Advice About Pressure Cookers

Are pressure cookers good, great or fantastic to use? I am considering purchasing one but remember all the mishaps with them in our distant past. Have they improved? Any brand recommendations that you would recommend?

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October 14, 20050 found this helpful

Just follow the directions carefully and they are as safe as can be. I use mine all the time. Saves on cooking time, use less fluids and you don't lose the goodness and flavor that you do if you just boil in a regular pot.

Note I have a couple of pressure cookers made especially for microwaves and they are really super.

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October 14, 20050 found this helpful

Pressure cookers are fantastic. I've been using them for 45 years. And they're safe. If you forget to turn it down, and the pressure builds up to much, there is a safety valve that blows. I know, it's happened to me a couple times. No harm done. Roasts and beans and all kinds of things come out tender and tasty and certainly quicker. I highly recommend buying one. Don't be afraid of it - use it. It'll sure cut down on your cooking time! And if you go online and do a search, you'll find plenty of recipes using a pressure cooker.

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October 14, 20050 found this helpful

I totally agree with jrslady! I've been using mine for years too. The food cooks in it's own juicies, so the taste is much better. I work full time, have kids, so when I get home the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It cooks very fast, so supper is on the table pronto! I have a Mirror one, but they have alot of different ones, so look around. Use it, enjoy it.

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October 14, 20050 found this helpful

I wouldn't be without one. Have had one for years and years (the stovetop type, not the electric). The only part that broke was the sealing ring, and that took 10 years to go. Very inexpensive to replace.

The larger the cut of meat, the longer the cooking time, the larger the pot!

So if you are planning on cooking a brisket or stew (for instance) for 3 people or more, do NOT get the 4 qt. size because it will run out of steam and burn the food before it has had long enough to cook (I had a bad experience with a Fagor 4 qt.-maybe I was expecting too much from it). If you by chance get a 4 qt. save your receipt to return if it doesn't work right or the recipes are too small for your family size.

I have a 6 quart size by Cuisinart which will do a 3 pound corned beef (which is absolutely fantastic and unbelievably tender in the pressure cooker).

Also, they are just wonderful for dried beans (as is the crockpot if you think of slow cooking early enough in the day).

Don't buy an aluminum pot (reacts with acid foods like tomatoes and may possibly contribute to Alzheimer's Disease) or a coated one with a teflon type substance. There is a lot of pressure in there and am figuring the coating has just got to come off sooner or later, and probably sooner, and then you are going to have to invest $$$ in another one and be eating the coating in your food!

To minimize sticking, I brush a coating of oil after the pot heats up in the interior up to where I guess the food will reach. Have not had much of a sticking problem. And I can scrub the dickens out of it if I have to because it's not coated.

Basically, you heat the pot, wipe sides with oil, put the recipe in, put on the lid, lock it in place, and when the little bar is showing on the top stick piece at the third ring, you turn the heat down and set the timer.

Check it after a few mins. to make sure you didn't turn the heat down too low.

If needed, raise the heat, get that third bar showing and then turn the heat down again to a different setting.

Only one thing you (ok, two) need to do. Never let the rubber sealing ring be bent or twisted in any way while it is stored in the cabinet and push on the stick in the lid before using to make sure it's not stuck.

Have I answered your questions?

Holly

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October 23, 20050 found this helpful

I just bought an electric pressyre cooker, i.e. electronic, and there is a removable cooking pot inside made of teflon; so i am wondering if this is an healthy way of cooking foods cause of this " removable pot" I think about to get my money back case tef lon heated at high temperature has carcinogenic and toxic health problems and it says that if i add too much food in it there coud set in fire; so then it is' nt safe either... it should' nt be sold at Canadian Tire. I am looking for a stainless steel pre ssure cooker...It is' nt made in Canada that type of things... thanks!

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February 21, 20060 found this helpful

I have used one for years, as did my Mom. I'd moved, in the process the jiggler was lost and gone for over a year in some thing we'd packed it in. I looked for so long for it. I could only do so much from a wheel chair. I found it one day stuffed in the sewing basket, it was like I'd found a piece of gold. The meat, you can cut with a fork, and it's wonderful tasting within cooking in it's own juice. There's nothing that taste better from a pressure cooker. I even cook boiled peanuts. MMMmmmm. I love my Mirror pressure cooker. If anyone know's where I can find a cook book, please send me the site to, If you will. LightOfOurFather @ aol.com (remove spaces). Thanks D.

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February 22, 20060 found this helpful

Pressure cookbooks available at bookstores and ebay.

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