The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Do you have a pressure cooker looming in the pantry under layers of dust? Afraid you will cause an explosion if you break that thing out and actually use it? Fear no more. For the past couple of weeks we have been teaching Anne Mary (Age 7) to use the Pressure Cooker as part of her Home Economics class. This week, she had her final exam in pressure cooking and we took pictures the whole way so you can see how to do it at home.
Step 2: Inspect the gasket ring to be sure it is in good condition. It should not feel sticky or hard and dry. It should be pliable but strong rubber. Also inspect the vent hole (where the rocker fits) to be sure you can see through it.
Step 3: Add your meat to the pressure cooker.
Step 4: Add your seasonings. Here Anne Mary is adding Montreal Steak Season from Grill Mates. We love this blend!
Step 5: Add your vegetables. Ordinarily we would add potatoes and carrots, but we just had carrots on hand.
Step 6: Add the water. You will not add much water, about 1 cup for the entire 3 lb roast. Some recipes call for you to add oil. Anne Mary added one Tablespoon of oil.
Step 7: Line the Arrows on the lid to match the arrows on the handle as pictured here. Then turn the handle to lock it into place.
Step 8: Add the rocker to the top of the vent cover.
Step 9: Turn the stove to HIGH until the rocker starts to rock back and forth. Once it starts rocking turn it down until it rocks gently back and forth and makes a hissing sound. If it rocks too rapidly you will scorch your food. A 3 lb roast will take 45 minutes to cook once the rocker is rocking. Set a timer! Once it beeps, turn off the stove and move the pressure cooker to a cool burner to cool.
Step 10: Once the rocker stops rocking and the steam valve releases (drops down) you can safely remove the rocker. Be careful! Some steam may escape and burn you. After the steam is not longer coming from the top, you can open the pressure cooker, being careful about the steam again.
Step 11: Serve and Enjoy!
Great Job, Anne Mary! A+