Quick – tell me the first thing that comes to your mind when I say ‘Pressure cooker’.
How do I even use that thing?
A kitchen pot only my grandmother would have been crazy enough to use?
I *may* have thought any or all of these things before the nice folks over at Salton sent me their 5-in-1 Pressure cooker. The compact little machine sat on my counter for a good two weeks before I finally got around to using it. To be honest, I was kind of forced to. Until then, I had been casually glancing through the instruction manual and giving the machine itself plenty of sideways glances. Maybe I was hoping a meal would magically make itself in there – I am not quite sure.
Papa and the Master Seamstress made an unexpected drive up to our place to help with a rather pressing plumbing issue. Most plumbing issues are rather pressing, now that I think about it. At any rate, I found myself looking down the barrel of an empty supper table at 3 pm on a Sunday. It was now or never, Pressure Cooker. I literally popped frozen stewing beef, some vegetables, and beef stock into the machine, turned it on for 30 minutes, then quickly vacated the kitchen. If it was going to blow up, I didn’t want to be around to see it.
You know what? Nothing blew up. At all. I did put a little to much beef stock in and then tried to open the pressure valve too early, resulting in a bit of a shower on my counter top. Patience is not always my greatest virtue. But you know what I did get though? An incredibly tender beef stew in 45 minutes. That’s right – cheap, frozen chunks of beef turned into a tender, hearty stew in less than an hour. It was like the heavens opened up and angels began to sing.
I tried it a few nights later with chicken wings. Or rather, E1 did. He threw (pretty much literally) a package of cheap, frozen chicken wings in and then made my honey garlic sauce. Again, 45 minutes later and he had made our main course. He was beyond proud of himself.
This here would be the pressure valve that I tried to open too early and resulted in spraying my kitchen with beef stew juice. Note to readers: follow the instructions carefully and don’t open the valve too soon.
This is the magical Cover Locking Pin that ensures the lid doesn’t blow off and make a permanent art installation in your ceiling.
The pot is clearly marked. Always keep it between the lines, folks.
This little control panel here? That’s what helps you work your magic. Looking to have supper ready when you get home instead of within the hour? Delay start and/or set the slow cooker for up to 9 1/2 hours on low. Browning your meat before cooking improves the flavour. This wonder pot lets you do that, too. Fewer dishes to wash is a definite win in my book. Cook rice, steam veggies, warm up leftovers – whatever suits your fancy.
The Salton 5-in-1 Pressure Cooker is compact and economical. It easily takes the place of a rice cooker and slow cooker. This Pressure Cooker would make a fantastic gift for someone living in a small space, a student, or a busy family (which family isn’t busy, really?) The one draw back is the small pot size. Five litres would not be large enough for my family to have an ‘all in one pot meal’. However, you can purchase a second pot for $9 (plus shipping and taxes). Not a bad deal at all.
Honey Garlic Chicken Wing Sauce
- 1 cup brown sugar , packed
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup corn starch
- ½ tsp garlic powder or 1 tsp garlic salt or 1-2 crushed garlic toes
Dissolve corn starch in water and soy sauce
Stir in sugar and garlic
Place frozen chicken wings in Pressure Cooker
Pour sauce over
Set to pressure cook on high for 30 minutes
I’ve started a Pressure Cooker Recipes Pinterest Board to inspire me to create all sorts of other things with my new wonder pot. Apparently, you can make cheesecake and bread. Why oh why did I not own one of these earlier?!?