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Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Pressure Cooker tidbits

So you have a new pressure cooker, now what?  On today’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer, I’m sharing with you some of my best pressure cooker tidbits!

Pressure Cooking, while it’s been around for decades, really didn’t come to life again until a few years ago.  I’ve been a PC fanatic for the past 4-5 years and have been preaching about it since then.  I have a bunch of PC recipes and have told you guys that most meal recipes can be converted to the PC.

With that I though I’d put together some tips about your new pressure cooker that will hopefully help you out.

But is it safe???

Yes!  The ones you buy today are NOTHING like what our mothers and grandmothers had.  No lids flying off, food hitting the ceiling and you need to wear a kevlar body suit to use them. Almost all the ones I’ve seen have a double locking mechanism where you cannot remove the lid until the pressure has been released and it’s safe to do so.

Liquid?  How much is too much? How much is not enough?

Pressure cooking requires liquid, at least a cup. You never want to fully submerge your items in the pot – you’re not boiling the items. Since everything is pressure sealed you have very little evaporation. Never, EVER go more than half full with liquid. The less liquid the more concentrated the flavor. But you MUST use enough liquid.  Always follow the recipe people!


I’m BEYOND thrilled that pressure cookers are here in a BIG WAY!

Pressure Cooker Sticky Hoisin Ginger Sesame Wings

It’s funny ever since I came up the BEST WAY TO MAKE CRISPY OVEN “FRIED” wings I’ve been in love with these suckers! I’ve shared with you countless wings recipes throughout the years.  Then when I bought my first pressure cooker (Emeril by T-fal CY4000 Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Electric Pressure Cooker) I became addicted to ’em. It’s funny because for decades you couldn’t pay me to eat a wing let alone chicken with bones in it.  Oh trust me it was awesome going out on wing night with my friends and Mr. Fantabulous only I was the one ordering something other than wings. OR better yet I’d order wings and use a fork to pick the meat off.  God forbid I hit something icky while taking off the meat – yeah I was done and often went hungry.  I know, I’m weird.

But slowly I started to appreciate them and realize that meat is often richer and have a more depth of flavor if it’s cooked with the bone. Or as Mr. Fantabulous would say I “suck it up buttercup and put on your big girl panties”! FYI I tried that same tactic with him when it came to telling him to kill the ginormous (when really it was maybe the size of a dime) spider.  Yeah I’m pretty sure that I didn’t step in and kill it he was pretty much going to set the house  on fire to kill it.

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Now if this recipe looks a tad familiar it is.  It’s kinda sorta like my Pressure Cookier Asian Sticky Ginger thighs but the ingredients vary slightly. And plus it’s wings. LOL Truth be told he’s odd when it comes to thighs. If we went to say KFC (which has happened maybe 3 times in the bajillion years we’ve been together) he’ll only ever get a breast and to boot he picks off the crispy part. I know, right!  Crazy!  HOWEVER any time I make thighs he inhales them saying how much he loves them.  Yet when I tell him they are thighs he just shakes his head telling me no that I’m mistaken.  LOL  Ah okay baby.

These wings will leave you licking your fingers and begging for more!

Perfect Pressure Cooker Wild Grain Rice

For years rice was something I just simply hated.  Mom only ever made the white stuff which always, ALWAYS was either chewy or gummy and BLAND.  So I hated it. Yes I tried adding salt, pepper and even butter to hers but that was just one thing she simply couldn’t master – kinda like me with a true New York cheesecake.  I can make absolutely beautiful ones but the taste – nope, not right.  Even when I use Mama Fantabulous’ recipe for hers which is heavenly (and she’s from New York as well), I just fail at it every single time. Anyway about 15 years ago or so I made brown rice and OMG it was incredible. I mean so flavorful and just perfect.  Now the trick to making amazing flavored rice I’ll share in a bit but after that day I decided to explore more with various types of rice.  Anyway I always made my rice on the stove but I found as I started to get into wild grains and so forth that it took upwards of an hour to make.  I don’t have time for that!  The box says ‘minute’ so it should take a few minutes… not an hour.  LOL  But then along came my dear friend, the Pressure Cooker!!! I mean why not, right?!

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Out came my pressure cooker and in went the first batch…
You’ll never make rice any other way once you make it in a pressure cooker!

Pressure Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Potatoes and Carrots

Oh Pressure Cooker how I love thee!!! With us being under major house remodeling and my solace, the kitchen, being completely gutted I’ve been pushed to be seriously creative in how I can make real meals (sorry but one can only live on cereal, peanut butter and jello or go out to eat so much).  Now using a pressure cooker is old news now for me ever since I took the plunge 2 years ago and purchased my first pressure cooker.  That first dish I cooked in it revolutionized the way I cook and the way I preached about it over and over (and over) to you guys.  Now look at it!  It’s now the hottest thing out there kitchen-porn wise. So today I’m sharing with you 2 things I love – my pressure cooker and beef short ribs. While I have some amazing recipes on here for short ribs, if you are oven-less like I am, you can still make them.  So sit back and drool over these Pressure Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Potatoes and Carrots!

Pressure Cooker Beef Short Ribs Taters Carrots

Now what’s sad, and kinda funny in an ironic and I’m gonna kill you darling husband if you don’t get that damn kitchen done soon, is when I made this, I literally had to do all of this in a make shift stand in my master bedroom.  No, for real — I made this entire dish IN MY BEDROOM!  I don’t know if that’s kinky or not but… hey wait a minute.  Do you think that’s how it got the name “Food Porn” in the first place???  *GASP!*   lol
I’m down with Food Porn, are you?

Pressure Cooker St. Louis Ribs with Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Since getting my Pressure Cooker I have fallen deeply and madly in love with it. Like this thing has earned permanent coveted space on my kitchen counter. And if you know me, that space is PRIME real estate! It means “Hey I’m proud of this and use it all the time” which is true of this thing. I had been craving ribs pretty bad.  Now I’m finicky when it comes to ribs.  I hate them fatty and even though you’re supposed to have sauce on your chin, cheeks, fingers and so forth I do try to be somewhat lady-like when eating them.  BAHAHA okay well at least part of that statement is true *wink*.

I was at the butchers and spied the most gorgeous slab of St. Louis Ribs ever.  We’re talking fat, meaty and just begging to core home with me.  Therefore in the cart they went and there on my counter they sat. Normally really awesome ribs take hours to make as their are slow roasted or smoked. However my belly did not want to hear that.  They wanted no part of “give it time and the flavors will come.  Go eat a protein bar woman.” Yeah, I wasn’t having that.  Since discovering all the awesome recipes you can make in the pressure cooker I was bound and determined to make the ribs in it.  Now obviously the whole rack couldn’t fit in as-is so I had to cut them down to fit.

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One thing I’m a HUGE fan of with ribs is when they are meaty.  I like it where the bone is in the middle and there is meat on both sides.
Are you a prim and proper rib eater or are you hardcore sauce on the face eater?

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