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Kitchen Acquisitions

Discussion in 'Food and Drink' started by Andy, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    Yeah, Al it's sort of like that. something about the vent getting plugged and early opening with the resultant release of potato laden steam disfiguring her great aunt and plastering the ceiling with potatoes.
     
  2. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    Aren't the newer stove top pressure cookers also safer than the old ones? I had some friends on a paddling forum from Brazil and it sounds like everyone down there cooks their beans in a pressure cooker. without, beans take forethought. I'm not big on forethought.
     
  3. They are safer too, I just love the programable features of the electric one I have. In Cuba everyone cooks a lot with PC (mostly vintage ones and the accident described looks like something that actually happened in my house when I was about 9 yrs) since beans are an important part of the diet. I like leaving my beans in the PC in the morning or the night before and tell the thing to cook them 1h before I plan to come home to start dinner. Also use it for making yogurt, stock and "Ropa Vieja" so mine get's a ton of use and the programable features come handy. They are both pretty safe at this point but I think the electric ones have the extra features and might be even safer. No real basis for this statement but the fact that mine has a sensor and won't let me sauté with the lid fully on, will turn off automatically after a 30 min sautéing and other such features does inspire a bit more confidence but nothing that common sense wouldn't solve.

    Clear advantage of stove top is that you should be able to find cheaper. That said, my Instant Pot 8 quart on sale costed right under $100 bucks (to the person that gave it to me) and I feel like I have gotten that value out of it several times over. Just a quick calculation on yogurt alone tells me I save around $130 a year in Greek Yogurt (there is no way I had be making yogurt without this thing), and I can't even calculate how much I save in other stuff by cooking a lot of beans which are cheap, tasty and nutritious (I make black, pinto, red kidney, chickpeas, peas, lentils, faba... probably at least one of those a week).
     
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  4. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  5. eightysixCJ

    eightysixCJ Founding Member

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    Steamer and a bunch of frozen Asian dumplings. Way better than takeout.

    Tom
     
  6. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

    Scored an older but pristine pressure cooker in a consignment shop for peanuts. 20180228_190346.jpg
     
  7. eightysixCJ

    eightysixCJ Founding Member

  8. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  9. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    Picked up an electric grill this week, not something I've considered before, but the mrs wanted one and we are a bit light on cooker top space, so we now have one!

    Did a bit of research, the usual George Foreman ones popped up, but reviews seemed to be a bit hit and miss on the newer models.
    Ended up getting a Lakeland branded one, they have kitchenware stores in the UK and this grill was getting good reviews.

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    Nothing too fancy, just a temperature dial and that's about it, the grill plates are removable for cleaning which is a big plus and one of the main features I was after. You can also open the top plate so it's flat so you can cook on both surfaces if needed.
    Only grilled some chicked breast on it so far, but it got nice and hot and left some nice charred lines. Doubt I'll be putting a steak anywhere near it, but I might just give it a try on a cheaper cut!
    Also makes great toasted sandwiches apparently, I'm just about to find out as it's lunch time!
     
  10. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member Gold Contributor

    I would experiment with it, Warren. I’ve heard that chicken and pork and steak on those things turn out fantastic. Of course, you can also use a cast iron skillet for steaks. Something like a 30 second seer per side and start eating.
    we’ve never had an electric grill. But electric griddle gets busted our every now and then for pancakes. Mostly when we are making a bunch.
     
  11. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    It's actually been better than I expected JJ!
    Chicken has come out nice, haven't tried any other chunks of meat/poultry yet though, did throw some sausages and thick tomato slices on it, they came out nice as well.
    It also makes a nice grilled cheese!
     
  12. cheflarge

    cheflarge Founding Member

    Works really well for "Cuban" sandwiches!!!
     
  13. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

  14. cheflarge

    cheflarge Founding Member

    :cool:
     

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