I was given my aunt's after she died, it was a wedding gift (the card was still in it) she never used it. I had thought I might have given it away during one of my de-cluttering days, but it was still here, and I used it yesterday to tenderize some tough pork. Worked really well.
It got me thinking, looking at the directions, how a generation (or so) needed a pressure cooker to make a meal. They didn't have the corn feed critters like we do, so the grass fed, free range meat they would purchase would need to be cooked in a pressure cooker.
I was thinking this morning, how things change...not only do we have corn feed meat, but the shift in cooking styles, and meal preparation. I remember growing up mac and cheese was a meal, now it's a side dish. The difference, it comes in a box.
I bet, that corn feed meat was more expensive when it first came out (I didn't look it up, but it would have been something new, and transportation to get it to our area, I'm thinking it would be) now it's cheaper than grass or free range animals.
In doing farm to school, they are interested in the veggies, but not the local meat. The meat is tough and is gamey (grass fed and free ranging) I've experienced that also (we traded something for some grass fed hamburger) but it's a matter of learning how to cook with it, and that skill seems to have been lost.
Post by mightyspuds on Apr 1, 2014 10:51:45 GMT -8
Good thoughts,yes,grain fed was more expensive.
But now commercial meat pork and beef gets a hormone to reduce fat and make it meat instead,so meat has gotten a lot tougher and less flavor now,no marbling.And its crippling the animals,sure cant be good for US.
When neighbor gave us some home raised pork couldnt believe the hard,beautiful fat in it,and of course tender and flavorful.
In the 1960s growing up even chuck steak had nice fat and so much more flavor,now its so tasteless have to spice the heck out of it and tenderize it before cooking.Or you just get a generic shoe leather steak.
On pressure canners-a memory. I was all of twelve years old and happily mowing the yard one day(remember when kids WANTED to do things?)when my mother stopped me and was gabbling on about some friends a few miles away that needed help with something or other. Her instructions were simple: One of those large pressure cookers was on the stove loaded with beets for some sort of thing she was making and would I keep an eye on it and take it off when it reached a certain poundage? Sure, no problem was my reply.... Twenty minutes later I was standing in the doorway of what used to be a primarily white kitchen watching with dumbfounded fascination as purple beet juice and gobbets dripped and slid over every surface and thing in the room. Who knew the thing would blow all the contents out the safety vent and weight hole? It was a very long day after that and for many to come. It gave me a deep respect for the power of steam and a hatred of pressure cookers-I have never owned one. And I am suspicious of beets too!!
Sorry to hear this, Spuds. It happens. I don't trust the pressure cookers for obvious reasons. They work well, no argument there, but a moment's inattention and disaster rears its head. Were I to ever use one it would be outside on a propane heater of some sort. My old home kitchen was always referred to as the beet room after my lapse. And it never would take paint properly no matter how well it was scrubbed. Always a vague purplish tint to everything...
Dan, that story just makes me smile. I hadn't cooked with one before now because I've heard those stories. I was given an old canning cooker that I will not use because it doesn't have the safety pressure release, but it's a good heavy pot for cooking things down, or on the wood stove.
I can remember in the early 60s my mum could not find her housekeeping money. Looked everywhere in the kitchen from top to bottom where she thought it was given to her. She was so upset because money was very short in those days and there would be no additional money available for the weekly shopping. Some time later she finished cooking some soup in the pressure cooker and would you believe stuck to the inner lid of that pressure cooker was her money.
I've also seen the results from an explosion from a pressure cooker and witnessed how they steal money -- I've never owed one either!!
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