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13 years 1 month ago #26955 by sandra1245
Hi all
Has anybody got some advice to share on these gadgets please?
When it comes to pressure cookers,stove top or electric?
I have a slowcooker which I've used alot but needs the lid replaced (not under warranty) and have been wondering if I get a pressurecooker instead of replacing the lid for the slowcooker which is about $50

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13 years 1 month ago #372928 by eelcat
We have both, but I tend not to use the pressure cooker - with the slow cooker I can throw dinner together and forget. With the pressure cooker I feel I ought to be there.

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13 years 1 month ago #372936 by Organix
Taste and nutritional value of foods are retained better in a slow cooker than when using a pressure cooker.

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13 years 1 month ago #372939 by stephclark

Organix;365196 wrote: Taste and nutritional value of foods are retained better in a slow cooker than when using a pressure cooker.


emm not too sure that is correct.. i was recently reading an item on pressure cookers and how they are making abit of a come back..

you may be right.. i have used pressure cookers for years... absolutely brilliant, the toughest, cheapest cuts are always tender and moist and sooo quickly..( bung out a silverside and veg dinner in 40mins ) i find the flavour is better out of the PC than the slow cooker as well..
i very rarely use my slow cooker.. dont like the idea of leaving it on when i am not around to keep an eye on it ( fear of fire )....

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13 years 1 month ago #372953 by Blueberry

Organix;365196 wrote: Taste and nutritional value of foods are retained better in a slow cooker than when using a pressure cooker.


I think there's as much 'scientific' evidence for it as against it :D [}:)]

for me, it's a size, time, convenience and flavour decision. slow cooker takes bigger pieces of meat. If i get around to starting it when leaving for work, i don't need to worry about dinner. Something i particularly appreciate in winter. Since eating more of my food raw, i don't use either so much any more. Still, a nice, thick vege soup in 15 mins flat is hard to beat on a cold night.

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13 years 1 month ago #372992 by Stikkibeek
Pressure cookers are great for some things and slow cookers better for other things. I have found that slow cooker food tends to taste all the same no matter what the cut of meat. I'm going to try a few different things with mine this year though, like steamed pudding for instance

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13 years 1 month ago #372996 by DiDi
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Speaking of which - my move unearthed a recipe book for a Pressure Cooker (I don't have one so obviously inherited from my Mum (94). It is a Presto Cooker Recipe Book from the National Pressure Cooker co (England) Ltd. As for age - no idea except that it has a crocheted doily printed on the front cover. :eek:

I'm sure there would be a few on here busting to know how to cook things like Stuffed Hearts, Oxtail with herbs or for dessert Steamed Fig or Date Pudding, Bread Pudding or what about Brown Betty. Lots of Stock recipies etc. :D

Bear in mind, all recipes are in Imperial measurements. Not too big so easy to post.

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13 years 1 month ago #373009 by spoook
Didi, I am sure I have that booklet too. Must be a collector's item by now [;)]

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13 years 1 month ago #373188 by sandra1245
Thanks for you feedback! There are so many differient types of pressure cookers out there! It's getting the best value for money! I like the idea of having a meal cooked in a short amount of time.When/if I find one I'l let you all know how I'm doing with it!

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13 years 1 month ago #373204 by NZ Appaloosas
My personal preference is the slow cooker, but that's mostly because pressure cookers "scare" me. My mother never used one while I was growing up, and my auntie's used to hiss and spit and pretty much terrify me when I was there and she was using it. Hubby cooks in the pressure cooker, if the slow cooker is being used, I'm usually the one cooking

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13 years 1 month ago #373417 by KiplingAngel
OOh DiDi

I would love to see some of those old recipies - heart is a wonderful and yet underrated meat, full of nutrition and flavour. Mostly I just mince up the heart with beef for meatloaf - and the family can hardly tell what I've done...

Any of those old recipies would be simply wonderful - oh, and being Canadian, I also speak Imperial...lol

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13 years 1 month ago #373421 by DiDi
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No problem - you are the first taker so PM me your postal details (a name too-LOL) and I will send it to you. I have a Canadian daughter!

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13 years 1 month ago #373440 by eelcat
Saw advertised this morning a machine that is both pressure cooker and slow cooker. $299 from Breville (I think)

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13 years 1 month ago #373442 by stephclark

NZ Appaloosas;365492 wrote: My personal preference is the slow cooker, but that's mostly because pressure cookers "scare" me. My mother never used one while I was growing up, and my auntie's used to hiss and spit and pretty much terrify me when I was there and she was using it. Hubby cooks in the pressure cooker, if the slow cooker is being used, I'm usually the one cooking

Diane

:D :D .. i know exactly how you feel... if mone starts making strange noises.. i bravely send hubby in to investigate :D

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13 years 1 month ago #373447 by Andrea1
I have both, and definitely use the pressure cooker more than the slow cooker, by at least twice as often. But then I do a lot of bean and pulse dishes, and they're brilliant for cooking beans in no time (as in 15 minutes for soaked beans versus 2-3 hours for soaked beans).

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