Thursday, January 06, 2011
Pressure Cooker Adventures #1
Yes, my initial Pressure Cooker adventures were an Epic Fail!
I attribute this to the fact that I bought a $19.95 Pressure Cooker at HEB. . . I tried several times to use it, but it never seemed to build up pressure correctly.
According to the instructions, I was supposed to put it on the stove on high heat until the regulator began to rock, and then reduce the heat to medium or low so that the regulator continued to rock gently. The instructions also said that I shouldn't start timing the cooking until the regulator began to rock (meaning that the pressure had built up enough to do it's job).
Well, my regulator never rocked, but tons of steam leaked out from around the handle each time that I tried to use it, and water dripped down the side of the Cooker - so I'm pretty sure that it never built up the proper amount of pressure because so much steam was leaking out.
I tried steaming cauliflower, but because the regulator never rocked, I didn't know when to start timing it. I ended up WAAY overcooking it and ended up with a soggy mess!
So, you live and learn I guess! I refuse to quit on my attempts at pressure cooking because it looks like such a healthy alternative and the convenience and speed of it is really appealing to me also.
So I upgraded to a $40 Presto 8 Qt Pressure Cooker over the weekend, and am very much looking forward to trying it out next week - I only hope that I have better luck this time, and that the previous Pressure Cooker really was faulty and that it wasn't just "user error"!
I'm going to start scouring the web this evening for some yummy Paleo Pressure Cooker Recipes, but if anyone out there reading this has some "winners", (Or Pressure Cooking Tips!) please share!
Posted by Christie at 11:56 AM