Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pressure Cooking Crazy & Gardening Fun!

Hey all!

I just had to post this before I forget!  I am in love!!  Can you believe it??  Do you want to know what I'm in love with this time?  LOL!  Well, it's my new Electric Pressure Cooker!  I just got it in the mail on Saturday and have already used it twice!!  It's SUPER AWESOME!  I originally bought it so I could do some pressure canning since I own a glass top stove and they don't recommend the traditional pressure canner/cooker as it will crack your stove..... but I digress!  On Sunday I forgot to put my roast in the crock pot before church, as it normally takes a good 6-8 hours on low for a nice tender roast.  So...... when I got home I put a layer of carrots, celery, potatoes, and roast with 2 inches of water in my pressure cooker and set it on high for 60 minutes.  VOILA!!  I went out to visit some women in my ward (congregation) and when I got home dinner was ready and it was DELICIOUS and tender!!  (Always read the owner's manual for any pressure cooker you purchase and follow the instructions suggested.)

Tonight I wanted to test out frozen chicken breasts so I added 3 frozen chicken breasts, 3 quartered onions, and about 4 cups of chicken broth.  10 minutes later it was done!!  Dinner will never be the same around here!!  

Here is the one I own.  I bought it here at Amazon.com but you can pick these up almost anywhere.  

Do you want to see my garden so far???  My squash and cucumber plants are getting HUGE!!!   I grew these from seeds!!!  I cannot even believe it!  Wait until you see our garden next Summer!




27 comments:

  1. Wow the garden looks great Robyn!! That pressure cooker looks interesting!! I'm a little nervous to try pressure canning, although I'd love to do some green beans.....this one looks a little less intimidating!!! Talk about dinner convenience, too!!! :)

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  2. Fabulous pressure cooker and so convenient:-) Your garden is looking awesome. How are you settling into the "no business woman"? You must wonder how you ever fitted everything into the day. Happy days:-)

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  3. Where were these electric pressure cookers when my kiddies were little??? Love your garden. I am a member of an organic farm co-op and I LOVE going each week to pick up all my healthy in season veggies!! BTW ...I am glad that you are back to blogging for blogging sake. The new trend for selling products and nothing but guest designers has turned me off many of the blogs that I used to enjoy checking up on.

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  4. Hope your pressure cooking turns out fabulous! I have really never had the need for one but have always been intriqued by them. Love, love your garden! Hopefully, either this fall or next Spring I can have one in a corner of my yard!

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  5. I LOVE my pressure cooker! Mine is called Living Well Pressure cooker by Montel Williams. I bought it from QVC..I's a crock pot, canner, pressure cooker all in one! Love your garden Robin! Something I want to do next year..

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  6. I love my pressure cooker for canning, but it is great for cooking too! Try making bean soup - gone are the days of soaking your dry beans overnight and boiling them for hours!

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  7. I am in the same boat with the glass cook top. I'm not too concerned about it right now though because, honestly, pressure canning scares me a little!

    I saw those pressure cookers at Costco a couple of years ago. Are they big enough to do canning in them?

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  8. Oh - I am about ready to buy the same one! I too was wondering though if it was big enough to can it? We just moved from Washington State at sea level, to Wyoming and are now living at 7,200 feet - so it sounds like this will help us a lot with cooking stuff! I just learned yesterday that it takes 2-3 times as much water to cook rice at this elevation as at sea level!

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  9. Wow, I may have to get one of those. Dinner in 10 minutes??? That is fabulous!

    Leslie

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  10. yea!!!u'R BETTER than I am Robyn!!I bought 1 2yrs ago & haven't used it as yet..I know BAD..have fun..TFS!!!

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  11. Actually, this one will only pressure can about 4 pint jars so not as big as I thought it would be. I'm super happy with it for cooking though!

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  12. you are quite the "pink" thumb! So glad to see you back on your blog, just sharing. Curious if you are still going to be doing blog hops and design teams? One of my goals is to be on your design team!!

    Keep on growing those veggies!!!

    Cindy (fan in AZ)
    cstark72@gmail.com

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  13. Hi Cindy!

    I am not going to be doing DTs anymore but I will still be doing some fun things like hops and such. Karlee will be here in 4 weeks so we are going to try to plan a MPS LIVE! WoO HoO!

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  14. I love my pressure cooker too! I make meat and potato pie and ribs with it. So fast and my kids love hearing the steaming releasing. Your garden looks awesome! Are giant pumpkin just started growing and it looks like we are going to get about 5 ears of corn! I also can't believe I'm going to have grown something from seed!

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  15. Good to know about the pressure cooker and your garden looks wonderful.

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  16. It is so nice to see you back with your everyday life stories. Missed that. Love your garden. I have a little one with tomatoes, and herbs but that is about it this year. Hope for more next year. Welcome back!

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  17. Hate to give you bad news,you can't use smaller cookers for pressure canning. Its not that they may get up to the proper pressure, but its the heat up and cool down time that can not be timed properly to can safely.
    I have a pressure canner that I use on a "turkey outdoor fryer" burner, on my deck so I don't heat up the house.

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  18. Your garden looks great! Have fun with your pressure cooker!

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  19. Robyn - this may just be the answer I am looking for!!!! Usually it is just my husband and I for dinner but..my son and his wife are living with us for a while and many times I do not know how many are going to be there for dinner until i get home from work! This could be my save all!!! Thank you!!!!!!! You are awesome and I am loving your posts!!! Hugs!!

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  20. Thanks Robyn, I jumped all over this pressure cooker! lol I have one that I can with, and I do have a smooth cooktop, have had it for 17 years and I used my pressure canner on it a lot, now I don't can as I only have 1 boy out of 6 left at home and he is picky! lol But I do like the idea of this electric one to make roast in and such. I will do roast in my crock pot but sometimes I forget to do it in the morning and then it is too late to start one. So this will come in handy for hubby and I since it is just us most of the time as DS is usually working or won't eat what we are eating. lol Your garden looks great and because of the drought in many places and groceries going up to high I may be canning once again next summer. Thanks for enabling me Robyn, now to stalk the mail for my cooker!! lol

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  21. my mind is officially blown... what rock have I been under? I don't cook, besides just not really enjoying it or the mess it's next to impossible for me with homeschooling and the kids always needing something (hello burnt food as I was distracted). I'm so buying one of these today, I could put in dinner when my husband is leaving work and he'd think i slaved all day cooking? DONE! LOL

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  22. Your garden looks awesome. I had a glass top stove years ago when they first came out and was an avid canner. I own a regular pressure cooker and used to can many many quarts of food on my glass top stove without any incident. My instructions didn't have the warning you mentioned. Pressure cooking is fun and so fast and easy no matter how you use it.

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  23. Thanks for letting me know that! The pressure cookers that I looked at did have that warning on the box but I have heard that it is rare for the glass top stove to crack.

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  24. You've sold me...my DH will get one for Christmas. He just retired and has taken over cooking duties...with my thanks!

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  25. Well, Robyn, you've helped me again! Thank you for all of the help you've provided me and many others since I found you on YouTube!

    I am a teacher and often don't get dinner done. Now maybe I can get some meat cooking in a snap while I work on salad and other vegetables.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  26. Do you know when using this as a crock pot when a recipe calls for Low/Med/High what you set this one at and for how long?? Thanks!

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