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"I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.- Julia Child

Why learn pressure cooking?

It's 7 pm.  The end of the work day stomach rumbles.  In one hand, a take out menu.  In the other hand, the refrigerator door...its contents staring back almost as blankly as we are towards them.  We want a homemade meal, but also want something quick and simple to make.

  1. Quality ingredients, not necessarily 100% organic, but meals without artificials and chemistry class additives.
  2. Simple recipes requiring simple skills to become proficient in the kitchen.
  3. To understand more of the story of our food and take small steps towards self-reliance.

It's true, there are many benefits of pressure cooking: the time savings, the taste, a step towards self-reliance, sustainability... but the real benefit is in what we learn as we redefine our relationship with food.  Good food can be fast.  Good food can be easy.

One of our favorite things about pressure cooking is how quickly we can make some of our favorites as well as staples and side dishes:

  • Easy Beef Stew in 19 minutes.  Traditional cook time is 3 hours.
  • Chili in 30 minutes.  Traditional cook time is 1.5 - 2.5 hours.
  • Beef ribs in 12 minutes plus a few in the oven to glaze, 30 minutes.  Traditional cook time is 1.5 - 3.5 hours.
  • Risotto in 10 minutes.  Traditional cook time is 1 hour.
  • Plain old long grain brown rice in 13 minutes.  Traditional cook time 40 minutes.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake in 20 minutes.  Traditional cook time 1 hour.

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Chopping basil

We encourage you to comment, submit your recipes and tips, and share what works and doesn't work as we all figure out together how to make good food using less time, money, and energy.

Food and cooking is a process of discovery. We’ve discovered that a pressure cooker is an important tool in our healthier living toolbox. Now let's go and use it!

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Rachel October 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Great idea!
I just got a pressure cooker last month and I think I’m going to use it for the first time tonight.
I’m looking forward to finding good recipes on your site!

Bill November 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I have been a pressure cooker user for 8 years.
I am always searching for new pc recipes.
I like what I see on your website.

Thanks for sharing,
Bill

Sandra March 2, 2012 at 1:41 am

It is very early in the morning. I have diced beef looking out at me from the fridge. I have a wonderful new pressure cooker. I have just found your site and I am about to roll up my sleeves and get going on cooking the beef stew recipe. Your site is very very appealing. I will report on the outcome! Thank you for sharing both your knowledge and your technology! The video is so well set out…

Barbara March 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I was wondering if you had any opinions on the electric models of pressure cookers out there? I recently bought a Wolfgang Puck PC, looked so good and easy; and it is! Now all of my friends are wanting one and I was wondering if I really did buy the best one on the market.
What are your opinions?

inkyboo December 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I was hoping (probably along with many others) that you would post more great videos with your pressure cooker. (minus music ;) I am getting a new pc and would love to see you do more recipes! c’mon girl!

Karen December 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I just want to say that I have a new elite pressure cooker and I had never used one before. Made the pumpkin cheesecake recipe and must say it was unbelievable, came out great and have made 2 since. Making a couple for xmas gifts. Thank you

Hannah December 17, 2012 at 3:46 am

I too just bought a pressure cooker but mainly for canning purposes. But wanted something dual purpose as well. I just cooked a turkey breast in it in 30 minutes. Yum. THere were no resipes out there for Turkey breast so I winged it and found your site. I posted the results on my website lazymomma.com. PS. We have the same dishes as well! LOL! I am also wanting to use the cooker for the same reasons you are – better fast food. SO happy to have found your site!

Jerry December 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I’ve had an Electric Pressure Cooker for some time…also, have a crock pot and Sharper Image Oven which I use. I’m partial to the PC for a lot of reasons…
Glad to have discovered your site…will be making some of your recipes…

Amy Garcia February 25, 2013 at 1:08 am

I have a bunch of turkeys left over from crazy sales last November. I really wanted to know if it is possible and safe to pressure cook a whole turkey. You have given me the confidence. Thawing 15 lbs of bird starting tonight! I am so glad I bought that huge pressure canner.

Mark August 15, 2013 at 7:41 am

I tried making beef ribs in the pressure cooker (twice). Although I followed a recipe (pressure cook for 30 minutes) the beef was severely overcooked and was decimated. Do you have a recipe for BBQ Beef Ribs in the pressure cooker?
Great site, and great videos.
Mark
Falcon, CO

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