I was flicking through the channels one night and my remote got stuck, literally stuck, on the HSN channel. With nothing else to watch, I was forced to hear all about the 8 quart electric pressure cooker from Wolfgang Puck. And wouldn’t you know it, it was a one day special, never to see this low price again, even through the holidays. I was fascinated at how fast it cooked everything. There were so many times last winter that we were forced to eat food cooked in the microwave or run through the drive through as we were carting 4 kids off in different directions for sports. I had my husband watch the demos on the pressure cooker and he agreed it was worth trying.
I got my pressure cooker a few days later and didn’t take it out of the box for a few days. I was scared to use it. I remember my grandmother forbidding my mom to get one. She said she’d blow up the whole house. Isn’t that scary, LOL!!! Yet, as I’ve been posting some meals I’ve been making on Facebook, another reader said she was scared for the same reason. Apparently, they’ve improved the technology on the pressure cookers and I made my first meal in itI 4 days ago. My house is still standing, all is good!!!
My first meal was a pot roast with all the veggies. It came out good and yes, it cooked really quick. I followed the recipe that came with the booklet. The second night I made pull apart pork and kinda made up my own recipe, following 2 different recipes, and everyone loved it. The third night I challenged myself to homemade mac and cheese and again, a hit! The whole meal was done in 8 minutes. Tonight, I was running late for everything and wasn’t sure what I was going to put together. My chicken breasts were more than 1/2 frozen and thought it would be easier to just order pizza. I mean really, I cooked 3 nights in a row….really good meals too, right. Instead, I pressure cooked chicken parm. Yes, with almost frozen chicken too. It took 8 minutes. Seriously, 8 minutes and it was delicious.
As we know there are millions of recipes out there for crock pot recipes, but I’m finding it a bit challenging to find pressure cooker recipes. I know many people find it simple and just throw everything in the pot, but I’m not quite there yet. I also want to cook everything in the same pot. I find some recipes that maybe cook the chicken and veggies in the pot, then cook the pasta on the stove. From the samples that were shown on TV, everything can be thrown into the pot and that’s the kind of recipes I’m looking for. I’ve only been using my pressure cooker for less than a week and there’s no doubt I love it. I’ve been looking through the internet and am finding some good recipes to try. I’m also going to head to the library tomorrow and pull some cookbooks from there too. Did you know you can even cook corn on the cob in the pressure cooker too? One of our readers has been doing while it’s corn season and says it comes out perfect.
While I’m still looking for recipes, a lot of you now want to get a pressure cooker too. I’ve come up with a few more I found on Amazon and checked the reviews. I paid $80 for mine, but regularly it was $130. I’m finding comparable prices for you and they are good name brands as well. The ones below are 6 quart and mine above is 8 quart. You can still get Wolfgang’s Pressure Cooker here for $90 plus shipping.
Stay tuned for some recipes next week, until then, take a peek at what I found on Amazon.