Thursday, January 15, 2009

I'm Afraid Of My Pressure Cooker

Growing up, my parents always used a pressure cooker, mostly to cook potatoes and such. I helped too, and it always made me nervous...carrying the pressure cooker level, over to the sink, and pouring water over the top until it was calm enough to open the lid. However, it was always under my parents watchful eye, and we were always told exactly how long to let it "pressure".

I requested a pressure cooker for my wedding present, because I knew how one speeded up the cooking time. But when I got it, nerves kicked in and I've never used it. Well, once, when my sister in law was visiting, we got it out and she made something with it, but I never have. Quite frankly, I'm afraid of it.

Anyone have any tips for me on how to use and become friends with my pressure cooker?

9 comments:

Jenny said...

No need to be nervous. I had never used a pressure cooker until here:

http://jnabs.blogspot.com/2008/09/apple-festival-and-canning.html

I thought it came in quite handy. My mom used one growing up to cook Sunday dinner(roast/chicken/etc). Just read the directions about water levels and number of jiggles on the release and you will do great.

Torie Chipman said...

I want one so bad but I'm too scared of it too. My grandmother cooks with hers all of the time and I want to carry along some of the things that she cooks but just can't handle it.

kdaygirl said...

I did a "pressure cooker" class at an enrichment night because of the vary reason you have on your blog. I love mine and use it every Sunday for sure and here and there on the weekdays.
Its really easy if you follow the instructions and just always keep the kids out when you are using it.
Maybe watching someone else will help say in April???

Becky said...

My pressure cooker belonged to my now long-gone uncle, the Bachelor. He died back in the mid-80s and I was given the old, worn thing as a memory gift. I still use it. It has never let me down. It will tenderize the cheapest roasts and fix a spot-on stew lickety-split.

Just do it!

BrittanyLane said...

I just got a pressure cooker for Christmas. I wanted a pressure "canner". Guess I should have been more specific. I really don't know how to use it. Only very basic instructions and NO recipes were included. Maybe you could experiment and post some stellar recipes?

(I made bean soup last week. It was HORRIBLE.)

Rayna said...

yeah I use to be scared of it also but my Mom told me they're made better now, no worries. I use it all the time to tenderize my meats and make soup. I have a great Hamburger soup recipe. I'll try to post it Saturday! I never use my crock pot cause I love it so much! Anyone want a crock pot, LOL!

Kim said...

I'm with you girl...when my Ma left to go back to the UK, she left her pressure cooker with me. 2 years now & it is still in the cupboard, I am hideously nervous of the thing too. I am going to take a look at jnabs blog though. Maybe she has a tutorial or something.

It is good to be back I tell ya, I missed you.
Hugs!
X

Jenny said...

You can buy a pressure canner/cooker that will have the ability to do both. Something to look into. I know that presto carries a line that does both with one pot.

I'm Always Rite said...

All I know of pressure cookers is the foul smell that would come out of one when my grandma would cook beans in it. :]