Within this box is my new pressure cooker.
My old one was a little old, and I certainly used it until it’s dying breath. The green LED display was half working, and the timer was shoddy. Sometimes it counted down, sometimes it got up to pressure…but there were too many times when I put in a chicken for 25 minutes, and came back to partially cooked chicken.
And that just ain’t flying on my kitchen turf.
So, one of the things to leave behind was my beloved pressure cooker. I didn’t know what I was going to replace it with, and I wasn’t sure what other models were out there. The last model I had was the cheapest I could find, and it did the job pretty well for the number of years I had it.
But times have changed, and I have a better understanding of what electric pressure cookers can do now.
And, baby: I’m driving a Ferrari this time.
Before we get too far into this, I have a bunch of recipes for electric pressure cookers over at Tamarah.org!
Here is one of my favorites, Down Home Chili.
Okay, let’s go!
Check this out.
This is the Elite…Platinum…Multi-Function Digital Pressure Cooker.
HooDoggy is this nice.
Specifically, I got the
MaxiMatic EPC-808 Elite Platinum 8-Quart Pressure Cooker
and I ordered it on Amazon. (*linky!)
This baby has so many more buttons and features than my last one.
The last pressure cooker I had only had “high” and “low” and “time.” This sucker has “hours” and “minutes” and a whole bunch more stuff. Looky!
So this is the inside. The pot is removable, which is nice for cleaning. Also dishwasher safe.
This is the release valve, which is super swank. The last one I had was just a jiggle top. This one has a whole labeled dial, and it doesn’t look like it will fall apart! Bonus!!
This monster is huge. But it has to be, because it is 8 Quarts. The last one I had was 6 quarts, and I could fit a whole chicken in there, if I squished the legs down. This one is HUGE, and I LOVE it.
I have been thinking for a while now that I needed to get another pressure cooker, because the one pot was kind of covering a meal for all of us…but the little people are getting bigger and starting to eat more. One pressure cooker meal for 7 people was not really cutting it, entirely, anymore. But with this one, I think I can do one meal again! Bigger is definitely better for us.
This is starting to warm up, and it just looks like “The Future.”
What I want to point out is how many features there are on this futuristic machine:
Reheat. Beans. Brown Rice. White Rice. Ancient Grains. Stew. Poultry. Pork/Ribs. Soups. Beef. Potatoes. Desserts. Veg/Fish.
It also has a Delay Timer!
I am so in love with this.
This is what it looks like when it is closed and warming up.
Very quiet, very safe. The outside isn’t warm to the touch, and the lid is locked. This means I don’t have to worry about the kids being around it, or knocking it off or getting hurt.
It is now up to pressure and that is when the timer starts! I set it for 10 minutes just to get it going.
I was very impressed with how quickly it came to pressure, and how accurate the timer was. Both were spot on.
Okay, so after I played around with it enough, I went ahead and made dinner with it.
And if you thought I was messing around, then you just don’t know how I work.
First meal: Corned Beef!
Now, normally Corned Beef takes around 8-9 hours on low for a Crock Pot. But that isn’t how electric pressure cookers work…we work in minutes, not hours.
So I put the Corned Beef in, added 6 cups of water and the seasonings, and set the timer for 55 minutes.
And walked away.
It came up to pressure very quickly, sealed and cooked for exactly 55 minutes. When it was done, it beeped a few times and I came back to let the pressure release.
And what came out…?
This lovely dish! Perfectly cooked. Not soggy, not raw, not mushy. Just a perfectly cooked roast of Corned Beef.
We enjoyed this meal thoroughly 🙂
Now, just to finish this off…here are some of the cooking times for different foods.
This will give you a better idea of how long it takes to cook meals. Not in hours. In minutes.
And then you can go buy one on Amazon and change how you ever cooked food 🙂
*I wish I was getting paid for these reviews, but I’m not. I just sincerely believe that good, wholesome food, from scratch, can be an awesome and uncomplicated experience for everybody.
7 thoughts on “I Upgraded My Electric Pressure Cooker, And I Am Kind Of Geeking Out.”
woohoo. That looks amazing! You are convincing me of the value of a pressure cooker! I am just a slow learner…
I am slowly drawing you in….
come toward the light….
A whole chicken in 15-18 minutes?! I want one. 🙂
Get one!! No joke, it takes longer to cook a frozen pizza than it does to make a whole chicken, with a can of stewed tomatoes, AND a can of chickpeas in the pressure cooker. Throw it all in, turn it on and you have an amazing dinner from scratch 🙂 Wait until you make refried beans by yourself in under an hour. (https://tamarahdotorg.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/refried-beans/#more-608)
I love my pressure cooker, I own 3 of varying sizes and makes, but they are the stove top ones. I’ve walked past the electrical ones in the store and wondered if they work as well as the stove top one. I remember my Mom had an electric wok and it didn’t heat up as well as the stove top one. So, in walking past the electrical pressure cooker in the store, that was my frame of reference. You’re changing my mind about this one 🙂
If you have played around with stovetop pressure cookers, you will love electric pressure cookers 🙂 I originally got it because I had a horrible stove that couldn’t boil water within an hour, and I was trying to cook our dinners faster/within a reasonable time. But I’ve been using it for a few years now, and it is really fantastic. I would be curious what you thought of it, now!!