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Old 03-04-2018, 09:35 AM
 
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I grew up with a pressure cooker (this was back in the 60s). I hated that thing. Was always afraid it would blow up, and when we did use it - almost always to cook potatoes - I found they turned out bland and tasteless. Mind you, we probably didn't have a clue how to use it properly....but that little top that would whistle and spin and threaten to cause a nuclear eruption every time the pressure built up was, to me, terrifying.

Last Christmas my sister gave me an Instant Pot. I've used it twice. Both times the meals were ruined. I'm going to give it one more go, and if I still can't create something somewhat edible in it, I'm giving it away. My son and his girlfriend might have more use for it. (Honestly, though, I'm a single, mostly vegetarian person (okay, pescatarian) who doesn't cook big meals...and Instant Pot just doesn't seem suited to my needs.)
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Old 03-04-2018, 09:44 AM
 
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Our other option is to replace the rice cooker, instead of buying a pressure cooker.

Thanks for any advice.

Honestly we've tried a rice cooker and found it useless. We cook our rice in a plain stainless pot on the stove top. Very easy to cook. Just get the water boiling, add seasons & butter if you like, add rice, turn down to simmer, put the lid on, and leave it alone for 20 minutes.

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My new favourite thing is my air fryer! It's amazing!!
Yes. Our daughter gave us one for Christmas and I've done so many things that I never expected in it.
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Old 03-04-2018, 12:49 PM
 
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Honestly we've tried a rice cooker and found it useless. We cook our rice in a plain stainless pot on the stove top. Very easy to cook. Just get the water boiling, add seasons & butter if you like, add rice, turn down to simmer, put the lid on, and leave it alone for 20 minutes.
I have a veggie steamer that also acts as a rice steamer and I love it. You set the timer and forget it, and it's very easy to clean. Since it also does veggies it's got more than one purpose which is nice
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Old 03-04-2018, 12:52 PM
 
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Can you post a link to the one you bought? It sounds intriguing.
I have a GoWise. I love it! You can make anything in it that you would bake, but it's faster and gets things crispy.

My main reason for wanting one was for tofu which I would pan fry. The air fryer is so fast and less mess, but it comes out great. Baked potato takes about 35 minutes for a crispy skin and soft inside. Frozen tater tots? So perfect!
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Old 03-04-2018, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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To you vegetarians and vegans, do you use a pressure cooker very often ?

Our rice cooker went bad, and we are thinking of buying a pressure cooker instead. But we rarely eat meat.

We already have a slow cooker, and I don't know if we would get much use out of a pressure cooker.

Also, is a 6 quart pressure cooker too big to make rice for 2 people? It seems like it would be WAY too big.

Our other option is to replace the rice cooker, instead of buying a pressure cooker.

Thanks for any advice.
I'm no longer vegetarian, but I don't eat meat often, either. I love my pressure cooker, but I don't use it every week.

When I cook brown rice, I make about four times as much as I need for the recipe or meal I'm preparing. I started doing this after my son bought a package of cooked, frozen, brown rice from Trader Joe's. I couldn't believe that he bought cooked rice. Who does that?

It's great for dried beans. I cook too many of those at one time, too.

A 6 quart pressure cooker seems kind of large for cooking just rice, but you'd need that for making soup. Does anyone make less than a gallon of soup?

If I get an answer to that, there are going to be consequences.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:58 AM
 
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I avoid unnecessary appliances whenever possible, so no, I see no use for a pressure cooker.

My dd left her rice cooker with me when she moved. It's sitting in the drawer. Never used it. I cook rice in a pan with water on the stove if I need to make rice for some reason. The other thing I can't get over is people who buy those humongous mixers attached to a stand with the bowl. Why? Why? It takes up space. You have to clean around it, and eventually, it gets dirty/dusty from just sitting there. Unless you bake something every week, what is the point?

I don't have a food processor and never will. The only electric things I allow to take up space on my counter are the toaster, the microwave, the coffeemaker, and the automatic wine corkscrew. I do have a small crockpot I use once or twice a year, but that lives in a drawer.

My bf keeps an electric kettle for boiling tea water on his counter. At first I eyed that thing with some suspicion, but it actually is pretty handy, and since it only gets water in it, there's nothing to clean afterward. He also has a weird stove that doesn't have burners, just circles and a flat glass top. I am used to having natural gas with flame, so using the electric teakettle is preferable. At home I would rather have the fire under the actual metal kettle.
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Old 03-06-2018, 10:00 AM
 
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I'm no longer vegetarian, but I don't eat meat often, either. I love my pressure cooker, but I don't use it every week.

When I cook brown rice, I make about four times as much as I need for the recipe or meal I'm preparing. I started doing this after my son bought a package of cooked, frozen, brown rice from Trader Joe's. I couldn't believe that he bought cooked rice. Who does that?

It's great for dried beans. I cook too many of those at one time, too.

A 6 quart pressure cooker seems kind of large for cooking just rice, but you'd need that for making soup. Does anyone make less than a gallon of soup?

If I get an answer to that, there are going to be consequences.
Oh, I did, several months ago, for the first time. It was great. So easy and no need to scrape the stuck rice off the bottom of the pan.
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Old 03-06-2018, 11:13 AM
 
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For making rice, nothing beats a rice cooker. You just put the rice and water in, turn that thing on, and can do other things while the rice is cooking. No checking needed, no worry about over-cooking or burning the rice as the cooker will switch from 'cooking' mode to 'warming' mode automatically when the rice is done.

You can't do that with a pressure cooker.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:35 PM
 
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For making rice, nothing beats a rice cooker. You just put the rice and water in, turn that thing on, and can do other things while the rice is cooking. No checking needed, no worry about over-cooking or burning the rice as the cooker will switch from 'cooking' mode to 'warming' mode automatically when the rice is done.

You can't do that with a pressure cooker.
LOL. yes you can, only better. You can make lentil soup in 12 months minutes. You can make sautéed veggies in 3 minutes. I think a rice cooker is fine. For cooking rice.
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Old 05-04-2018, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I have never had a pressure cooker, and don’t have a need for speed, so I don’t expect to ever have one.

I did see Paula Deen using a modern version, and I wouldn’t be afraid of using it.
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