Considering a Pressure Cooker? Pay no attention to the naysayers!
I admit it, I’m no Andy Rooney, but I like to think that I can complain with the best of ’em. To that end, I have noticed an alarming trend lately when it comes to discussion boards on cooking.
Sometimes while doing my extensive research on the interwebs (I sacrifice so you don’t have to, you’re welcome), I come across conversations on some of the cooking forums such as this:
Q: I would like to cook a whole chicken in a pressure cooker. Does anyone have any tips? (Any type of meat, grain or vegetable can substituted for “chicken”. The answers are always similar, no matter what.
And every time, most of the answers are along these lines:
Yes, my tip is DON’T.
Why would you want to ruin a good chicken?
You will end up with a pot of mush!
Why would you want a dry flavorless chicken?
Cook the chicken in the oven, and if you MUST use the pressure cooker, make some beans to have with it.
Judging by the answers, it is unlikely that a lot of these folks have never used a pressure cooker at all. It has just been ingrained into their consciences that a PC is something to be feared. An evil, black magic-possessed pot sent here by the devil to do his bidding for him.
They might as well be saying “And risk eternal damnation? I think not. I will just continue using my usual, time-intensive methods of preparing food. And as my family sits down to enjoy a weeknight dinner shortly before midnight, I will thank my lucky stars that I was not lured over to “the dark side” with one of those infernal devices.”
Though I guess if everyone that says they have experienced an exploding pressure cooker is telling the truth, then sure, there may be reason to be cautious. But the cookers these days have multiple safety features on each one. And the electric models not only have the safety features, but it is also impossible to set the heat too high.
So, instead of giving any kind of constructive advice, these people are not only afraid to try something new, they make it their duty to stop others from trying something new as well. WELL, STOP IT!!!
I’ve been using pressure cookers for a few years new, and I’ve done a lot of experimenting. I admit that some of the experiments have had better results than others, but over these few years never have I ended up with a “pot of mush” or “dry flavorless (insert dish here).
So if you are considering a pressure cooker, pay no mind to the naysayers on some cooking forum. Come on, try it! You won’t be sorry!