Back in October of 2016 I went on a trip to Costa Rica and stayed with a friend of mine. We got to talking about kitchen appliances and she told me about the programmable pressure cooker she & her daughter used. She told me it would change my life!!
I wasn’t so sure a kitchen appliance could change my life, but I told her I would check into it when I got back home to the states. Well, time came and went and I never really thought that much more about it.
Then, my husband and I went shopping one day. While I was headed to one department, he had to go to another part of the store. After I was done getting what I needed, I noticed I was next to the appliances, so I decided to take a look at the pressure cookers.
I went to the aisle that they would be on and all I saw was the one on display, it was marked down from $75 to $39 (one week after Christmas). WOW!! I was determined to find one on the shelf. I looked all around and all I could find were slow cookers & fry cookers. I looked on the very top where some overflow was stocked and still could not find one. 😦 I was really disappointed.
When I turned around to walk out of the aisle, I saw 3 of them on the shelf behind me!! I was excited, that’s when my husband walked up. I told him I just had to have it. It was New Years day and I was making collard greens for dinner that night and thought it would be the perfect time to try it out. He agreed, we bought it and brought it home.
That night I made collard greens in 30 minutes, that tasted like they had been slow cooking on the stove all day. My husband and my family, who had come over that night for New Years Day “good luck” dinner, thought they tasted even better than stove top greens. The pressure cooker really concentrates the flavor and they were YUMMY!!
This particular one is a farberware 7-1 programmable pressure cooker . It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, roaster, it also, sears, simmers, sautes and warms.
So the next night, January 2, I decided to try it out on a chicken I had in the refrigerator that needed to be cooked. It comes with a recipe book to help get you started with the different programs, a different recipe for each program, so I found the one for roast/sear.
Right away it states that the skin of the chicken needs to be taken off. Well, that’s my husbands favorite part of the roast chicken. I thought that maybe the reason why is because it doesn’t crisp up on top like the one I make in the oven, so I decided I would fry the chicken skin separately.
After cutting the chicken into quarters (as instructed) I took all the skin off and set it aside. I had some oil heating in the pressure cooker so I seared all the pieces in the oil first. It has a button for sear/roast that stays on for 10 minutes, I had to reset it once. Then after I seared all the pieces of chicken. I, then, added cut up potatoes, onion & carrots (not in the recipe that was in the book, but that’s how I make my roast chicken in the oven) and sauteed them. I had seasoned the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder and did the same thing to the veggies then added 2 cups of chicken broth, put the chicken on top, closed the lid, pushed the button that says “Chicken” and 20 minutes later it was done (I did have to wait a little while for the pressure to even out).
While the chicken was cooking I fried up the chicken skins in grapeseed oil with salt, pepper, onion & garlic powder. I will tell you that the only reason I felt comfortable frying the chicken skin is because it was an organic chicken. I would not have done it otherwise. I only ate a couple of pieces and it turned out so YUMMY!
The whole dinner was a complete success!! The chicken was incredibly tender along with the potatoes and the carrots, not mushy or hard, but just right. I served it with the blackeyed peas & collard greens from the night before.
And to top it all off, the large, 6 quart capacity cooking pot is removable, making clean up a breeze. So, I would have to say that my friend was right. This kitchen appliance does have the ability to change my life. Everything cooks so fast and so easy that it gives me more time to spend doing other things I love. I hope you try it out, I promise it can change your life too!!
Other awesome features of the farberware 7-1 programmable pressure cooker :
- programmable time delay
- easy to use preset functions
- built in safety features