I’m not a gadget person. I don’t jump on the first new thing when it comes out. In fact, the only machine I ever trusted was myself. True story: I didn’t even trust calculators when they came out. (Yes. I’m older than handheld calculators.) I used to work out the problem on paper to see if that little contraption was right.
So it surprised me when I finally bought a pressure cooker. I have an old pressure canner, one of those ancient cookers with the weighted lid and the bolt down locks. I keep it for those rare times I actually need to can food.
Someone had raved about her electric pressure cooker and my interest was piqued, but at $140 it wasn’t that piqued. I kept the Elite Bistro 8 qt cooker on my Amazon Wish List for over a year. It would go down slightly and then jump back up. At one point it had jumped to nearly $190. I was convinced it was never going to be mine.
One day it had dropped down to the weird price of $95.69. I immediately put it in my cart. The best part though was yet to come. I had recently opened a new credit card with Amazon. They offered a $40 credit to open an account. Plus, I had a $30 refund from Amazon for an item that had gone down in price and I had asked for a refund of the difference. See my post on Amazon’s price drop guarantee.
My final price was $25.69!
It arrived and I walked around this humongous box, afraid to open it. This was the moment of truth. Me and electronic gadgets have never been the best of friends.
Finally, I had to go big or go home. I called my handsome assistant, Greg, and set up the cooker like a surgeon prepping his patient for the first incision.
It was so easy it was almost anti-climatic. The machine had preset times for various meals. All I did was push the button and hit start.
The first thing I cooked was bean soup. I had soaked the beans the night before, but I never expected the soup to be finished in under 20 minutes. Greg liked the soup so much he asked me to make it again.
Yay, I got him to add a vegetarian dish to his repertoire of favorite meals. Well, it’s a vegetarian base. He insisted on adding sausage.
Then I tried rice. I cook a lot of rice both for us and the dogs. It came out fluffy with perfect texture.
The big test came with a frozen brick of pork roast I had forgotten in the back of the freezer. It was older than I’d like to admit, but what did I have to lose? I cooked it for 3o minutes. It was moist and tender but I needed it softer so I could shred it, so I cooked it for ten more minutes. Perfection!
I made four different meals out of that old pork roast. Note: The pork roast I’ll be cooking tonight will be my second attempt at pressure cooking pork.
I’ll admit, the final price I got was a rare event. Had I known it would give me results like this I would’ve bought it long ago. We use it at least two to three times a week now.
The final verdict: The pressure cooker is a winner. The only disadvantage is that it’s big and bulky, but the time savings is incredible and my very picky epicurean has loved everything I’ve made so far.
(I really want this book! It’s on my wish list.)
Addendum: I’m more popular than I thought. One of my good friends just bought me this book. Thanks, Mel!
Update: I can report now having used it for several months that I’m still ecstatic with this machine. I haven’t touched my slow cooker since the pressure cooker arrived. I’m afraid the old slow cooker is headed for the attic. The ‘Insta-pot’ or electric pressure cooker, whichever you want to call it is here to stay. I am so glad I bought this machine.
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