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Pressure cookers...(6 Posts)
My 6 litre slow cooker has broken leaving me just with a smaller one. I would like to replace it but then someone on another thread suggested a pressure cooker. I'm really not sure as my only experience of a pressure cooker was as a child waiting for the valve to blow off! Obviously things have moved on since then so I would welcome your experiences, good or bad of modern pressure cookers and any recommendations of makes or models to go for. I have looked at some of the Pressure King range.
I've got the 8L Instant Pot and love it it can also be used as a slow cooker (but I've not tried that yet)
Have used a pressure cooker for decades, cooks really quick & well. Never had one blow up
I have a pressure cooker. I mostly use it for mashed potatoes and stock. I don't think stews etc taste as nice from the pressure cooker as they do from a slow cooker.
I have an instant pot and love it. It’s much more than a pressure cooker. I use it to make risottos frequently, and stews/casseroles, and soups (with a stick blender at the end), and yoghurt. You can also make wonderful things like cheesecakes (done this 3 times with great success) and rice pudding. If I’m really lazy I’ll even use it to make rice. I’ve used the slow cooker function too and it works well.
Can cook loads of exciting things.
Saves electricity compared to oven.
Delicious tender meat.
Quicker than the slow cooker, but can also be used as a slow cooker if the timing is better that way.
Safe to put it on and leave it while you do something else.
Steam release is noisy and messy. So I tend to use natural release for most things.
All your ingredients need to have similar cooking times, as it’s hard to add things mid-cook.
Once you get attached to it you’ll try to cook EVERYTHING in it (which doesn’t always work).
I’ve got a tefal Jamie Oliver pressure cooker, I cook red meat in it mostly it cooks lamb in twenty minutes to a falling of the bone consistency.
Can also cook rice in it, I also cook lentil curries in it takes about ten minutes.
My mum has always had a pressure cooker so I have as well. It’s freat for cooking foods fast, basically sauté onions and meat then pour on liquid and close the lid to cook.
I have a seperate multi cooker to cook rice/porridge/slow cook.
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