Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Titus 2 and Pressure CookersCategory: Cooking Tips
Author: 5 Chicks and a Farmer
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.