I have been looking at these but there are several negative reviews. If you have one have you had any trouble with it and would you buy one again?
nilyak, I've had an 8 qt. Cooks Essential PC for a couple of years and love it! The only time I've heard any negative reviews on them were a certain batch that some people bought on eBay that had been refurbished, but even those people were able to return them for one that worked properly. John Wolverine also has one along with many others here. I highly recommend it!~~susie.
I have a 6 qt oval. I use it at least 3 times a week. Had it about 2 years. I would buy another one today if it broke. Carol
I have a 5qt. Cooks Essentials PC that I have had for about 2 years and haven't used it yet. I would love to start using mine. To be honest I have always been kind of afraid of pressure cookers but when I saw the two Bob's demonstrating the PC, I wanted one.
What do you all make in yours?
I have the 6 quart electric pressure cooker from this manufacturer and I absolutely love itl I use it at least three or four times a week, and I will buy the 8 quart model when I find it. It is incredibly easy to use, and does a super job on everything, but I especially love it for meats. I was initially leary of using it because it was made in China, and I don't like to buy things from China after all the recalls of children's toys, plastics, jewelry, etc. I almost returned it but I talked to one of the ladies in customer service at Cook's Essentials and she told me most of them have several pressure cookers and use them daily in some instances. Totally wonderful product, not at all scary, and so easy to use. I especially like being able to brown meats in it and then cook them on the pressure setting. Meats come out so tender and delicious. My husband loves the way the food tastes - it's better, and every bite is flavored with the seasonings and/or liquids you cook with. I happen to like chicken broth as a cooking medium. The flavor is subtle and doesn't affect what the food tastes like except to make it better. I highly recommend this product. It's just exceptional. When my adult children and spouses came home for Xmas, I used this daily. It is one kitchen product I couldn't live without.
would you please share some recipes. i also have had mine for a couple years but never use it. just have not found that many recipes for it. thanks
I see that you have had your Cook's Essentials pressure cooker for quite some time. I just purchased one around the holidays, and have been a little afraid to use it. Do you have a good cookbook for pressure cookers that you use, or do you just put anything in and try it out? Also, do you cook things quickly, using the pressure cook method, or do you steam things in it? I want to start using this, as I have heard that it makes cooking meats much quicker. Please give me any advise on using my pressure cooker that you can. Thanks so much!
nilyak: I purchased the Cook's Essential 5 quart Pressure from QVC some time ago & kept hesitating to use it. Once I did, I wondered why I wasted all that time letting it sit in my pantry. I can't say enough good things about convenient it is to use, the meat's turn out so tender and a wonderfull time saver. My suggestion: don't hesitate in buying one, especially from QVC. If your not pleased, they have an excellent return policy, but I'm sure you will be as happy as I am once you start using it. ~Sande~
Love, love, love my C.E. 6 qt. from QVC. I use it every week, usually more than once and have never been disappointed. I have found that almost all my slow cooker recipes can be adapted. I usually find that I cook the meat (in stews or soups) for a few minutes, release the pressure and then add vegetables. I rarely cook a roast any other way, and when I want chicken for chicken casseroles or chicken salad it can go from frozen to done in minutes! Don't hesitate!
nilyakI have been looking at these but there are several negative reviews. If you have one have you had any trouble with it and would you buy one again?
8 qt. we found is to big for the 2 of us so I just ordered the CE 6 quart Multi-Cooker PC from QVC yesterday. I guess that answers the question about wether we would buy another one. This one came highly recomended from the pressure cooker recipe group on yahoo.
Either go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PressureCookerRecipes/ or http://missvickie.com/
They both have tons of PC recipies.
I'll post some recipes I've made recently. I really like this PC, and I too was always nervous about them. LOL, if I can use them safely, anyone can :)
I used Susie's favorite beef stew for the pressure cooker from Goodwitch to get a sense of how to do this in the pressure cooker. So, it's greatly modified, but inspired by a recipe.
Beef and Spaetzle
1/2 cup chopped onions1 lb. beef cubesflour to coat generouslysalt, pepper, dill and rosemary (both dried) to taste3 C plus 1 C beef brothspaeztle (I used store bought dried)Brown onions in PC sprayed with cooking spray. Meanwhile, mix flour, salt, pepper, dill and rosemary and dredge beef cubes. Add beef to onions and brown.Add three cups beef broth and bring PC up to pressure. Cook 25 minutes, then use Rapid Release to release pressure.Add more broth if necessary and spaetzle. Continue cooking at pressure for 10 minutes and let release naturally.Thicken gravy if necessary/desired.
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