven't used it since the thingamajiggy blew off and dented the ceiling, LOL.  The one we have sits on the stove top.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 8:34 PM ET
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Hmmm, things flying off and hitting the ceiling, see - scary!  Maybe I'd better stick to my crockpot, lol.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 9:41 PM ET
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I use my (stove top) pressure cooker often.  I love it!  I have not used an electric one.  Check out the pressure cooker books by Lorna Sass.  She also has a website/blog.

Date Posted: 9/14/2010 1:16 PM ET
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Michele, I bought an electric pressure cooker from HSN when their Elite brand 6 quart one was a special value of the day and I love it. I use it at least 2-3 times a week. I grew up with the old stove top ones that occasionally if pressure was not adjusted correctly  the rocker would blow off; I was always afraid of it. This one you just set and leave till it beeps. You cook your meat first, then exhaust the pressure and add your vegetables and cook for a few minutes more. Makes cooking pot roast a breeze and everything is tender. I've had to use trial and error to find the correct times for meats as some of the times listed in the instruction book seem to be off somewhat. Flavors really steam into meats and vegetables. Takes less than 15 minutes to cook a pot of dried beans after it comes to pressure. Sure saves me time in the kitchen. If you go to hsn.com and type in electric pressure cooker and just click on one, there is usually a video you can watch that shows you how to use it and usually there are some customer reviews you can read as well. Hope you give it a try and  have fun experimenting.

Date Posted: 9/14/2010 4:55 PM ET
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Betty, thanks for mentioning HSN.  I'll check that out.  I like the idea of shortened cooking time and if the whole "blow the top off" business has been improved, I might be brave enough to try it!

Date Posted: 9/15/2010 8:20 PM ET
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I have a nesco digital and I love it !! You can also find deals on ebay.

I do ribs from the start in 90 min and these are fall apart ribs. Acorn squash in 40 min depending on size but the outer skin is so tender it about just rubs off ! Just did sweet potatoes tonight.

This is a wonderful soup if you get one

Potato and Cheese Soup

23 min | 20 min prep

10 cups

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes (2 1/2 lbs)
  • 4 small onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  1. Put potatoes, onions, salt and water in cooker.
  2. Close cooker.
  3. Bring to full pressure on high heat.
  4. Reduce heat and cook for 3 minutes Remove cooker from heat.
  5. allow to cool naturally, till there is no pressure inside cooker Open cooker.
  6. Mix the mixture smooth in a blender or mash it through a sieve.
  7. Return soup to cooker.
  8. Add milk and pepper.
  9. Place cooker on medium heat and bring to boil, stirring constantly.
  10. Add cheese and stir till cheese melts.
  11. Serve immediately, garnish with parsley

I like to add some soft bacon bits and some celery seed.

Date Posted: 9/15/2010 9:58 PM ET
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Kay, I just copied and pasted that recipe - it looks delicious!  You guys have convinced me, I'm going to ask for one for Christmas. smiley