I’ll begin this piece by being completely transparent and admitting that I had no earthly idea what a pressure cooker did, or why I needed one. The fact that this was even a “thing” at all completely eluded me. I was – for all intents and purposes – a pressure cooking ignoramus; but thanks to an awesome representative from T-fal USA, I’ve not only broken my proverbial pressure cooking “virginity”, but I’ve warmly welcomed the Clipso Pressure Cooker by T-fal to my rotating arsenal of kitchen cookware.
Now, let me tell you why you really need a pressure cooker, and explain what all of the fuss is about.
You know all of those roasts, lambs, chickens, and turkeys you’ll be cooking over the next couple of months? Well, you can cook those in the pressure cooker… in a fraction of the time. And the best part? Whatever you cook comes out just as moist and just as tender as if you’d cooked it in your crockpot or on your stove for the entire day. It’s slow cooking done fast! How stinkin’ awesome is that?!
“How in the heck does that work?!” I can hear you asking. Well, it’s a pretty simple and straight-forward principle: steam pressure. A pot that’s sealed air tight with a ton of steam inside builds up pressure and cooks food fast.
“Sounds scary” I can hear you saying. Well, back in the day, pressure cookers were actually a little scary. It wasn’t unheard of for befuddled cooks to cause an occasional small explosion in the kitchen in an attempt to cook a quick meal.
Even now, pressure cookers need and deserve respect; but please don’t let this scare you. All kitchen cookware need and deserve some amount of respect; and nowadays modern pressure cookers, like the Clipso, come with multiple safety features like gaskets on the outside, locking handles with a one-handed system to make the lid easy to open and close, and pressure release valves.
I’m sure you’re curious as to how my first go-round with my Clipso pressure cooker went. Well, I decided to take a gamble and attempt chicken chili. Why was this a gamble? Because I’d never cooked chicken chili before; much less, fooled around with a pressure cooker. Combine that with the fact that I was adapting a chicken chili recipe to not only suit my taste but to adhere to the cooking style needed for the pressure cooker, and I was an outright mess walking into the kitchen.
I went over my game plan about a million times before I felt confident enough to turn the cooker on. I chopped my ingredients, placed them in the cooker accordingly, sealed the lid, and waited for the tell-tale rocking and hissing of the steam valve to begin. (It’s a little intimidating, but this is how you know it’s working.)
I monitored my cooker adjusting my temperature as needed, and once the time had elapsed (20 minutes for tender meat, soft beans, and perfectly melded flavors. Yasss!) I turned the pressure release valve and quickly proceeded to run clear out of the kitchen.
The pot didn’t even rattle.
What I did notice was an intoxicating aroma filling my kitchen. The smell of seasoned chicken, smoked turkey, beans, and corn filled my entire home. It was amazing. I waited for the pressure indicator to let me know that it was safe to take off the lid. Once I removed the lid, I was met with even more of that intoxicating chili smell.
I took a taste and was immediately blown away by how the food had developed the characteristic flavors and textures of food that had been cooking for hours. A traditionally long, labor-intensive process had been shrunken down into just a few minutes. It was amazing. I was hooked.
Needless to say, my family loved my chili, and I’ve been a pressure cooker gal ever since.
Now I’m sure I’ve got you all set to get one of your own. Not only am I going to give you the opportunity to win a 6.3 QT. Clipso Pressure Cooker from T-fal, but I’m also going to throw in the awesome Kitchen Handy by Zabada as well.
This thing is amazing. If you’ve got little ones at home, and are funny about using chemicals to clean, this cleaning pad is for you.
The Zabada fiber clean technology cleans cook-tops and baking dishes, as well as spot-cleans dishes, baking trays, and pots and pans. All you need is water! You read that right. Just add water to the glove, and you can remove grease, baked-on grim, and 99.9% of bacteria! After that, simply throw it in the wash bag it comes with, and throw it in your washing machine.
Needles to say, the Zabada Kitchen Handy replaces and well outperforms disposable scourers and store-bought microfiber cloths; and it lasts for 2 to 3 years; which saves you money and reduces waste.
Having the Clipso and the Kitchen Handy working in tandem in your kitchen this holiday season is a must. You’ll cook and clean in half the time.
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