Finding the best electric pressure cooker for your family is not a chore. There are several on the market. I recently purchased one and I am shocked how easy they are to operate and how quickly they cook my meals.
I have always been petrified of a pressure cooker. There is a good reason for that.
When I was in second grade I got burned in the kitchen with 2nd and 3rd degree burns on my shoulders, back and tummy. I was miserable. I was excited to be going on a field trip that day and I bumped into my dad who had a fresh pot of coffee in his hands. Ouch! It was my fault.
So you can probably understand why I was afraid of my mothers stove-top pressure cooker that she used to can food with. It would make so much noise with the steam escaping and that thing on the top would just dance. It freaked me out.
Yep…that’s me in the picture. I didn’t look too happy that day either.
Needless to say, I have never owned one because I am still freaked out that I might get burned. But a friend of mine just loves her electric pressure cooker and raves about how fast she can make dinner.
You guessed it, I broke down and bought one. It wasn’t as scary as I remembered. But then, I didn’t buy the stove-top version. This cooker didn’t really make any noise and that thingy on top didn’t dance around.
Since then I have learned to use it well. I can come home late and have a great meal on the table in 30 to 45 minutes. Yes, I said 30 to 45 minutes. And I am talking about taking the meat out of the freezer when I get home and it being done in 30 to 45 minutes.
Here is my electric pressure cooker that I bought from Amazon. It is a Nesco PC6-25P Electric Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart, Stainless Steel. It has really simple instructions and I have loved using it. I like that I can program it to start about an hour or less before I get home from work. I just makes my day easier and I don’t have to stress about dinner on the way home. Yes, there is some fore thought that needs to go into using your electric pressure cooker, but I can either figure it out in the morning or on my way home from work. In the morning or the night before creates much less stress for me and it makes my family happier.
I also purchased the stainless steel replacement pot because I don’t like to cook with the Teflon coated pans. And of course, I bought a cookbook to get me started. Although once I got the hang of it, I took off. I need the recipe book for ideas though and for cooking times. I love to browse cook books, so this was another great excuse to buy a cook book.
Last week I came home around 4 and realized that I failed to take the country ribs out of the freezer that I wanted to BBQ. I grabbed the pressure cooker, put about 2 cups of water in it and plopped in the frozen country ribs. I cooked it on high for 15 minutes. They were exactly like I wanted them to be. I didn’t want them falling apart yet, because I wanted to put them on the grill for the last little bit. The turned out perfect. By the time hubby pulled in, I had country ribs, fresh tomatoes and a salad on the table. It looked like I worked for hours. Shhhh…don’t tell hubby.
Here is my electric pressure cooker with all the parts. I am not a great photographer…sorry.
So, what do you think? Will you give the electric pressure cooker a try? If you know someone that works late and is trying to make a good dinner for her family when she gets home, this might be a great gift idea. Especially if she is like me and forgets to take the meat out of the freezer.
This is also great for beans, like for chili. I like the old fashioned way of soaking the beans and then cooking them. I think they are better in chili. But with the pressure cooker I don’t have to soak them and they take about 15 minutes. I love this thing!