I have a new kitchen tool! I purchased a pressure cooker. Now, this is probably not exciting for most people, but I'm thrilled! My mom never used one, I've never used one, so this is a first experience. So far it is going well. I've made a chicken dish, a pot roast and black beans. The chicken dish was very flavorful and super easy. I just chopped up some potatoes, zucchini, summer squash and sweet potatoes, threw in a can of diced tomatoes, the chicken which I cut in pieces, some herbs/spices, and wa-lah! dinner is done. It was all of 30 minutes. The cook time was actually 9 minutes, and I would go 7 next time. The chicken was a tiny bit overdone.
I also made a pot roast. Now, I cook my pot roast all day in the oven at a low temp. Low and slow for fork tender, so I was pretty leary when they said I could get fork tender in an hour. I gave it a whirl, and it was pretty good! I would have liked the meat to be a little more tender. I'll need to play around with this a little, not sure if it needs a little more time, or a little less time. The potatoes and carrots I put with it were wonderful, and the gravy was fabulous! So, really, overall, a great meal. Husband loved it, that's all that really matters isn't it?
My most recent was my black beans and rice recipe which is already on here. I use dried beans. I soaked them from 10 this morning til 4 this afternoon. Then I put them in the pressure cooker with the water. Use 3 cups of water to every 1 cup of dried beans. 9 minutes later... perfect black beans! I'm pretty sure this will be my future method for all my dried beans.
So, I want to hear from YOU! Do you have a pressure cooker? Do you use it? What's your favorite meal to use it for? Please please share your recipe's!!
I will share more specific's on the first 2 recipe's another time . I can't wait to get your feedback, so please comment. :-)