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Pressure Cooker for a harried mom who is afraid of pressure cookers

The Dairy Queen | Dec 1, 201401:51 PM

I have a slow cooker, I have a basic rice cooker. I want to cook more whole grains, even the longer cooking ones like wild rice, wheat berries, farro. I was thinking I needed a high-end end Zojirushi rice cooker to help me with my whole grains problem, but when I read the threads on Zojirushi rice cookers, people weren't really raving about how it cooks whole grains--yeah, it CAN, but it doesn't really seem like it would handle non-rice grains any better than my basic rice cooker. Frankly, we don't eat that much rice and when we do, our little basic rice cooker works well enough.

It dawned on me, maybe what I need is a pressure cooker. I actually have a presto stove-top pressure cooker, but I don't like it. I've used it maybe twice and it was really my husband who used it. It requires too much babysitting and, let's face, I'm afraid of it. It's been in the box in the basement for several years. I have a young child running around the house and I need an appliance that I feel safe with and that I can walk away from if I get interrupted. I also thought this might help me with meals, pot roasts and such, when I forget to plan ahead.

Is an electric pressure cooker the solution? If yes, which one, or, at least, what features should I be considering? What are the pitfalls?

Also, I'm always annoyed by the amount of time it takes pressure cookers to reach pressure and to come down from pressure, even using the quick release method. Are these issues with an electric pressure cooker too?

Sorry if this question is a variation of one that has been asked many times...

P.S. I almost bought this "instant pot" on Amazon on impulse today. They have it for about $100, but then chickened out at the last minute deciding I needed to consult chowhound. Is this even really a pressure cooker? http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-IP-...

~TDQ

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