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  • Anyone use a Pressure Cooker???

    I had read.....many years back about Pressure cooking changes something about the meat cooked. Does anyone use one and if not..... please post reasons. I am considering getting one for the time saved.

    Vicki

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    Hi. I'm using a pressure cooker right now. I'm making bone broth in it so that isn't a good thing to measure by. We have done corned beef and cabbage. Turned out tasting just like . . . corned beef and cabbage. No differences I could tell. The one I'm using is a stove top model and its borrowed. It makes making bone broth so quick and easy that I'm planning on buying a digital/electric one so I can plug it in outside. It only takes an hour and a half to cook the bones but there are some "wooses" in the family that dislike the smell.
    Last edited by Rosemary 231; 11-21-2011, 01:46 PM.

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    • #3
      I LOVE my pressure cooker. It brings a lot of additional options to week night foods due to the reduced cooking time. The only meat I have done (so far) are really thick pork chops (the kind I would normally cook low and slow). They were done in about 20 minutes and very moist and tasty. I did a recipe write up on one of my PC variations at my blog.

      I use the pressure cooker 3-4 times a week. It's great for artichokes, squash and sweet potatoes.

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      • #4
        I've been using one for years. Great for larger, tougher cuts of meats like pork shoulder, brisket, and pot roast. I also make stews and broths. I can make lamb stew meat like butter in 15 minutes at high pressure.

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        • #5
          Buy my own

          I mentioned above that I was using a borrowed pressure cooker. I'm going to get one for myself. Does anyone have a electric/digital one? They are a little more pricey but it would solve my problem about smelling up the house when I make bone broth.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rosemary 231 View Post
            I mentioned above that I was using a borrowed pressure cooker. I'm going to get one for myself. Does anyone have a electric/digital one? They are a little more pricey but it would solve my problem about smelling up the house when I make bone broth.
            I got the Cuisinart one from Costco a few years back & really like it... so far no issues.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sunnysara View Post
              I got the Cuisinart one from Costco a few years back & really like it... so far no issues.
              I like Cuisinart products a lot. Does it have the strainer basket and does the insert come out for easier cleaning like it does in a slow cooker?

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              • #8
                I occasionally use my pressure cooker to quickly prepare a comfort dish of chicken parts cooked in homemade chicken stock. Chicken, chicken stock, chopped carrots and celery, bay leaf... when the pressure indicator pops all the way out, I set the timer for 15 minutes.

                I also use the pressure cooker to cook dried beans when I have them, which is not often.

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                • #9
                  The insert does come out for cleaning, etc which is wonderful. That is all I have ever had to clean & I often just stick it in the dishwasher.

                  There is no basket in mine - just a wire rack insert type thing for the bottom - this is to keep meet off the bottom of the pan/out of the liquids if you want to.

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                  • #10
                    I got a Fagor Pressure Cooker this summer and seriously use it everyday!!!! Love it!
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                    • #11
                      I had a Farberware 6qt which I killed in about 5 years and a Deni 8qt that maybe lasted a year. I finally gave up on the electrics and got a Kuhn Rikon stovetop model.

                      I have heard good things about the Cuisinart, though. I just find I really need an 8qt. Considering you can only fill them 2/3 max, 4qt just isn't big enough when I want to make a big batch of stock or something.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Vanessa120 View Post
                        I got a Fagor Pressure Cooker this summer and seriously use it everyday!!!! Love it!
                        The "borrowed" one I'm using is a Fagor too. Its wonderful for making stock.

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                        • #13
                          I am a kitchen gadget junkie, and I had been bugging my boyfriend to get out his pressure cooker and show me how to use it. Last night, we made a big pot roast with veggies.

                          Here's the thing - I had accidentally bought a HUGE chunk of beef from the butcher, so I cut it in half and cooked the first half last week. It was... okay. A little tough.

                          We pulled the other half out of the freezer yesterday morning, thawed it in cold water and cooked it in the pressure cooker last night. AMAZING! Same piece of meat but a huge difference - super tender, falling apart, and the carrots were even super soft. His pressure cooker is an old one, very low-tech and probably 15 years old.
                          Durp.

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                          • #14
                            To each his own, but I wouldn't use a pressure cooker. They use high temperature and high pressure, which results in denatured proteins and can damage vitamins. Slow and steady wins the race!
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                            • #15
                              I made Mark's beef stew in the pressure cooker. Whoa, that is some great eats.

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