I am more than a little obsessed with kitchen equipment and gadgets. Just ask my husband! In fact, I have so many kitchen tools that I have run out of space in my kitchen and have to store many of my kitchen toys in the garage. One tool for the kitchen that I haven’t explored is the pressure cooker, so when the folks at Lagostina contacted me and asked me to do a review on their Domina Vitamin Pressure Cooker, and were willing to give me a second one to use as a contest giveaway, I was excited. So what exactly is a pressure cooker? A pressure cooker works with steam pressure to cook food. You use a sealed pot that builds up steam and pressure inside to quickly cook food. Unlike a slow cooker which cooks food long and slow, a pressure cooker should be called a fast cooker because it cooks food much more quickly than the traditional way. How do you know just how long to cook different types of food? Every pressure cooker comes with a chart, this Lagostina model included, telling you the recommended time to prepare anything from chicken to dried beans. This model has an operating valve that you turn to release the steam, or to set when cooking meat, fish, and frozen food, or for delicate foods and vegetables. Once the food and other ingredients have been placed into the pot, it is saved and brought up to the ideal heat. You can tell this by the hissing noise that the pot makes. Simply cook the food for the recommended time, then release the pressure by turning the valve, and open the lid.
When my Lagostina Domina Vitamin Pressure Cooker arrived, it was sleek and elegant, just like all the other Lagostina pieces I own. Knowing that this was a new tool for me, I read the operating manual and recipe book that comes with it from cover to cover before trying it out. The instructions are very straightforward and easy to follow, with step by step tutorials to get you started. I wanted to try out the pressure cooker by preparing a couple of familiar dishes, so I chose to make first risotto, then an Osso Buco Milanese. After doing some research on the internet, I found out that the risotto should take just eight minutes to cook once you seal the pot. I have to say, that I was very skeptical about this, but I set out to make my risotto by first sautéing leeks and the rice, then added my liquid, closed up the pot and set my timer. After eight minutes, I released the steam, opened the pot and was thrilled to find perfectly cooked risotto cooked “al dente”, bathed in a creamy sauce. I now think I many never make risotto in the traditional manner again! Here is my recipe for Risotto With Leeks, Prosseco, Parmesan Cheese cooked in the pressure cooker.
I next tried making Osso Buco in my Lagostina pressure cooker, and after browning the meat, sautéing the vegetables and adding the other ingredients, I sealed the pot and set my timer for thirty-five minutes. Again, I was very pleased with the results as my veal shanks were fork tender and the flavor was delicious. I did find that my sauce was a little too soupy, so I just removed the meat from the pot and thickened the sauce by cooking it over high heat for a few minutes. I think next time I’ll add five minutes to the cooking time to see if that helps. It usually takes me two or more hours to achieve fall off the bone veal shanks, so cooking it in just under forty minutes was truly impressive. (Pressure Cooker Osso Buco recipe coming soon!)
I have enjoyed using my new pressure cooker so much, that I think I will have to make room for it in my kitchen, as I can see just how useful it will be in preparing meals over the upcoming busy holidays when the house is full of family! If you would like to try win your own Lagostina 7 Quart pressure Cooker to try your hand out using this amazing kitchen tool, just enter the contest giveaway below! You can also buy it at Amazon.com
Product Details About The Domina Vitamin Pressure Cooker:
• 7.4 Qt. capacity
• Exclusive, patented one-handed drop lid opening system
• Superior safety: lid clicks to let you know when it is hermetically sealed
• Two pressure settings: 6psi is ideal for vegetables and preserves up to 35% more nutrients; 10psi is ideal for meat/fish and cooks up to 2x faster
• Exclusive LAGOPLAN® 3-layer aluminum and stainless bonded base for optimal and uniform heat distribution
• Set includes steam basket, recipe book and measuring cup
• MSRP: $299.99
To enter this contest giveaway to win a 7 Quart Lagostina Domina Vitamin Pressure Cooker, you must be over 18 years of age and a resident of the continental USA.
To enter, simply post a comment below stating why you would like to make with the pressure cooker. One entry per person please!
The contest will run for one week, ending at midnight December 14th.
The winner will be chosen by Random.org, and will be notified December 15th. The winner has 48 hours to respond sending contact details. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
Cooking My Risotto With The Lagostina Pressure Cooker.
Risotto With Leeks, Prosseco, & Parmesan Cheese Cooked In The Lagostina 7 Quart Pressure Cooker.
Get The Recipe HERE!
Best of Luck!