Thursday, 16 February 2017

It's only soup ... UPDATED

Except it's different, as this is the first soup I made in my new pressure cooker!

I have to be honest and say, that on the whole, they scare me to death. I know you can now get all singing all dancing electric versions but I saw this one, half price in the sales, and went for it:

As it was a use it up meal, I had 4 medium onions, 1 leek, 4 carrots and a clove of garlic to use. The rest was stock cubes, water and a good handful of split red lentils.

Once brought up to pressure it leaked steam everywhere, turned out, for some reason the valve wasn't quite clear so we left it to cool, cleaned it and tried again.

Success this time and once up to pressure, the contents were cooked for 5 minutes. I know I can use the quick release button, or put cold water over it but as I had the time, I left it to depressurise naturally - about 10 minutes.

The stick blender was utilised and hey presto - our first meal:
Tasted very nice.The following day I made some more soup:
Cooked our Sunday lunch chicken in 15 minutes - pale but very moist:
And got this much stock for some gravy and more soup:
Elaine over at Mortgage Free in Three, published a pressure cooker recipe for Beefless Stew. We adapted it slightly and got 5 bowls of this very nice dish:


  1. My mother loved her pressure cooker and certainly produced wonderful meals with it but, like you, I find them scary. You have brought back a cascade of happy kitchen memories with this post, despite the steam, the hissing and the rattling that always seemed to fill the kitchen while she was using the pressure cooker. I bet the stock was filled with flavour.

    1. Luckily this one is not frightening, everything so far has tasted really tasty if you know what I mean?

  2. It all looks and sounds wonderful, FEAR makes me stick to what I know.

  3. My MIL had one - but I've never felt the urge. Terrible confession........I've gone off soup this winter!

    1. We have a little but are watching our weight and hot vegetable soup is filling!

  4. Pressure cookers are so much better than they used to be. I use mine a lot, it's a time saver and so economical. Like you, soup is my #1 use.

  5. I've never tried a pressure cooker before. I expect once you know what you are doing it's not so scary. I love soup though and yours look delicious. X

  6. I have a pressure cooker that I am scared to even try. I am giving you two thumbs up for trying yours.

    God bless.

  7. I tried an electric one, used. It worked twice,then basically fell apart.
    I'm still afraid of them, but have been considering one that has not been used by anyone else.
    I think the one I got had been dropped or something, the electric worked fine but the inner pot would not seal correctly, around the latches.


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