Belle wanted an electric pressure cooker for Christmas, so I told her to pick one out. We got it at WalMart, but once you see one in a store, you start seeing them everywhere.
She picked out the Power Cooker 8 Quart Digital, but the picture on the link looks nothing like what our cooker looks like.
Tomorrow, like all Southern families everywhere, the menu is cabbage, blackeyed peas, pork loin, and cornbread. This has been our New Years Day menu for years. And, I've cooked a lot of blackeyed peas over the years, in anything from cast-iron pots over a campfire, to stovetop pressure cookers, to ceramic slow cookers. I've done it all, had a lot of success and a few disasters. Such is the nature of cooking.
Belle hadn't tried out her newfangled cooker yet, so this morning she got it out. "I want to cook those peas today. If there's a problem, we'll find it early and won't have a disaster tomorrow."
That's good planning, so we read the instruction manual, washed and drained the peas, and found the ham bone from the Christmas ham. Loaded it all into the pressure cooker, set it and let it do its thing.
Thirty minutes later, it was done. After the pressure bled off, we looked inside.
The peas are tender, the little chunks of ham are falling off the bone, it looks like this thing works as advertised. We'll let them cool, then refrigerate until tomorrow, when we'll re-heat them prior to lunch. I am impressed. A half-hour from three pounds of dried peas to savory, completely cooked peas is quite an eye-opener. I can see that this thing will get a workout in the coming months It's got a lot of functions that we have yet to learn, but I'm happy to try and learn them.
Yep, this thing is going to fit in nicely around here.