Pressure Cooker fun
Now to be honest I haven’t used a pressure cooker since mine exploded in my kitchen well over 30 years ago.
I remember it well – all that mess to clean up on the ceiling – and despite my mother swearing by her pressure cooker and using it all the time, I haven’t had one since.
Fast forward to last month when two of my nieces started selling Tupperware and my sister telling me how good her new micro pressure cooker was. I was dubious to say the least, one – a pressure cooker (again), and two a pressure cooker in the microwave!
I bit the bullet and bought one on sale, a very good sale price I have to say as I may not have paid the normal price – I’m not stingy, just wary!
Anyway it arrived….and then sat on my kitchen bench for a few days just taking in the new scenery :).
I was scared to use it if I’m honest but with encouragement from my nieces, and my sister sending me recipes to try, I finally got around to it.
(No this isn’t a sponsored post for Tupperware just my own thoughts.)
What did I make?
It’s a squat purple little thing and comes with quite a few instructions on what microwave power level to use (900 watt max), how much liquid is required, locking the unit prior to cooking, cooking for no longer than 30 minutes and the all important pressure indicator valve settings before it can be opened.
I admit I was nervous, but I finally got around to cooking pasta style bolognaise in it complete with (uncooked) mince, sauce, vegetables and pasta all thrown in together. I prepared the ingredients earlier in the afternoon put the lid on and stored it in the fridge for a while before I cooked it. Makes it easy to prepare ahead.
Once in the microwave, it bobbled away making hissing sounds every now and again and when the timer went off after 30 minutes I waited (a touch impatiently) for the pressure indicator to announce when I could open it up.
Everything was cooked perfectly and I commented to my niece that the micro pressure cooker held the heat in for ages afterwards.
It had worked and only one pot to simply wash out ready to use next time.
A few days later I made a chicken soup/stew with chicken pieces, vegetables, stock, uncooked green lentils, herbs, a bay leaf and some pasta – it was delicious too!
Last night I made some Summer Poached Pears, mainly to use up some pears that were nearing their end date. With the pears, I added some sultanas, glace cherries (as I didn’t have any dried cranberries), some flavoured sparkling mineral water, honey and coconut extract. They took about 10 minutes and were so good! The mathematician enjoyed them with some ice cream, giving them the thumbs up!
Apparently you can make a delicious chocolate self saucing pudding in about 8 mins with everything in the one pot – I will be trying that soon!
So I’ve now lost all my resistance to cooking with this new item and will be using it more often than I had first thought.
Thanks to my nieces Rochelle and Emma, and my sister Sharon for their support as I navigated my way through this stressful time 🙂 No pressure!!
Cook fast, eat slow with the amazing Micro Pressure Cooker from Tupperware! Its ingenious design combines traditional pressure cooking with the speed and efficiency of a microwave.
The Micro Pressure Cooker is perfect for reducing the cooking times of dishes that will normally have long cooking times. You will now be able to cook your stews, soups, casseroles, and desserts spending less time in the kitchen!
It reaches higher temperatures which reduces cooking times and since its completely sealed, the foods won’t lose their vitamins and nutrientsTupperware
Do you have a pressure cooker, either an old style one or this new micro pressure cooker? What do you think of them?
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