Anyone use a pressure cooker?

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Registered: 08-01-2007
Anyone use a pressure cooker?
Mon, 12-15-2008 - 6:38pm

Do you use a pressure cooker on a regular basis for everyday meals not just for canning? I have cooked a roast while learning how to use it and today I made mashed potatoes in under 10 mins.

Just wondering if anyone uses theirs for everyday uses.

Please share.

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Mon, 12-15-2008 - 6:59pm

Yep. Used it just this evening for some meat for soup. Makes a tough cut fork tender, then I can shred it in my borscht. Yum! Sweet potatoes I cook up too, in addition to regular potatoes. Then, mash and put them in a casserole from Cooking Light (I think). Called "struesled sweet potatoes" or some such. It's on their web site.

I have 2 of them... a 4.5 qt and a 6.0 qt. I used the 4.5 qt tonight for the meat.

Beans can also be cooked in them, but they are a bit trickier. Need watching.

Oddly enough, I've never used either one for canning.

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Mon, 12-15-2008 - 7:55pm
I use the pressure cooker all the time to c ook rice and lentilas ( for Indian daal).
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Tue, 12-16-2008 - 10:16am

I use one regularly to cook beans.

Corn on the cob is very good from the pressure cooker.

This year we cooked down the Halloween pumpkin in the pressure cooker- which worked extremely well and I'd probably never do it any other way now, though it took a good number of loads.

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Registered: 08-01-2007
Tue, 12-16-2008 - 2:16pm

Great! So could any of you instruct me on how to cook pinto beans in the cooker? Do you have any favorite recipes you could share? I have seen recipes for pressure cookers, but I always tend to go the tried and true route first.

Have a great day!

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Tue, 12-16-2008 - 7:43pm

My grandmother's recipe (we're several generations of pressure cooker users):

PINTO BEANS in pressure cooker

  • 1 cup dried pinto beans, picked over
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 of a "center cut" sliced ham