Monday, September 13, 2010

Fifty Five: Danger

See that pot on the left. It is a pressure cooker. My parents found one at a garage sale a few years ago and bought it for me because they absolutely love theirs. Until yesterday, we never used it.

It probably had something to do with the fact that when my mom gave it to me she said, "make sure when you cook with this you get the lid on right because if you don't, it can explode."

She said it very nonchalantly, just like that, but it still resonated with me.


So for that reason, I thanked her, and then placed the gifted pressure cooker in the back of my kitchen cabinet. I decided to mitigate the EXPLOSION risk by just not using it and sticking with my non-exploding pots, pans, crock-pots, and frozen pizza.

But her and my dad just love theirs. They make these delicious pulled pork sandwiches in it in less than an hour.

So I finally decided to risk everything to make these sandwiches. Actually, I just purchased the pork loin and decided to let Jeff take the risk while the kids and I watched from a safe distance.

It only took about 3 phone calls to my mom, some serious prayers, and a google search which confirmed that "pressure cookers have a reputation as a dangerous method of cooking with the risk of explosion" but we Jeff did it. Successfully.

And no one blew up.

And our pulled pork sandwiches tasted great.

Next time, I might just attempt it alone (after I up my life insurance).


Grandma Lyle said...

I have my Mom's pressure cooker which she used all my life and I've used it many times. Never thought about it exploding. It just might stay stored under my cabinet forever now.

Anonymous said...

I really have never heard of one exploding, but I remember my mom telling me that you had to be careful when using it. It does make a great pulled pork sandwich, and it cooks in about half the time which makes it worth the risk in my book.

I am proud of Jeff for trying it!!!

Love you,