Happy Thursday. Today I just wanted to share a quick post for you about my newest kitchen appliance- my pressure cooker!
My parents got me this Fagor Duo 8-Quart Pressure Cooker for Christmas and I love it. I’ve always kinda felt that the pressure cooker is a somewhat unnecessary kitchen appliance. And in a way, it is. Anything you can do in a pressure cooker, you can do another way…it just takes longer.
I remember while I was growing up, my mom would use hers occasionally…and I always thought it was cool to watch, but never thought about it much more than that. A few years ago, when my parents moved…the pressure cooker was one of the larger things my mom took with her. I remember thinking that was weird, because their new kitchen was much smaller and it seemed like it was taking up unnecessary space.
Well, my friends, now I understand why…because IT’S AWESOME!
The first thing I used it for was brown rice. This baby can cook brown rice in 15 minutes instead of 40! Not quite as fast as my Uncle Ben’s 90 Sec Brown rice, but still…15 minutes is a huge improvement!
Next, I knew I wanted to try it on with some dried beans. As you guys know, I like to make a whole bag of dried beans at once, and then I portion them into ziploc bags and freeze them so I can just pull them out when I need them! However, I’d just made a batch of black beans right before Christmas, so I didn’t need to make any more of those…
But I still wanted to try it out! So, I picked up some dried chickpeas. I make a lot of hummus and roasted chickpeas but I’ve never been a fan of dried chickpeas. The first time I bought them, I wasn’t a fan of how they turned out….but I decided it was worth another shot with the pressure cooker!
So get this- using a pressure cooker, you can go from dried chickpeas (not even pre-soaked) to totally cooked in 40 minutes!!! AMAZING!!!! And even more amazing? Hummus from dried chickpeas can be ready in 45 minutes! LOVE 🙂
So, the fast rice is awesome, the quick hummus is amazing but probably my favorite use for my pressure cooker so far is hard boiled eggs! 7 minutes to perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs that peel SO EASILY!
Guys, I know you’ve all struggled with peeling a hard boiled egg. You know how frustrating it is when the shell only comes off in tiny little pieces, and then they get stuck to your fingers and to the egg itself and it’s just one big frustrating mess?! Well this definitely solves the problem.
I did some online research about the best way to pressure cook eggs and a lot of things I read said you needed to keep the eggs separated so they didn’t bang into each other or they would crack. So for my first test, I stood the eggs on end in beer bottle caps. Truthfully, I spent the whole 7 minutes praying that the whole thing didn’t explode in my kitchen.
But despite my concerns, it worked perfectly and they were all still standing when they were done. Then I decided that it seemed like a bit of unnecessary work getting them all balance in there. So the next time I just put a bunch in there and hoped for the best. Another success. A couple of them did crack, but it wasn’t until the egg was already at least partially cooked, so there was no messy water, just a few cracked shells that made them even easier to peel!
I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it 🙂
Next on my list- pressure cooker risotto. My mom makes it all the time. Perfectly cooked, without the one hour of constant stirring.
I guess what I’m trying to say is….if you have the room for it, and you see one on sale- grab yourself a pressure cooker. So worth it!
I also found this awesome website Hip Pressure Cooking that’s basically devoted to how cool pressure cooking is.
So tell me, do you have a pressure cooker? Do you want one? Do you have a favorite pressure cooker recipe?
Put together a bench workout that only require the use of a bench and your body weight. It can be done anywhere there’s a bench. In your basement, at the gym, at a park…
Here are the reps I did for rounds 1 & 2: Jump-ups (20,22), Pushups (27,31), Lunges-right & left (26, 29), Dips (31, 30), One Leg Step-ups- right & left (23, 25), Leg lifts (25,26), One leg squats-right & left (20, 22), In & Outs (29, 32), Calf Raises (45, 45).
Here’s me doing my best to explain all the moves in writing:
Bench Jump-ups: Start straddling the bench. Squat down and jump up with both feet landing on the bench. Step down and repeat.
Incline pushups– Place your hands on the side of the bench and do a pushup
Decline pushups– Place your hands on the floor and your toes on the bench and do a pushup
Lunges: Place one toe on the bench and step out with the other leg. Move up and down, forming a 90 degree angle with your front knee, then switch legs.
Dips: Place your hands on the side of the bench and use your triceps to move your body up and down
Step-ups: Start with both feet on the ground, stepup with one foot, follow with the other, and then back down
Leg Lifts– Lay on the bench with your legs hanging off one end. Bring your legs up so they’re perpendicular with the floor and then back down to parallel.
One legged squats: Balance on one leg, squat down and touch your but to the bench and stand back up.
In and Outs: Balance your butt on the bench and lean back. Pull your arms and legs into your chest. Lean back and extend your arms and legs out, then pull back in as you sit up.
Calf Raises: Stand on the edge of the bench or on the ground next to the bench and raise up and down on your toes.