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Sep. 21, 2011 9:38 am 
Updated: Sep. 21, 2011 12:01 pm
My husband hates the smell of cooking fish, so until now, I've never made it at home. For health's sake, however, I've begun adding seafood to my diet every other day. (Is a diet of seafood, including a crabby husband, healthy?) Today, I decided to cook a cod fillet in my pressure cooker… MORE
 
 
Sep. 20, 2011 12:46 pm 
Updated: Sep. 20, 2011 12:58 pm
Ideally, stove-top pressure cookers (PCs) should come with a gage so that you can easily monitor what is going on before, during, and after the cooking process. Unfortunately, commonly available PCs do not. Instead, we need to guess what to look for in order to make adjustments. This article… MORE
1 - This is a Fagor Dual pressure cooker lid valve assembly.
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2 - Pre-pressure behavior on the Fagor causes steam to escape.
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3 - Depending on amount, pre-pressure steam might create a puddle on your range top.
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4 - When pressure is achieved on a Fagor, steam no longer appears under the handle.
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Sep. 18, 2011 11:53 am 
Updated: Sep. 19, 2011 5:14 pm
Now that I'm into my second month of pressure cooking, I decided to experiment by making a pot roast from a whole, 2.5 pound beef chuck. In the past, I cut the chuck into approximately 2 inch cubes before cooking it in my pressure cooker (PC).  I also decided to try the advice of Lorna Sass,… MORE
Process of browning the meat and vegetables while bringing water to a boil in the pressure cooker.
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Once browned, the meat and vegetables are added to the pre-boiled water in the pressure cooker.
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This is the finished non-cubed chuck roast. Notice the absence of fat, which is not particularly goo
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With burners all off, I draped a damp cloth over a large strainer to absorb some of the spray.
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Sep. 17, 2011 10:01 am 
Taking advice from several different cookbooks on how to make potato-based soup, today (one day after making the original batch), I added heavy cream to my servings. The cream changed the taste from one where I was aware of small potato chunks (I did not puree the soup) to one that tasted, … MORE
Potato soup with heavy cream added prior to serving.
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Sep. 16, 2011 6:29 pm 
Updated: Sep. 17, 2011 7:34 am
The object of this pressure cooker (PC) adventure was to see how fast I could make and serve potato soup. While I used a ham slice as a base, it is not required, as I'll describe later. The time I spent making it included 5 minutes for chopping, 3 minutes to bring the PC to pressure, 10… MORE
1 - Adding ingredients in a pressure cooker to pre-heated water.
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2 - This is what a quick release on a pressure cooker looks like.
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3 - Deflect steam by placing a damp, light-weight cloth on top of the pot.
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4 - Cooked potato soup ready for the last step.
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Sep. 14, 2011 10:54 am 
Updated: Sep. 16, 2011 9:40 pm
I finally received two Lorna Sass pressure cooker (PC) cookbooks and have compared her advice on troubleshooting with my experiences. Here's what I've learned:Problem bringing the PC up to pressure (it's taking too long):? Lid isn't locked: As a new PC cook, I frequently forgot to do this.… MORE
Prior to pressurizing, steam comes out of a relief valve near the pressure gage.
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Sep. 12, 2011 8:19 pm 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 11:28 pm
Today's  pressure cooker (PC) experiment was conducted on seven chicken thighs, cooked in their own broth. During the course of this experiment, I screwed up a few times, but the result was as good as I expected, yielding an exceptionally flavorful gravy (or "broth").  To start, I lightly… MORE
#1: Ingredients added to the PC, with diced potatoes on top.
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Prior to pressurizing, steam comes out of a relief valve near the pressure gage.
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#3: Drape a damp, cloth over the steam valve during a fast release to keep cabinets clean.
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#4: Finished pressure cooker chicken stewed in its rich broth.
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Sep. 10, 2011 8:36 pm 
Updated: Sep. 14, 2011 3:26 pm
Prior to today, I've cooked pot roast in my pressure cooker (PC) twice. Because I was unsure of myself, I made only 2 pounds of beef each time. Today, I went for broke (at only $14.40), and cooked 4.5 pounds. It turned out beautifully. Here's what I did: For a pot roast base, I used onions… MORE
Picture 1: Pot roast at the beginning of the PC process.
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Picture 2: Pot roast at the end of the PC process.
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Picture 3: Pot roast broth at the end of the PC process.
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Sep. 9, 2011 9:35 pm 
Updated: Sep. 11, 2011 9:58 am
This is the third time I've cooked rice in my pressure cooker (PC). Each time has been a surprise because I have not known what to expect. This time, I cooked two cups of rice with onion, red pepper, and a slosh of olive oil, guessed at the time, opened the PC too early, and, well, here is… MORE
Brown Rice Cooked with Onion and Red Pepper
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Sep. 3, 2011 8:25 am 
Updated: Sep. 3, 2011 10:16 am
I've spent hours researching how to use a pressure cooker (PC) to make brown rice and have not come up with a persistent pattern of advice from all my sources. So today's blog is my attempt to identify a reliable baseline; one that provides direction and also describes what I'm seeing during… MORE
Brown rice cooked in a pressure cooker
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About Me
My name is Karen Little. I'm a travel writer (see www.Littleviews.com) and adult kick scooter evangelist (www.LetsKickScoot.com). My current love is going sightseeing around the USA on my trusty kick scooter and encouraging others to do the same!
My favorite things to cook
I became a vegan (vegetarian) in January 2011, then switched to being a modified vegetarian in August. While I still primarily eat vegetarian meals, I now eat meat a few times a week. That said, I enjoy vegetable and grain-based meals very much. They are great on the tummy as well as the budget.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's favorite dishes included hotdogs, baloney, and undercooked chicken. My mother-in-law's favorite dish was pot roast. As I grew older, my favorite foods were all served in fast-food restaurants. I now live somewhat near "Carlos Bakery" (owned by "The Cake Boss") in Hoboken, NJ. I would regularly buy Bear Claws there, but can't because of all the tourists vying to get in front of me. TIP: If you can actually get in Carlos Bakery, make sure you leave with a box full of fresh Bear Claws.
My cooking triumphs
I am currently excited about using a pressure cooker.
My cooking tragedies
Happily, I don't have any tragedies, but you never know what Anthony Bourdain would say about my culinary skills. Then again, considering the types of things he eats from street vendors, maybe he'd be really pleased.
 
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