I am so in love with the latest thing that moved into my kitchen... and that is my Pressure Cooker. I have always been thinking about owning one, but have heard (rightly or not) about the terror stories of exploding pressure cookers if the users are not careful when using them.
However, what decided it for me was after tasting the totally out of this world beef stewed cooked by babe of babeinthecitykl. Went over to her blog for the recipe and that is exactly when I made up my mind to get one of those babies back.. the pressure cooker, I mean.
Got my sister-in-law to go get it for me at the place recommended by both babe and a colleague. They both recommended me to get the Premier Pressure Cooker as it was not only reasonably priced, but also the availability of spare parts will not be a problem later.
Was so very excited about putting it to work that very night but as it was quite late by the time I got back, I had time only to read the instruction manual, which was rather brief. I reckon that it should not be rocket science when it comes to using a pressure cooker. The very next day, I tried steaming rice with it. By the way, there was no recipe manual inside the box, which I was told, used to be available.
Actually, I was a bit apprehensive from all those "horror" stories I have heard. So, followed the instructions in the manual very very carefully but nothing really prepared me for the real life sound effects of the pressure cooker.
The hissing came fast and very loud... so very loud that it set the dogs barking. With the super loud hissing and the dogs going crazy, I went into a total panic mode. Ran from the dining room to the kitchen and turned off the gas stove. Phew, luckily no explosion, I told myself. When the pressure cooker finally depressurized, I opened it and found that the rice was only partially cooked. Turn the gas stove back on and watch the cooker like a hawk for 5 more minutes before turning it off. No hissing this time.
The next day, went to office and checked with a colleague. She said "Shouldn't that be how a pressure cooker works meh?"... haha pai seh (embarrassed). She was probably right. Went home that night and decided to give it another try. This time, used it to soften some meat for making soup. Maybe due to the assurance given by the colleague that the cooker will not just blow up in my face, I was very prepared for the hissing bit. When it did, I still jumped. But the dogs didn't bark and I managed to coolly wait until the hissing stopped. Then I realized, this is how a pressure cooker works. Ha Ha.
I have so far managed to steam rice with it, boiled soup and make a soya sauce pork stew. I am very happy with the time savings and the gas savings this pressure cooker is giving me. And the meat really turns out wonderfully, even for meat which I forgot to take out to defrost was cooked without any hassle.
I am planing to steam a spare ribs dish using the pressure cooker to see how different the meat will taste but definitely, it will take a much shorter time to do. Made this steamed spare ribs a while back. The ingredients and method would be exactly the same, except that it will be using lesser gas and lesser time.
Oh my pressure cooker...... let me count the ways I love you .... beef stew, stew pork, soups.. ah.. i also want to boil porridge using you soon....ahhhhhh