A Self Taught Course.
I have recently become motivated to learn to use a pressure cooker, in part due to the title of my recently acquired “textbook”, The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow. Who doesn’t need a healthy and fast food option for dinner?
So, anyone else who’s interested, feel free to follow along. So far, it goes like this:
Step 1: Order/Purchase the Textbook
Step 2: Glance through the book and determine to unearth your pressure cooker from somewhere in the depths of the basement. (Alternatively you could go buy one based on the advice provided, 😉 )
Step 3: Read pages 0-18 of The New Fast Food. Be happy that she assures us that pressure cooking is now safe, reading this reassurance repeatedly is, I am sure, helpful to overcoming previous fears due to horrible stories/childhood pressure cooking experiences.
Interestingly, I don’t have any horrible or traumatic childhood pressure cooking experiences, and yet still have an intense reluctance to actually use a pressure cooker. My mother had one, which, after reading this book I am inclined to think was fairly solid (certainly heavy) and well made, and therefore relatively safe.
Step 4: Locate your owner’s manual. This will be easier if you are purchasing a new device, ;-). I found mine in my cookbooks with various other cooking related manuals.
Interesting tidbits found in the cookbook/textbook:
*Pressure cookers save quite a bit of energy over traditional cooking methods.
*The Cuban Government (for the above listed reason) in 2005, made Chinese produced pressure cookers available to their citizens for $5.50, payable in installments.
*The first T.V. dinner cost $.99 and took 1 hour to heat in the oven. (Although I’ve read varying accounts regarding the cooking time required.)
Next up will be the water test.
And then cooking adventures await.
(Assuming the water test is passed)