I used to looooove cooking in a slowcooker. I used to collect recipe books that you normally found in the check-out lines at the market during the Autumn season. Slow cook this, slow cook that. Everything looked so delicious and divine. My friends even chipped in together to buy me a slow cooker for a present one year, back when I first got out of high school. That was close to 15 years ago. And my slow cooker was a pretty nice basic model that I used for years and years. And I even moved it with me when I moved out on my own into my own new house a couple of years ago.
Then somebody (I won’t name any names here) broke the glass lid to my slow cooker!!!! *gasp*
And my model was so old that the manufacturer didn’t supply the replacement glass lid for it anymore. I was devastated!!! Okay, not really. But I was a bit miffed.
However, a few months after the lid to my slow cooker broke, I got my pressure cooker. At first, I didn’t really connect the two appliances together. I didn’t consider them to be in the same category. I still had my slow cooker base and inner stone pot (actually, I still have it today!) and I use it for just keeping foods warm.
But when I started using my Pressure Cooker more and more, I realized the food that I make come out to the same consistancy, texture and delishness that pretty much mimics the food that I used to make in the slow cooker. A light bulb went off in my head!!!
I started to go through all the old slow cooker recipe books I had collected and started to experiment. I realized that many of the recipes could be adapted and using the same ingredients, I could cook it in my pressure cooker!!! And instead of it taking 6-8 hours to sloooooooowly cook the food, the pressure cooker could cook it in just an hour or less!!!
I cooked chickens, soups, rice, grains, ribs and a ton of other stuff. Except this was all last year before I got the bright idea to blog about my pressure cooking, so alas, I have no photos or instructional recipes for those. But I will definitely start re-cooking (is that a word?) some of the better adaptations and start blogging them down.
Just remember that Digital Pressure Cookers are still a fairly new appliance in the market and recipes for it are still a bit difficult to find. Most recipe books out there are for use with an old-fashioned stove-top unit. And we want to stay far away from those as possible. Although those recipes are also adaptable.
So if you are in need of a recipe idea or cooking inspiration, I suggest you dive into the world of slow cooking books. You’d be surprised by what recipes could be easily adapted to be used in a Digital Pressure Cooker. You get to cut the cook time down by almost 70-80% and the food tastes and feels just like it’s been cooking for hours! You’ve got nothing to lose!!! Trust me!