Have you ever heard the expression it’s a real pressure cooker in there? Well if you haven’t it usual refers to a stressful situation that someone is in or walking into. When I used the phrase last week I wasn’t talking about a stressful situation but actually using a real pressure cooker. Yes, my kitchen was turned into a real pressure cooker when my husband and I put our new T-Fal Clipso pressure cooker to the test. It was the first time we had even used a pressure cooker and for some reason both of us got it confused with a slow cooker. Little did we know but pressure cookers actually cut cooking times in half instead of the lengthy time that slow cookers require.
We started out with a simple recipe of garlic seasoned chicken thighs. We basically took 1 chopped up onion, 5 minced garlic cloves, some season all and pepper to taste and 5 skinless and boneless chicken thighs. The instructions said that we should first brown the thighs in olive oil first and then cook them under medium pressure for about 15 minutes. The results were a bunch of nicely cooked, moist, but bland tasting chicken thighs. We were not to impressed with our first pressure cooker test and there was debate about whether we should keep it or not.
We decide to push on and give the T-fal Clipso a couple of more chances. Several days later one of our friends told us about cooking pot roast in the pressure cooker. She said that usually it could take 3 hours or more to get the perfect pot roast using the traditional methods. However in the pressure cooker it would most likely take us an hour. We went ahead and found a nice recipe for savory pot roast which called for baby peeled carrots, peeled potatoes, minced garlic, chopped onions and celery, bay leaves, beef broth, season salt, pepper, and of course the chuck roast.
I first browned the huge chuck roast in a pan on all sides to seal in the juices. While this was happening I browned the sliced onions and garlic in the pressure cooker pot. Then the meat was added to the pressure cooker pot along with all of the other ingredients. The top was put on the pressure brought up to medium and we set the timer for 50 minutes. The end result was one of the most delicious and tender pieces of meat we have ever eaten. The flavor of the roast was infused with all of the seasoning and juices we put in the pot. The potatoes and carrots still had their shape but they were tender and well cooked. The meat was so tender you really didn’t even need a knife to cut it. It was as the phrase goes, “like butter.” Go here to check out the full recipe.
So now we had to have a tiebreaker to decide if we were going to keep the pressure cooker. The next day I found a recipe for French onion soup that can also be made in the pressure cooker. The prep time was about 15 minutes and the cooking time was another 15. The end result was a super delicious. French onion soup that my family enjoyed immensely.
I was so excited about the success of my last two recipes I forgot to mention one of the most important part of cooking. That is the cleaning of all the pots, pans, and dishes after you enjoy your delicious meal. Now of course you could put everything in the dishwasher and that’s one of the benefits of the Tfal pressure cooker you could put most of it in the dishwasher. But when it comes to pots and pans I prefer to hand wash them in the sink to make sure they are thoroughly clean. In the past I would use a sink brush and a sponge that has a scouring pad on one side. I was always worried that scouring action would scratch the pan.
It wasn’t until I found the Zabada Kitchen Handy cleaning pad that I could really clean with confidence.
The Kitchen Handy can be used to clean cook tops, stoves, pots, pans, baking dishes, and more. The three best things about this product is that it will lasts 2-3 years, you don’t need to use soap or harsh chemicals, and it works better than mostly every product on the market. I have to say cleaning my pots without a bunch of liquid soap took a bit getting used to. Zabada says that you should also use cold water instead of hot or warm water, another first for me when cleaning dishes. The nice thing about the kitchen handy is that it has two sides. One is the grease side used for cleaning greasy surfaces. The other is the grime side that has light scouring patches used for removing food residues and light grease.
After cooking a savory pot roast in my Tfal Clipso I decided to put the Zabada Kitchen Handy to the test. The pressure cooker pot and lid were definitely dirty and had a combination of grease and grime covering its surface. I grabbed up the kitchen handy turned on the cold water and almost went for the liquid soap (which my hubby actually did on the photo). I went ahead and wiped down the interior and exterior of the pressure cooker pot and lid. Without much effort I was able to get the stainless steel clean and shiny as new. The only thing that troubled me was that I didn’t use any soap or other cleaning product. A part of me wanted to rinse out the pot with some dish soap but I refrained from doing so. I guess this is one part of kitchen cleaning that I’m going to have to get used to. I look forward to using the kitchen handy in the future to see if it lasts as long as they say it does.
(Update on Zabada) After a few uses, the messes I was cleaning with Zabada, it began to cause a smell. Most likely the smell from dirt, grease, bacteria and the fact that it takes many hours to dry. I contacted the company. They told me I need to wash Zabada after 2-3 uses to maintain optimal Zabada use and then product will last me 2-3 years. It should be washed with mild detergent after 2-3 uses and dry flat. So I followed the instructions and washed my Zabada. It dried. The smell however did not go away. I washed it again. The smell is still there. I will continue to washing it, and will give it more chances however for now, I can only touch it with my rubber gloves and the odor from Zabada is currently very unpleasant. I will be looking into other no-chemical solutions to wash my pots and dishes.
In the end it looks like we are going to definitely keep the T-fal Clipso pressure cooker and begin a new adventure on our road to culinary delights. I’m so looking forward to what new and exciting recipes my husband and I can find. Feel free to share some of your favorites and any tips you may have for us.
I was so excited about the success of my pot roast recipe that I took the video of the Pot Roast straight out of the pressure cooker. Take a look at it in action
Now even more breaking exciting part. Since T-Fal Clipso and Zabada gave me the products to try in time for my Thanksgiving Challenge and assured me that I’m going to love these products (which I do) they were so confident and believed that you will love these products too. So in addition to sending me these products for a review, they are going to offer a set of T-Fal Clipso and Zabada Kitchen Handy to giveaway to 1 of my lucky reader. Can I get a Woot woot! Both are extremely user friendly and will become a staple in your kitchen for years to come.
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Disclosure: I received samples mention above to facilitate this post. All opinions are mine