No Pressure

We have some friends coming round for supper tomorrow so I thought I would get myself well prepared and make the main course in advance today.

When cooking stews and casseroles I always use my pressure cooker as I don't have a proper working oven. Today, when I had let the pressure reduce after cooking I tasted the results but found the meat was not as tender as usual.

On checking the lid  I saw that the plastic cup which holds the weight in place had sheared, so the steam had been escaping.

I have tried to find a replacement part to order online but no luck.  The Prestige website has a Customer Enquiry form to submit, but warn that it may take 14 days for a response.

In the meantime I have rummaged in the back of the cupboard and found my 25 year old slow cooker.  I hope it still works.  The light comes on when I plug it in so here's hoping.

That will have to do until I can get either a replacement part, or a new pressure cooker.  I have my eye on one from John Lewis.

P, of course, is holding out for the spare part which would be much cheaper but would take longer to arrive!


19 comments:

  1. Beer is an excellent tenderiser for meat JayCee. There's a lot to be said for slow food cooking.

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    1. I am sure that beer is excellent for a lot of things northsider!
      I think I shall have to get used to slow cooking again.

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    2. I agree. A few pints and you no longer care what the food is like.

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    3. My secret to being the perfect hostess!

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  2. We have a Stanley Mourne solid fuel range and it cooks food nice and slow.

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    1. I would love one of those. I would have to demolish most of my kitchen here to fit one in.

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  3. P should buy you a proper working oven - and not as a Christmas or birthday present.

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    1. After 25 years without one I have got used to it!
      It is not the buying of an oven but how to fit it. We currently have LPG gas which alas is not conducive to a good working oven. We don't have the correct capacity electricity point in the kitchen for an electric oven and would have to make too much mess to fit one.

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  4. I have a feeling that all will be well .... I reckon you will rustle up something delicious even without your pressure cooker. Let us know how it goes. Might be an idea to get them sloshed first just in case šŸ¤£ XXXX

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  5. When I renewed my kitchen last year I realised that my pressure cooker didn't work on my new induction hob and decided to abandon pressure cooking. I always make my stews in the slow cooker anyway because I can put them on in the morning and forget about them and they will always be tender.

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    1. I may have to change my ways it seems.

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  6. You don't have a proper working oven? That is distressing. A proper working oven is, in my extremely humble opinion, an essential appliance in any kitchen. Why not set up a crowd funding page? I would be happy to contribute a couple of quid to help you get a proper working oven.

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    1. Thanks YP. I think £1000 should just about be enough to start with.

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  7. My partner’s name is John Lewis, but unfortunately no connection to the shop! I much prefer a slow cooker as I’m afraid of the gushing steam of a pressure cooker. I bought a small slow cooker from a novelty gift shop as opposed to a kitchen shop.

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    1. I have used a pressure cooker for over 30 years now and have been used to rustling up meals in half an hour with it so will have to get used to doing it the slow way if I don't get a new one. Perhaps I'll use both!

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  8. My slow cooker is 48 years old...just gave up the ghost the last time I tried to use it several months ago. Hope your slow cooker holds up to finish the meal for the get-together. Good luck!

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    1. If not, I hope they have good strong teeth to chew it!

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