Thursday, April 4, 2013
Learning to use a Pressure Cooker
I'm always looking for ways to save money. Over the years, I've learned to pare down the unnecessaries, cut out services we don't need, cook from scratch, clip coupons, cut utility consumption, DIY, etc. etc (see my other posts on frugal and sustainable living tips).... And still I continue to look for more ways to do things better, cut costs and save more.
I often choose tougher cuts of meat, or beans to cook to save money, however these take a much longer cooking time, hence more time on stove/crock pot, which uses up more electricity.... so is there really any savings in end?
Pressure cookers are back in style again and I've resisted getting one because out of fear I guess. Hearing stories of the tops blowing off as a kid. Today's pressure cookers are safer than they used to be. So I recently broke down and got one, on sale - half price, plus a 20% of coupon. And I'm happy that I did.
The first recipe I tried came from a recent edition of the Canadian Chatelaine Magazine - called "Faux-Tisserie Chicken" with dilly potatoes. A whole 5 lb chicken and potatoes took 20 minutes in the pressure cooker, was easy to make and delicious.