Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Titus 2 and Pressure Cookers




I'm sure you are wondering what in the world the two of these things have in common. Keep reading, and you will find out about a hidden treasure we've been missing out on all of these years!

We have been shacking up over at Aunt Debbie & Uncle Durward's house while our farmhouse is being remolded (pictures in the works on that).

A couple of weeks ago Aunt D bought a pressure cooker to start canning some extra things we had from our garden. When you are canning, some things have to be pressure canned in order to prevent bacteria growth. This miracle of a pot also came with a recipe book!

So, this is where it all comes full circle.

I have heard of pressure cookers. My mom used one occasionally when I was growing up. But, I remember being terrified of it so I think it might have clouded my views of the actual meals that came out of this pot.

I don't know if you have ever heard a pressure cooker cooking, but it resembles a freight train on crack.

My mom's pressure cooker was an older version and I remember thinking when I was little that if I EVEN looked at this pot the wrong way the little attachment that sits on top would fly off and hit me right between the eyes.

When it was on the stove working its magic in the kitchen, I would sort of duck and dive and run really fast if I had to walk anywhere near the stove while it was cooking.

As you can tell, I have had issues with these things in the past. However, a few days ago I witnessed a modern day miracle.

Aunt Debbie cooked a roast (a grass-fed beef roast) in her pressure cooker. Here is where the amazing part comes into play.....

SHE COOKED IT IN 45 MINUTES!!!

I don't think you are picking up what I'm putting down here people.

I repeat 'SHE COOKED IT IN 45 MINUTES!!!'

The even more amazing thing is that it was FALLING APART. This was one of the best roasts that I've ever had. And I’ve had plenty of roasts in my lifetime.

She added the carrots and potatoes once the roast was almost done cooking and those cooked in 5 minutes and were so soft and wonderful.

I was in complete shock initially. And then I was just bitter for not knowing about this sooner.

After all of those roasts that I've cooked ALL DAY long in a crock-pot or oven only to find that they weren't tender and 'slap yo momma good'. It was such a let down and a hit and miss operation.

Apparently you can cook all sorts of things in pressure cookers and they are delicious and very healthy for you. I think Aunt D also cooked a whole chicken in 20 minutes or something amazing like that.

Maybe it is just me.

But, I think that these are too amazing to keep locked up in our grandmother's cupboards (did I just say cupboards?). I really think that this should be part of the older women teaching the younger women just like the bible says we should do in Titus 2.

Somehow, we have got to get the word out.

9 comments:

Judy said...

Girl...you are stinkin' hilarious! I've never cooked with a pressure cooker before. You make me want to now.
Love you,
Judy :)

the Apels said...

I want a pressure cooker, too! When we make our trip out to Brenham can we eat something from that wonderful little miracle? I also want some of that grass-fed beef...can I pick the cow I want?

Bill, Heather, and Company said...

I told you it was great!! My sister uses her so much more than I do, but it is absolutely amazing! She bought me mine for Christmas, but I haven't used it as much as I should. She has found many recipes on-line.
Heather

The Kramer Family said...

I know! I remember you saying something about them now. Why didn't you smack me around some until I actually listened to you??? They are wonderful and so easy.

Thanks for commenting girl!
Lyns

Anonymous said...

Lyns, I laughed so hard. My mom was the best "canner" in the world, considering that she had twelve mouths to feed. Not from deformity, just ten kids and then the mom and dad.

Our mom taught us to have a healthy appreciation for the harm that this pot could cause. As a metter of fact, my mom was so scared of it herself that she would make us go outside while the thing was making all that noise. She never allowed us near the thing, much less learn how to use them. We weren't even allowed to touch the secret weapon that measured the pressure.

Mom never used hers for anything except for canning. I have known people who have a pressure cooker as part of their pots and pans family and use the noisy thing all the time.

So, thanks to Aunt D. and yourself for taking one for the family and falling on the grenade-just make sure the babies are safe.
Oh, and with Aunt D being so tiny, did she look like one of the Keebler elves stirring up a secret recipe? Please give her a hug from me.

Love,
MD

Grandma Hendrick said...

All sorts of scriptural implications here, too. God accomplishes so much more in us, and so much more quickly, when we are in pressure situations.

When you've gone through the "pressure" times, you're better prepared for the long haul. (Try to just put tomatoes in a jar and put them in your cabinet to eat a month from now. You'll have a small, red, nasty-smelling explosion in a short time. But pressure-seal them, and voila, they are still pure and healthy for months.)

I love reading your life with Jason and the girls and Debbie and Durward on the farm!

And by the way, you sure make pretty babies.

Anonymous said...

Hi! My name is Aimee, and I found your blog from the Hendrick blog. I just had to say that I love my pressure cooker. I don't use it all that often, but it is awesome for making homemade baby food. I can make a month's worth of food for my 9-month-old in less that two hours, and that includes all the peeling, pureeing, etc. It rocks!

Aimee

The Kramer Family said...

Hi Aimee!

I have a 3 1/2 month old who just started eating baby food. That is a great idea to make the baby food in the pressure cooker.

What sorts of things do you cook in there and is there a place that has some good recipes?

Thanks for the suggestions.

Keep them coming.

Lyns

p.s. last night we had a whole chicken in the pressure cooker. It was done in 20 minutes and was so tender and juicy!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, let's see...

carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut and acorn squash, fresh green beans, black eyed peas (dried, but I soaked them first), fresh fruits (apples, peaches, pears, plums)

My pressure cooker came with a book telling you how long to cook different things. I just did each food, then threw them in the blender with some water, then put it in small containers for the freezer. So convenient and so much cheaper than store bought!

When she's a little older, you can also puree some of that chicken you cooked.

Hope that helps!

Aimee