Monday, March 7, 2011

Under Pressure

When I was growing up my mom had a pressure cooker and my grandma had a pressure cooker; so when I found a used one, about 15 to 20 years ago, I just had to have it. I believe I paid 3-dollars for it and was pretty excited until I realized something was missing...
Which was the pressure control that sits on top. After searching for several months, while on a road trip, I located one at an Ace Hardware store in Oklahoma. The price was a shocking 10-bucks; but without it the pressure cooker wouldn't work.
Thankfully finding a book was cheaper, 1-dollar at a junk store.
Over the years I found I seldom used my pressure cooker; until recently when I was on a quest for a juicier roast and began searching the web for ideas. Now I am truly hooked on pressure cooker cooking.

To cook a great roast sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder; sear each side in a little oil; be sure to sear the roast in the pressure cooker and not a separate pan.
My book recommends cooking roast at 10-pounds for 45 to 60 minutes. I like cooking for the full 60 minutes; the meat comes out so tender and juicy.
The broth you will find at the bottom of the pan is so rich and full of flavor;
And makes the very best gravy ever.
Why did I wait so long to discover how well a pressure cooker works?

1 comment:

Helen Ruth said...

I have the pressure cooker that grandma had. It's been my popcorn popper all these years. This month, the handle fell off. I've used it THAT much! I refuse to throw it away. So now, I pop popcorn, by holding to the screw that is still sticking out. The plastic like handle had cracked and then it fell off. Oh well, maybe I may reture it and turn it into a flower pot!!

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