It could not have been better planned by a marketing agency as the way to best test out this Russell Hobbs Express Chef Pressure Cooker. A few weeks ago you may recall that whilst cooking fish and chips at home one Friday night, my oven threw sparks and smoke and gave up the ghost.
I called out to my social media angels and asked for inspiration and suggestions on how on earth I was to feed my family until we could get a replacement oven. There were many great suggestions – which is why I adore you all for following me – some involving appliances I had such as a crock pot, and many involving ones I don’t like an electric fry pan or camping gas stove top.
But lo and behold, once readers had made suggestions a freakin’ light bulb went off – BOOM, how about the Pressure Cooker I’d just been sent to review, which I had completely overlooked. D’uh!
I had been using it prior to the oven going boom and was already singing it’s praises to anyone who would listen and then suddenly, it seemed destiny that I was to really put it through it’s paces for the next five nights straight!
I’ve owned a slow cooker/crock pot for a few years and pulling it out of storage each Autumn really signals that cooler weather is on the way and it’s time to get cozy inside eating stew. But I’ve never had a pressure cooker and never even really known what it was or what it was capable of – other than cook things at faster speed due to the nature of the cooking method being intensified and highly pressurised.
This new Russell Hobbs Express Chef model comes with a great little user manual and accompanying recipe book and once you get the hang of how it works – i.e. reducing liquid levels for cooking favourite curries and stews and the basic premise of how pressure cooking goes as a cooking method, you are honestly away laughing!
I used it every night and not having an oven was a non-issue (except for boiling eggs for breakfast). We had chicken and vegetable soup one night, Thai Chicken Curry which took 10 minutes to cook (no joke), Burritos, Beef Stew, Chicken & Pea Risotto and even stewed apples in it. It has so many features and ten different cook functions including soup, pudding, curry, saute, pot roast, white rice, brown rice, risotto, steam and slow cook!
I found the lid a little tricky to put on, but aside from that, this machine has changed my life. I’ve gifted my trusty old crock pot to my brother and I’m so excited to have this appliance in my kitchen.
And you know what? I have one Russell Hobbs Express Chef Pressure Cooker (RRP $249.99) to giveaway!!!!!
TO BE IN TO WIN – head to my Facebook page and follow the instructions there.