Aaaannd I bought a pressure cooker…

The madness begins.

I’ve been wanting to get a pressure cooker for at least, oh, 5 years or so but have never built up the courage to plonk down the cash for one. Also, I had to convince my partner to be on board with getting another cooking implement. As if we don’t have enough pots and pans already.

The thing the changed her mind? Canning – or more specifically – pressure canning. In our efforts at preserving more and more of our summer harvest and CSA share foods that we cannot possibly eat when the abundance comes in, canning of the low-sugar and low-acid foods was looking to be a better and better solution.

So, on a whim, I dropped by the local shop to see what they had. There was a sale. And the size and heft and build quality of the unit they had in stock left me very impressed. So there goes $300… I bought the Fissler Vitaquick 8L.  I compared it to the Fagor Innova 8 quart, which they also had in stock, but I didn’t like the fact that it had the rotary knob/switch (another thing to go wrong, imo) and the feel/sound of the switch wasn’t very good. The lid also went on with a nasty scratching sound. Those issues could have just been due to the floor model being kicked around though.

Anyways, so far I’ve cooked chickpeas and a curry with the pressure cooker. So far so good. Next comes pork shoulder.