Can You Help Me Get Over My Fear of the Pressure Cooker?

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Q: I am scared to death of my pressure cooker. My first use of my pressure cooker produced stiff, gummy, unchewable venison swimming in flavorless broth. My husband now grimaces at the memory of the Valentine's Day Venison Turned Pizza Night. Can you help me get over my fears of the dreaded pressure cooker?

I am fearful of the pressure and accidentally blowing a hole through the ceiling of my kitchen with the lid. And secondly, I am fearful of a repeat performance of the inedible venison. I really think the pressure cooker would help me put a meal on the table in considerably less time after a long day at work, so I'd love any advice you or your readers might have!

Sent by Beth

Editor: Beth, I also felt apprehensive about using a pressure cooker before I started using one, but now I can't imagine weeknight cooking without it! Reading a reliable pressure cooker cookbook will help you get over some of your safety fears, and give you some tasty recipes to try.

Here's a cookbook that we recommend, as well The Kitchn's introduction to using a pressure cooker:

Readers, do you have any advice for great cooking in a pressure cooker?

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