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WhatCameFirst

Pressure cookers

Debbie has just reminded me of pressure cookers over in Chat.  They seem to be making a comeback.  

I  used one for years until it exploded and I ended up with a UFO shaped sculpture of lentils on my kitchen ceiling.  That was about 20 years ago and I haven't touched one since.

Who uses one and would you recommend it?  Also, are the modern ones less scary?
debbie

would love ot use one - not least for making bone meal for Solly and I have got one - a 1970's one I think but they scare the living daylights out of me I am afraid ......and the thought of cabbage being in one for 40 minutes   (if you are watching down on me Nan I am sorry but it was disgusting - still follow your pastry recipes though)
12Bore

I have one, but I never use it, my mum used hers all the time, but I just don't trust them!
Seabird

I used one for years - in fact my son took one to uni! (only because he'd heard that my friend's son was very popular with the girls at uni because he was a good cook) and he and his housemates cooked most of their meals in it.

They're safe enough if you use them properly, don't let them boil dry and depressurise them properly.

Great for cooking cheaper cuts of meat and for cooking oranges for marmalade.

I suppose getting a microwave sent mine into the back of the cupboard and ultimately chucked out, although there are times I wish I'd still got it.

Can't help with the question about new ones - have they changed much?

edited to add
the only panic I had was when ex OH dropped the weight down the waste disposal unit then in his panic switched the ruddy thing on - to the sound of orrible grinding noises!!
MrsWW

I've had mine for about 20 years so it's quite modern in the grand scheme of things. Having so many other cooking methods available to me I only tend to use it when cooking chicken carcasses down for stock/soup. Doesn't scare me as I treat it with caution however it scares the dog when it hisses. My cats used to hiss back at it LOL.
WhatCameFirst

I'm not sure I'll ever be tempted back. A lot of them on Amazon look as if they have the weight included in the handle though so less to go horribly wrong I guess.
sapphire

I used to have one but was too scared to use it LOL! Am looking into getting a slow cooker atm
NursePhil

I would love to have a pressure cooker. My mum had one and among other things it was very good at cooking rabbit casserole.
I keep hoping one will come up on freecycle but no luck yet.
captainhastings

They are handy things to have and can get meat very tender very quick. The only time to worry is when you don't have steam coming out of them.
Mine was unusually quiet once because I used a very thick stock or some thing which blocked the pressure hole which then suddenly cleared which was interesting so now I am aware of cooking any that could block it or take it off the heat if it doesn't start hissing
12Bore

NursePhil wrote:
I would love to have a pressure cooker. My mum had one and among other things it was very good at cooking rabbit casserole.
I keep hoping one will come up on freecycle but no luck yet.

Shame you're not closer Phil, you could have mine. I was only saying earlier that we should pass it on, I never use it.
Mad-mel

I am terrified of the flippin things  

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