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#1 FarmBaby

Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:56 PM

I am becoming concerned about the plastic lining in cans. We eat beans and chickpeas out of cans. I would cook them from scratch but I never get my act together in time. Would a pressure cooker maybe be the answer?? Also, can I use a pressure cooker for preserving vegies such as corn? Apparently you shouldn't use the Vacola for corn as it is only suitable for acidic foods.

Why else should I buy a pressure cooker??

P.S. I hated my slow cooker. I like to fiddle with my food a fair bit.

#2 Funnington

Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:20 PM

My only experience with a pressure cooker is a dangerous, lethal weapon that almost exploded in my face because the lid (and closing mechanism) was faulty.  Even before it broke I was frightened to use the dam thing - it's nerve racking undoing the lid to check.

Do you necessarily need a pressure cooker to cook those types of things?  I can't see why it couldn't be done in any pot?

Edited by Funnington, 09 January 2013 - 05:20 PM.

#3 FarmBaby

Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:13 PM

Cooking beans in a pot takes too long. I need something that cooks beans quicker.

#4 noi'mnot

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:09 PM

I don't have a pressure cooker, but it probably would help with cooking beans. I'm the same, I love beans but I'm not too keen on the canned kind and not organised enough for the dried kind! original.gif

Yes, you can do pressure canning for things like corn, as far as I understand. But for this you need a specific pressure canner (not a regular pressure cooker) with which you can adjust the pressure to that which is needed. This is the kind of thing you need, with the regulator. You can't use a standard pressure cooker for canning.

#5 lorywhol

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:16 PM

Nope = wouldn't buy one.

Just gave mine away!

#6 Crap Napper

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:17 PM

This is precisely why I bough a pressure cooker, and it works beautifully. Also great for throwing together stock when you want soup for dinner in under an hour, including home made stock. The only problem I have now is remembering to soak my beans LOL

#7 ubermum

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

I love mine. I bought a 5 in one cooker. It does high and low pressure cooking, slow cooking, soup pot and electric frypan. I can defrost a cheap cut of meat, chop it up, brown it, throw in a heap of veg and set if for 25 minutes. When I come back, a lovely casserole is ready like it has been cooking all day. Long cooking for things like beans and chick peas takes about the same amount of time. Before unlocking the lid (it has to be turned all the way to the right so can't be inadvertently opened), you turn a valve and the pressurised steam releases. Once the steam stops shooting out, it is safe to open. It's pretty simple. I got this one. I got one for mum too and we both got rid of some of the appliances in our kitchen.

Edited by ubermum, 15 January 2013 - 07:31 PM.

#8 noi'mnot

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

QUOTE (ubermum @ 15/01/2013, 08:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love mine. I bought a 5 in one cooker. It does high and low pressure cooking, slow cooking, soup pot and electric frypan. I can defrost a cheap cut of meat, chop it up, brown it, throw in a heap of veg and set if for 25 minutes. When I come back, a lovely casserole is ready like it has been cooking all day. Long cooking for things like beans and chick peas takes about the same amount of time. Before unlocking the lid (it has to be turned all the way to the right so can't be inadvertently opened), you turn a valve and the pressurised steam releases. Once the steam stops shooting out, it is safe to open. It's pretty simple. I got this one. I got one for mum too and we both got rid of some of the appliances in our kitchen.

Ooooooh, I've been coveting one of these for ages. Such a great idea. Now for my Aldi slow cooker to break down so I can get one (why is it that some of their stuff dies within 30 seconds of getting it home, and the thing that I want to upgrade keeps on going and going???)!

#9 VioletRose

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:37 PM

I have one and it's easy and safe to use not like the old style.
I'm not sure how much you will like it if you need to fiddle though as once the lid is pressured you have to wait before opening. I do like mine though and am very happy with my purchase. It is big so having a big pot for general cooking is handy too.
We don't have a microwave and I use the pressure cooker to defrost frozen meals too.

#10 *LucyE*

Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:11 AM

I have a 5 in 1 too and am really impressed with it. I think mine's a Breville brand (because that was the only one I could find in our town that day).

#11 Nell31

Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:37 PM

I also have the 5 in 1 Breville cooker. I really do like it. Probably haven't used it as much since the weather became hot. Love the pressure cooker function, and how you can saute in the same pot.

A few PPs have mentioned defrosting in the cooker - what function do you use to defrost?

#12 MiSS_E

Posted 17 January 2013 - 02:04 AM

I have the 5-in-1 also, love it. It makes it much easier to add beans and lentils to our meals. Red lentils in bolognese, other lentils in soups or currys. Beans as well. All stuff I probably wouldn't find time for if I had to pre-cook them. I don't even soak them if the meal has enough liquid.


Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:21 AM

I love, love, LOVE my pressure cooker.  I only discovered it when I came to live in India as it's a staple in every kitchen.  We use it for pretty much everything: one of it's main functions is to pressure cook tough cuts of meat to tenderise them before using them in the curry )or dry frying with spices if you don't want gravy) as it's really difficult to get good quality meat here.

*corn on the cob - it comes out really juicy and full of of flavour
*chickpeas, dried beans etc - cooked in 1/2 the time and yummier
*lentil dhal (a staple here) is so darned quick and easy in the cooker, it's ridiculous
*soups, sambars, pulaos, risottos, Nonna's ragu, even tomato puree - there's so much.  It literally cuts my cooking time to minutes, it's especially great when I've come home late and need to throw something together really fast

The trick is to not put too much water in (especially meat and corn) and to have an understanding of how long it will last so you don't let it run dry.

However, I can only find the old-fashioned, weighted whistle ones and after seeing the multi cooker I really, REALLY want it

*off to drool over kitchen appliances I can't get here*

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