August 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm #257193
I am vegetarian and keep thinking a pressure cooker would be handy to cook beans, stews etc quickly, but everytime I mention pressure cookers to anyone I am greeted by stories of how they have exploded.
Anyone have first hand experience and would you recommend?August 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm #526771
I do have an electric one, not a stove top, and I love it
even those with a stove top PC love them
they have been greatly improved since the days when they exploded
I have never done lentils and such in it tho
but I do love mine
it does great riceAugust 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm #526772
What brand do you have Calliecat, I like the idea of being able to cook a quick meal on weeknights. I think I would prefer an eletric one.August 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm #526773
I’ve also done soups and risottos as well
makes a great rice pudding 🙂August 2, 2012 at 12:12 am #526774
I bought a electric pressure cooker a couple of weeks ago,i have always been to scared to get one because of all the horror stories of them exploding. :ohmy:
I got a Newwave and i love it, really should have got one years ago, mine is also a slower cooker, steamer and browns your meat or vegies first if you want. 🙂August 2, 2012 at 12:17 am #526775
I thought I just wrote a response for this! Anyway, my mum had one when I was kid and it was great! She now just uses a slow cooker and so do I. Never heard of any exploding, scary!August 2, 2012 at 12:35 am #526776
Only ever heard of people not knowing how to operate them and opening them when they were still under pressure and having all the food shoot up onto the ceiling. (bit of a hassle eating off the ceiling) But if they are used correctly they are brilliant. I have had my stovetop model for years and I love it.August 2, 2012 at 2:13 am #526777
Ive got a stove top one and its excellent.
They dont explode or my one hasnt in the last 20 odd years.
They have safety release catches to stop you opening it under pressure and making the lid explode.
They have pressure release valves that are weighted to let ta certain amount of pressure out,if you over filled and something jammed against that hole it could explode but it would bee a pretty obvious thing not to over fill it.
Cooks great beans, lentils,curries.
Excellent for tender meat in chillis stews and pies
One of my favourite thingsAugust 2, 2012 at 3:34 am #526778
Aldi have them on sale on Weds 8 August for $50.Electric.1000w.6L capacity.4 digit LED display.Stainless steel housing.Removeable pot for washing up, hand or dishwasher.1 year warranty.August 2, 2012 at 3:37 am #526779
My mother had a pressure cooker several decades ago. According to my mother it worked brilliantly and she used to use it all the time.
However one day we were looking forward to one of Mum’s usual delicious stews. She turned off the power but asked my father to take up dinner. He immediately took off the weight, no steam came out so he twisted the lid off. Unfortunately there was a piece of carrot stuck in the outlet.
After he drowned himself in cold water to remove the scalding bits of stew, he decided that it was probably time to redecorate the kitchen anyway. He also had to get the ladder out to retreive the lid which was embedded in the ceiling. They were a bit more careful after that.
AndrewAugust 2, 2012 at 3:46 am #526780
Scary stuff! :ohmy: How would you know there was carrot stuffing up the outlet!Do they still have those weights? Probably more techy nowadays with other means of creating the pressure. My Mum had one like that, Pardelote , also many decades ago , and she used it constantly without any mishaps.August 2, 2012 at 10:30 am #526781
I was cooking lentils in my pressure cooker a week ago and it did explode.I was cutting up vegies on the bench beside the stove when without any warning it happened.
The lid didn’t come off but the contents of the pot ended up all over my kitchen and some with projectile force hit my face just over my eye.The pot itself travelled also.
Huge mess to clean up and the rubber seal is completely broken.And the lid is buckled.
This pressure cooker was maybe a year old.August 2, 2012 at 11:19 am #526782
I do know decades ago, the did recommend NOT to cook pea and ham soup in them, maybe people tended to overfill themAugust 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm #526783
I have two stove-top ones, both German brand Fissler. I only have two because I adopted a second last week when my parents got an induction cooker and they had to buy a new one.
I’ve never had it explode and it cooks very fast. So fast that I tend not to use it because I have a tendency to overcook :ohmy:
But for anything where you don’t mind if it goes a little mushy, like stock or soup it is brilliant as it cooks on the lowest gas setting once the steam has built up.
All modern pressure cookers have a steam release if the pressure builds up, but I wouldn’t go out and leave it like I would a slow cooker.August 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm #526784
the electrics do have timers on them, you still wouldn’t go and leave it tho, – mind you, I can do a casserole (400gms) of meat in 15mins anyway
think the exploding ones, could be because they were too full
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