3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

Pressure Cooker Convert is 3!

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Yeah, I know, I am using the same picture from my first anniversary, but my Kuhn Rikon looks so adorable in its birthday suit, I just had to use it again.

It’s not the exact day, but an invoice from my Web Host reminded me that it has been 3 years already since I started this blog.

I like to think that slowly but surely I have been improving my blog, and hope to continue doing so.

Over the next year I plan to switch over to a nicer looking layout and add some videos, as well as some other things.

I think I will probably keep this post on the shorter side, since it is currently 90 degrees… INSIDE!

So, before the heat causes me to slip into incomprehensibility, jdowotta jldldjpa0, iyioovovovodje allldlelllrlll w;w;w;w;w;, sdopfsadrgigi!

Too Many Pressure Cookers?

Of course not! There is no such thing as too many pressure cookers!

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Last night, it suddenly occurred to me that I may have a problem. I was in the middle of preparing dinner when I realized I had three pressure cookers going at once. I thought nothing of it as I was getting everything started, it was just when I realized I was monitoring the time on three different devices when it hit me.

Some folks think about it a long time before deciding whether they really need just one pressure cooker. What will I do with it? Do I really like beans that much?

Fissler Pressure Cooker

I like a good one-pot meal as much as the next guy, but when I’m cooking I tend to reach for a pressure cooker more often than any other pot or pan, no matter what I may be preparing.

So I guess it makes sense that if I am preparing three different things, I reach for three different pressure cookers.

I see each of my PCs as being better at certain things than the others. Last night for instance, I prepared Pork Tenderloin with a Balsamic Pan Sauce, Kale with Onions and Garlic, and Polenta.

As with any long, flat piece of meat, I immediately turned to the Fissler pressure pan. It’s wide, shallow depth is perfect for such a dish. And the bottom surface just seems to brown things a little better. Part of it is because the pan is wider, so I get more surface area without cutting the meat into smaller pieces.

InstantPot Pressure Cooker

I have been using the Instant Pot for anything that should be cooked at low pressure, because it is easier to just set it to “low” and put in how much time you need, than closely watching the stovetop cooker waiting for it to hit the low pressure mark, then adjusting the flame just right so it doesn’t creep up to high pressure (not that it’s that difficult, but when I have the option to be lazy, then that’s the option I’ll take!)

My Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker is  my largest at 7 liters, so anything that needs the room goes in that one. I used it for the Kale last night, since it takes up a lot of room (and very little room by the time you take it out).

KR Pressure Cooker

When I first got  the KR, I planned on purchasing the 5 liter, but for some reason the 7 liter was slightly cheaper on Amazon at the time. Do I need such a gigantic cooker, I thought? Once it arrived, I realized it wasn’t giant at all. Since you can only fill a pressure cooker 2/3 full (and 1/2 full for starchy items such as beans and grains), I realized it wasn’t too large at all. In fact sometimes I consider getting a larger one as well.

But for now, my little pressure cooker family of 3 works just fine.

What was my point? Oh yeah, there is nothing wrong with having several pressure cookers. No, not at all. It’s very healthy in fact. Yeah, that’s it. It’s good for you. No, I don’t have a problem. Not at all.

Sneak Peek: Chili & A New Toy

Just a quick post to let everyone know what is coming up in the days to come.

This Saturday I should have my recipe for Quick Everyday Chili posted. It’s quick and tasty (and my wife’s favorite). It took awhile this year for Chili weather to arrive but it is finally here (off and on, at least). Two days before Christmas it was 80 degrees, then the day after Christmas we had lows of 38. The last couple weeks have been about the same jumping from 80 one day to 48 or so the next, but at least we have a few stew and chili days mixed  in.

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One ingredient I use is frozen fire-roasted corn. I can’t find it at every store, but the Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods near me both carry it. So, if you happen to see some, snap it up. It adds a nice smokey flavor to the chili, as well as a little texture.

Also, here is what was waiting for me when I got home from work tonight!

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I ordered this one on the weekend, and a few days later, here it is! I came close to ordering the Bluetooth-equipped model, but for the extra money, the Bluetooth feature wouldn’t do me any good until at least March, which is when the Android app is scheduled to be available.

I felt like I was one of the last hold outs on the electric pressure cooker front, but it seems that most of the folks that are new to pressure cooking are getting electrics, so I figured it would help me with figuring out recipes if I am able to use what a lot of others are using (of course I will continue to use my treasured Kuhn Rikon and Fissler stovetop models.

So I am hoping that in the next couple weeks I will be able to share my thoughts on the Instant Pot, and maybe even have a recipe that I prepared in the new cooker!

Check back this weekend for some chili!

Happy New Year from Pressure Cooker Convert!

My Resolutions and Whatnot For The Coming Year

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Pressure Cooker Hungarian Goulash

Another year has passed, so it’s time once again to look ahead to the new year, and make promises (hopefully not empty ones) for the upcoming twelve months on Pressure Cooker Convert.

One promising thing I have noticed in my own anecdotal evidence is that it seems that this pressure cooker thing is catching on! I have noticed an increase in traffic to this site, and I would bet that all pressure cooker sites have experienced the same thing.

Again basing my facts on my own totally unscientific research, I am guessing that many folks received a shiny new pressure cooker for the holidays and are looking for recipes to inaugurate what will soon become their favorite appliance. If so, hopefully you will find something here to break in that new toy!

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My Quick Everyday Chili

Once again, New Year’s Day was the highest traffic day of the year on my site, mainly for my Black-eyed Pea recipe. If any of you tried it, I hope it turned out well and you enjoyed it. Growing up, I figured the whole black-eyed peas on New Year’s day was some obscure superstition that only my mother knew about, but judging by how many people end up on this blog after searching for “black eyed pea recipes”, I was apparently very wrong about that.

And once again, I promise to post on a more regular basis this year. After finally wrapping up a couple other projects I had been working on, I should have more time to concentrate on the important things, like pressure cooking, of course!

I have also noticed that the majority of people new to pressure cooking seem to be getting electric pressure cookers. Given this information, I think that this is the year that I am going to break down and add an electric cooker to my stable (Trying to decide between this one and this one). This way, I will be able to better answer the inquiries I get about how to adapt my recipes to an electric pressure cooker.

I already have a couple recipes in the pipeline for the beginning of the year.

For Christmas Day, I made Hungarian Goulash (pictured at top), which was one of the tastiest things I have ever made in my pressure cooker! Unfortunately, with everything that was going on over the holidays, I didn’t have the time to take step-by-step photos as I was making it, so I will have to make it again so that I can feature it on this blog (I know, it’s a tough job, but I can power through it).

I also have a Chili recipe that I will have up soon, which my wife seems to think is one of the best things I have ever made (and it is a very quick, weekday night meal to boot).

Did you receive a new pressure cooker over the holidays? If so, I would be interested in hearing which one you got, and how you are liking it so far. Let me know in the comments section.

Stay tuned for all this and more, and Happy New Year to all!

 

 

Pressure Cooker Convert Anniversary!

Pressure Cooker Convert is One Year Old!

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Today marks a full year since I became so enamored with my new pressure cooker that I decided I wanted to spread the word by starting my own pressure cooker blog!

And I must say it’s been a lot of fun, but I have found that running a cooking blog is much more difficult than doing a bicycle blog, which I had previously done.

I think I have made some improvements in recipe writing since I started, and hopefully will continue to improve. And with any luck, maybe eventually I will be able to take a photo of ingredients without forgetting to include something (baby steps).

And I still have a lot of work to do to get this blog where I would like it to be. My goal is to eventually post twice a week. The issue with that is that I don’t think I would be able to come up with two brand new recipes each week.

I am trying to come up with other useful pressure cooker information to post, besides just recipes. The thing is that other people have already posted definitive versions of things such as timing charts, etc., so for me to post similar information would just be redundant. In fact, I am always referring people to the information contained on hippressurecooking .com, which probably has anything you would ever want to know about cooking times, equipment, etc.

I have already made the decision to include some non-pressure cooker side dish recipes if it is for something that complements the pressure cooker main dish. I think I will also start adding some reviews (fully biased, of course) of the equipment that I use, so that I might help others with making their decisions when purchasing a pressure cooker.

I haven’t been posting nearly as often as I would like, due to a couple other projects going on that I have been fighting for my time.

A few months back, someone made the suggestion that I should record a lot of the songs that I wrote back in my rock and roll days that never got recorded, and at the time it sounded like a good idea. But, being me, what started out as a plan to do an album of simple, acoustic versions of my songs quickly turned into a full-blown Phil Spector meets Brian Wilson style production extravaganza.

If anyone is interested, here are a couple of SoundCloud samples of what I’ve been working on:

Just In Case

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Besides this, in order to support my recording habit, I am trying to thin out my Hawaiian shirt collection by selling some of them on eBay.

And if that’s not enough, I apparently “volunteered” to do the art and layout on a quarterly literary magazine without even being present.

Add to that my actual job and I have been pretty busy.

All that being said, I still have plans to increase my posting frequency on this blog and hope to bring you more tasty recipes during the coming year.

I still keep both pressure cookers on my stovetop at all times, and use at least one of them almost every night.

What would you like to see posted on Pressure Cooker Convert in the coming year?

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

-Michael