Memories of Mom Monday – Porcupine meatballs

Before microwave ovens became commonplace, Mom got this new-fangled kitchen accessory called a pressure cooker. It was a heavy aluminum pot with a lid which latched on securely. When heated, the water boiling inside created an intense pressure rise inside the container. The theory was that the higher pressure allowed water to get superheated and cook the food much faster. I still fondly remember the rocking of the weight on top of the lid to regulate the pressure inside as well as the swishing sound the escaping steam made.

The unit came with a little recipe book; one of which was Porcupine Meatballs. This was like regular meatballs except that grains of raw rice was added to the mix. When cooked, the rice swelled up, giving the meatballs little white spikes on their outer surface.

We also discovered that the bones of chicken cooked in the pressure cooker came out soft enough to eat.

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2 Responses to “Memories of Mom Monday – Porcupine meatballs”

  1. jwcooper3 Says:

    Yes! My Mom’s pressure cooker had a do-hickey on top that whistled. I’d forgotten all about that thing. My Mom made Swedish Meatballs (which was not one of my favorites – I think it was the taste of sherry – ick).

  2. Bill Says:

    Cooper – would you believe they still sell pressure cookers? I checked the housewares department at Sears the last time I paid my Discover bill and there are several models available.

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