Saturday, 20 November 2010

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Use pressure cooker for cooking meat and beans


I re-discovered this time-saving tip from my friend Jenny, who uses it to cook beans for her toddler. You can use any beans and grains, but the below is what I usually use:

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup red beans or kidney beans
- 1/2 cup mung beans
- 1/2 cup black beans
- 1/2 cup barley
- 1/2 cup millet
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 6 cups water (as a general rule, 2 parts water to each part of beans/grains)

Directions:
1. Soak them overnight (optional, I tried without soaking and it worked well too)
2. Bring to pressure on high heat. Once the pressure cooker reaches pressure, cook on the second setting for 15 minutes (no. 2 on my stove).

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Additional Information:
It made me recall that my mum used pressure cooker to cook food very often when I was a child. I started using the pressure cooker to cook long-cooking items such as beans, grains and meat such as osso bucco or Chinese beef stew. It especially reduces the cooking time for meat from 3 hours to 30 minutes (excluding preparation time) plus the meat cooked from pressure tends to be very tender.

Pressure-cooking also helps to minimize vitamins loss during cooking.

I love my WMF pressure cooker which I bought from amazon. It is considered the rolls-Royce of pressure cookers, but I really like the safety features and the durable German quality. I have been so happy with it that I have also bought more WMF pots after that.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Elaine, come visit my blog for lots ideas of what else you can make in your newly-rediscovered pressure cooker:

    hippressurecooking.com

    When I moved to Austria because we also had a trilinguisim issue, and there is so little written about it! We did it differently because neither of us was a native, or even very good, German speaker. My husband spoke Italian, I spoke English and he very quickly learned German at kindergarten. Also, I downloaded and played only Italian and English educational TV programs. Once your children hit school age it will be very difficult to have them voluntarily speak to you, even at home, in a different language - it is "so un-cool". But you have to do the best you can to create a bit of an embasy at home with your native language books, TV Programs, talking toys, and songs... even beter if you can also find play groups in your native language (should not be too difficult in Holland to find English-speakers!)

    Ciao and best of luck with the languages AND pressure cooking!

    L

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