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Old 03-01-2018, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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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.
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Old 03-01-2018, 05:13 PM
 
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I probably can't help you much because I usually cook beans in a slow cooker and rice in a regular pot.
I've never used a pressure cooker but have heard many times over how nice they are to have, especially for cooking dried beans quickly.

It probably comes down to what you want out of the appliance. What do you foresee cooking in the pressure cooker? Do you see yourself making something in a pressure cooker that can't be cooked in the slow cooker or rice cooker? Are you wanting the speed of a pressure cooker?

Best wishes.
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Old 03-01-2018, 05:26 PM
 
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Our first thought was the speed of it. But with us both working part time now, that isn't that important. We would use it for things like soup, chili, and occasionally beans. We rarely eat meat.

And I'm thinking a 3 quart would be too small. Even for just the 2 of us.
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:39 PM
 
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Pressure cooking rice wouldn't be any faster than a rice cooker and might even take longer. They have to heat up, then cook, then cool down before you can open the top.

The only time I cooked rice in a pressure cooker instead of just a rice cooker or on the stove, was when I lived at a high elevation and it took forever to cook rice otherwise.

I keep hearing that people love their InstaPots, you might want to check into one of those. Maybe you can open the top up before it cools down, if you just cook rice in it.
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:52 PM
 
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I use a pressure cooker every day. Rice cooks in 6 minutes, you turn off the stove and let it cool by itself. I have a 4 qt Presto pressure cooker which is a very good size. You need a trivet to place in the bottom and a pan to cook the rice. Loki for these in a Indian grocery store.
Many great things to cook in a pressure cooker. It is nothing like a slow cooker.
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Old 03-02-2018, 07:52 PM
 
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I use a pressure cooker every day. Rice cooks in 6 minutes, you turn off the stove and let it cool by itself. I have a 4 qt Presto pressure cooker which is a very good size. You need a trivet to place in the bottom and a pan to cook the rice. Loki for these in a Indian grocery store.
Many great things to cook in a pressure cooker. It is nothing like a slow cooker.
I love how things turn out in the pressure cooker. But, how much time does it really take from the time you close the lid on the pressure cooker and turn on the burner, to the time you can open it to take your rice out?

The actual pressure cooking time listed in the cookbooks don't account for the heating up and cooling down. That was something I found irritating when I first started using one. It can take 10 - 15 minutes to get it to the point that the regulator finally starts shaking, then you time the 6 minutes, then you wait 10 - even 20 minutes for it to cool down enough so that the pressure releases enough that the locking top finally lets you open it up.

I love using one, but now I know how much time I really need to dedicate to getting the meal ready to serve. It's deceiving when they just list the pressure cook time. Unless new pressure cookers have somehow shortened this heating and cooling time. Even still, the entire process can't be only 6 minutes.
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Old 03-02-2018, 09:10 PM
 
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I love how things turn out in the pressure cooker. But, how much time does it really take from the time you close the lid on the pressure cooker and turn on the burner, to the time you can open it to take your rice out?

The actual pressure cooking time listed in the cookbooks don't account for the heating up and cooling down. That was something I found irritating when I first started using one. It can take 10 - 15 minutes to get it to the point that the regulator finally starts shaking, then you time the 6 minutes, then you wait 10 - even 20 minutes for it to cool down enough so that the pressure releases enough that the locking top finally lets you open it up.

I love using one, but now I know how much time I really need to dedicate to getting the meal ready to serve. It's deceiving when they just list the pressure cook time. Unless new pressure cookers have somehow shortened this heating and cooling time. Even still, the entire process can't be only 6 minutes.
From start to finish it probably takes the same time. But you need to pay attention only for the six minutes. You can then turn off the burner and do other things and not worry about burning or boiling over. When you open it you have fluffy steaming hot rice. Same with Lentil soup, I just sauté onion and peppers, add 1 cup of lentils, 4 cups of water, seasonings, tomatoes, wait for it to rock, 12 minutes, turn off the burner, and done. When ready to eat everything is cooked to perfection. Or you can add more water, salt.
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Old 03-02-2018, 09:38 PM
 
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From start to finish it probably takes the same time. But you need to pay attention only for the six minutes. You can then turn off the burner and do other things and not worry about burning or boiling over. When you open it you have fluffy steaming hot rice. Same with Lentil soup, I just sauté onion and peppers, add 1 cup of lentils, 4 cups of water, seasonings, tomatoes, wait for it to rock, 12 minutes, turn off the burner, and done. When ready to eat everything is cooked to perfection. Or you can add more water, salt.
I have been thinking about getting an instapot. I only have a huge pressure cooker now for canning and making large pots of soup that I then can. A smaller one would be nice.
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Old 03-03-2018, 12:52 AM
 
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I honestly have no idea what a pressure cooker even does. I use a steamer for rice.

My new favourite thing is my air fryer! It's amazing!!
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Old 03-03-2018, 07:10 PM
 
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I honestly have no idea what a pressure cooker even does. I use a steamer for rice.

My new favourite thing is my air fryer! It's amazing!!
Can you post a link to the one you bought? It sounds intriguing.
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