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Pressure cooker!

I got a pressure cooker for Christmas. I've already made chicken soup with it and it was the most amazing soup I've ever made, and it took less than 90 minutes from heat on to soup in the bowl. I want to make other stuff with it, but the only things I can think of are long cooked soups and stew. While tasty, this would get boring rather quickly. What are your favorite things to make? Links to recipes would be awesome. I don't care if it's from pre-packaged ingredients or homemade. I think split pea soup is my next project, but I'm willing to change plans since it would be only me eating it with the wife hating it.


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Jan. 2nd, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
As a kid, my mother used one a lot when she got home from work. Pot roast with veggies was one of my favorites.
Jan. 2nd, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
Same here!

My mom would also cook a cauliflower in the pressure cooker, and make a white sauce out of the water used after. I never understood why my friends didn't like cauliflower - it was never mushy like they claimed, and it tasted so good! :-)
Jan. 2nd, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Check out Dad Cooks Dinner:

And Pressure Cooker Diaries:

Pressure Cooker Diaries hasn't updated in a while, but she has some good stuff. I really like making pulled pork, chicken soup, and and pot roast in mine.
Jan. 2nd, 2013 02:42 am (UTC)
This is a great cookbook, and the only one I have for my pressure cooker.

I *love* pressure cooker split pea soup. It's so soft and velvety. Helpful tip? Add cooked bacon or ham after cooking, otherwise the meat if kind of flavorless.

Also short ribs and pot roast and stews of all kinds.
Jan. 2nd, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
Beef Fajitas/tacos... a beef roast and a jar of salsa. I think it took 40 minutes in my pressure cooker. WHile the meat cooks, slice and sautee peppers (if you like them) and onions. Shred the meat when it's cooked, and put on totillias, with your favorite taco/fajita fixings.
Jan. 2nd, 2013 07:02 am (UTC)
I love MissVickie's site, great tips on cooking everything in a pressure cooker. I cooked brown rice in my pressure cooker the other night and it came out perfectly, not to mention very tasty, in less than a half hour. The How-To section is amazing.

I'm just getting into using my Mother's pressure cookers, I'm use to only making sausage, potatoes and sauerkraut in the pressure cooker (my father actually taught me how to do that). So I'm learning. I'm a little afraid of making soup in it, because my Mother did have an incident with her pressure cookers where the soup came out through the top and all over the kitchen. BUT, I suspect something went wrong with a seal or maybe even user error. So I'm working on getting my confidence up to try soup soon. Good luck with your experimenting!

Also seconding roasts! My Mom use to make pot roast almost every Sunday in the pressure cooker, it was so good and I've never been able to duplicate it outside of the pressure cooker.
Jan. 2nd, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
I often use it for cooking grains. Quinoa takes one minute of cook time, plus natural release, and it's done. Brown rice takes 12-18 minutes, plus natural release. It's also great for cooking beans - even unsoaked dry beans can be done in under an hour. Also, this soup is pretty amazing.
Jan. 2nd, 2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
I would do a lot of legume-based dishes. Baked beans would be nice! Also, I learned from a friend of mine with a new pressure cooker that you can cook potatoes in them very quickly for making mashed potatoes. I basically peeled them, cut them in 4-6 pieces depending on size, added 1/2 cup of water, and cooked them at high pressure for about 6 minutes. They came out just perfect for mashing.
Jan. 2nd, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
I used to make spaghetti sauce, using the recipe in the little booklet that came with the cooker (mine was a Mirro brand, if I recall correctly).
And roasts, and I've used it to speed up cook times on beans, but you have to be a bit careful on those; make sure you rinse your beans really well after soaking overnight if you plan on pressure cooking them.
Jan. 3rd, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
Corned beef. We just buy the package at the store with the spice pack and have sandwiches for days.
Jan. 4th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Look out for vintage pressure cooker manuals and cookbooks, all kinds of crazy ideas in them. I mostly use mine for grains and braising meat. Great for pulled pork or carnitas.
Jan. 4th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)
The first thing I made in my pressure cooker was pot roast, and it was the best I've ever made. No lie.

Since then, the more memorable meals have been pulled pork, ribs, chili, and a whole chicken. I also love it to cook dried beans, no presoaking required.

P.S. My pressure cooker handbook says not to cook "frothy" ingredients in it, like pasta, barley, and split peas. Maybe yours is different though.
Jan. 6th, 2013 03:50 am (UTC) You might enjoy this episode of Good Eats and Chili and a pressure cooker. :D

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