When our family went on a cross country car camping trip to Colorado 12 years ago, I picked up a free 8 quart pressure cooker that turned out to be our go-to cooking and storage unit. It's the one piece of equipment that we cannot camp without. We store eating utensils, bowls, plates, and cups inside the pressure cooker. I have owned the Kuhn Rikon for over 5 years. It does a better job than any pressure cooker on the market. Growing up in Minnesota, Mom owned several brands that were noisy and sounded like they were going to blow up while cooking. Mom sternly warned us to keep away from it. All them had a removable pressure regulator on the top that seemed to get lost.
When my wife travels to the Philippines every year to visit her parents, I am the chef dujuor. My favorite meal for me and the boys is organic chicken soup. I place a whole organic chicken from Trader Joes in the pot, some celery, potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, organic miso, salt, pepper, and rice. Cover the chicken with water and seal the lid. I set the burner on high and let it rip!
In about 20 minutes the pressure cooker is singing telling me to turn the burner on low. I set the timer for another 20 minutes and turn the stove top off when the buzzer sounds. In 20 minutes the meal is ready. The chicken is tender and falls right off the bones. The Kuhn Rikon makes it’s own stock and it’s the tastiest on the planet.
It cooks steel cut oats for breakfast in less than 15 minutes. We make soups, stewed chickens, pasta noodles, chili con carne, lamb stew, and dozens of other amazing meals. Need dried beans cooked al dente in under 15 minutes? Complete camp dinner done in under an hour? The Kuhn Rikon will do just that.
It’s faster to cook with a pressure cooker than a microwave. Food tastes much better too! Lamb stew is so tender when cooked in the Kuhn Rikon. I was in shock when I saw the Amazon list price of $349. My wife reminded me that we hardly spend money on camping trips because we make all our food and spend as little as possible on campsites. Two years later she requested a 12 quart stainless steel Kuhn Rikon to complete her cooking arsenal.
6 Reasons Why You Need A Pressure Cooker
According to my wife, you need a pressure cooker for the following benefits:
- Cuts your cooking time by 75%.
- Makes amazing soups and stews.
- Reduce fuel consumption by 70%.
- Keeps your food hot for hours and continues to cook for hours when turned off.
- Save money by cooking dry beans instead of buying expensive canned beans.
- Make your own pasta sauce from inexpensive organic heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market.
Let’s get down to some real life examples how you can put a beast like the Kuhn Rikon to work. We have a church potluck once a month that requires some time to prepare for a large group.
My wife soaks 6 cups of beans in 12 cups of water over night. When I wake up I rinse the beans and add 12 cups of water and cook the beans on high until the pressure indicator is in the 3rd position. Once it reaches this position, I cook on low for another 15 minutes and turn the pressure cooker off. The beans are ready to eat in approximately 30 minutes and will be firm on the outside and soft on the inside.
Here are some examples that we regularly cook with our pressure cooker:
Pressure Cooker Lamb Stew
Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
Black bean tacos
Amazon sells many different pressure cookers. We chose the Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker because the Amazon reviews are amazing and these pressure cookers are built to last for generations.
A dinner our at a 5 star restaurant for a family of 4 can easily exceed $200. We eat 5 star gourmet meals every day on camping trips and at home. I don't like to repair or replace our daily cooking gadgets. We eat so good on camping trips and at home and rarely eat. We rarely eat out unless the eatery is high end gourmet. Anything less is a disappointment.
Our gourmet cooking gear more or less pays for itself. Here is a tip if you cannot afford a new pressure cooker. Amazon sells "refurbished" products that are nothing more than a returned item. Same warranty. Less price. Amazon calls them "used". The item may have a scratch or two-but for a $100 less, do you really care?