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I wanted to start a group for this.  Of course, I do soups, stews, rice etc in a pressure cooker.  I found so many more recipes that need to be shared.  Cheese cake!  Bone broth (expected that one).  Mac and cheese.  Mozzarella cheese! Ribs - I've done that a few times now - class recipe. Yoghurt, creme brulee, potato salad...  it's a nice piece of equipment. 

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Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Dave Riley Apr 29. 2 Replies

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Comment by Christa on April 29, 2018 at 18:05

I have loved using pressure cookers for a long time.  My latest PC is a stainless steel one with a weight and a pressure release button and a rubber ring.  This is an upgrade from an old aluminium PC.  We have had some oldies.  Some people have electric PC's and quite advanced one's but I like to keep it simple and just use a kitchen timer.  

That cheesecake in the Cooker sounds interesting.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 28, 2018 at 22:23

Could I suggest - as we post recipes we start discussions accordingly.  For example: stews, curries, rice, deserts, canning etc.  I did pumpkin soup tonight but I'm not sure how to share a "by sight" recipe.  I'll try to role model but cannot promise... I am only a man. 

Comment by Cathie MacLean on April 28, 2018 at 19:21

I love my pressure cookers. One i mostly use for cooking, the other for canning (ie preserving) low acid foods such as beans, broths etc so that they are shelf stable and safe for a long time. My family eats a lot of Mexican so I can dried  black turtle beans, pintos for quick and easy refried beans or to throw into burritos. I also love chick peas cooked at home. Such a different flavour and texture to store bought, great for hummus or to add to a curry. As far as cooking in the PC , I use it for carnitas (pulled pork) and chipotle chicken etc. I have never really used a crock pot or slow cooker which might do similar types of things - probably because I am nit organised early enough in the day! I would love to expand my repertoire with stews and soups etc so will be watching this space for inspiration.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on April 27, 2018 at 22:23

I was starting to think I'd have to invite you to join the group Dave!  I knew you were a partner in pressure cooking crime.  

Comment by Dave Riley on April 27, 2018 at 22:00

I do almost everything in my PC. Why oh why did it take me so long to adopt the pressure cooker lifestyle!

Since we are so much ruled by tagines, soups, stews, gumbos, and the like it is a primary tool.

The essential DIY, I reckon, is to understand the joys of 'the holy trinity' sauteed  together: carrot + celery + peppers (onion & garlic) a la sofrito.

Then there is the herb addition -- oregano  or thyme (and maybe rosemary). I throw in the whole stem.remove the woody bits later.

Chili options.

But before the sofrito, brown any meat first then remove it from the PC. -- to later add to the sauteed mixture.

Have a stock option on hand. Base level is one cup. Wine is good. Tomatoes.

With the PC add thickeners late in the process. This is why I use potato starch.

Remember you can pressure cook in stages. Make your base -- stew it up to deliciousness. Release pressure and add pre-cooked beans or other veges.Cover -- but not necessary to impose pressure to finish off the dish.

For cooking dried beans pre soak  in warm water then change water and pressure cook up. I don't think it is a good idea to cook beans dried in a PC.

It's easy to adapt recipes to the PC -- just reduce the fluid level (eg: compared to slow cooker recipes) and be ruled by the 1 cup commandment.

For specific recipes Google " Pressure Cooker (or 'Instant pot') + [Preferred primary Ingredients}".

Since I'm a white rice steamer I don't cook rice in a PC. It's easy enough in a separate pot.

Tonight I cooked a pasta sauce in the PC. No pressure ( the cooker has an excellent thick fry base on quality steal which is easy to clean). Yesterday I did Fasolada -- Greek bean soup. Before that I cooked a pilaf after preparing the lamb mince base in the PC.  Earlier in the week I did a pork and maple syrup mix. Most days I make my lunchtime soups in the PC. But  any rice or noodles is cooked separately.

I have stove top PC -- a Portuguese Silampos. It is my culinary partner.

I know that I can cook a meal in  less than 40 minutes with the PC. It's a very reliable tool.

My favorite pressure cooker recipe is this one for Chicken Pho: LINK

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 27, 2018 at 8:17

Good one, Andy! After initial skepticism, I embrace my cooker, bought unused from eBay. I mostly do Chick Peas and brown Rice to have on hand for future meals. Hoping to expand to more adventurous meals.

 

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