A New Kitchen Toy

pressurecookerIt seems I am always getting some kind of new kitchen gadget.  Something as small as a new pair of nesting measuring cups can make my day.  So imagine the glee I felt today when I opened the box from Amazon containing my new T-Fal 6 Quart Pressure Cooker!

To be honest, traditional pressure cookers have always scared me a bit.  I watched my grandma and mother-in-law fearlessly use them with ease and skill, but the unpredictable nature of the steam behind the pressure made me steer away from any recipes that even mentioned the need for pressure cooking.

After seeing more and more positive media about the joys of cooking in “no time” using the new electric pressure cookers with pre-programmed settings for as many as 25 different foods, the ability to steam, cook, simmer, an even slow cook in one compact unit, I took the plunge and ordered one for myself.

I also bought the two top rated pressure cooker cook books I could find on Amazon.com so I’d be ready to prepare a gourmet meal upon my return from vacation this week.  So what was my pressure cooker’s virginity breaking first meal?  I chickened out of doing anything that I might result in me wasting a lot of ingredients and made a big batch of  Quinoa!

Combine:

  • 1 3/4 Cups Quinoa
  • 2 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth (If I don’t have any canned broth on hand, I make my broth using 3 cups water boiled with 3 Wyler’s Herbed Chicken Bouillon Cubes)
  • Pinch of Freshly Ground Sea Salt
  • 1 TBLS Butter

Put pressure cooking pan/bowl back into the machine and secure the lid as per your instructions.  Turn your pressure cooker on and, if you have a setting for rice, select the rice setting and hit start.  If you do not have a rice setting, you can manually set your machine to cook for 9 minutes on medium then hit start and let the machine get warmed up to do its job.

When cooking has finished, follow your machine’s instructions for releasing steam/ returning to normal pressure before opening the lid.  My machine tells me to press the steam release button on the handle and wait until no more steam is escaping before turning the handle and opening the lid.

quinoaRemove the quinoa to a bowl and fluff to separate the grains.  If you aren’t eating all of the quinoa prepared, store in a sealed container and refrigerate to eat throughout the week.  Quinoa is fun because you can eat it as a side dish plain/with cheese/ or with vegetables, add some veggies to it as a salad, or add meat/chicken/fish/shellfish as a light main dish.

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