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How to Make Vegan Bacon
How to Make Vanilla Extract
How to Select Green Beans

How to Select, Store, Slice,
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Basic Bread & Pizza Crust
Basic Vegan Alfredo Sauce
Basic Vegan Baked Beans
Basic Vegan Gravy
Basic Mushroom Gravy
Basic Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Basic Vegan Pancakes
Basic Vegan Presto Pesto
Basic Vegan Polenta
Fissler Vitaquick
Pressure Cooker
Mashed Potatoes
MATCH Meats Review
Millet, The Frugal Grain
Puff Pastry by Aussie Bakery
Oven Roasted Beets
RAW Almond Milk
RAW Cashew Cream
RAW Cashew Sour Cream
RAW Whipped Vanilla
Cashew Sweet Cream
RAW Vegan Cream Cheese
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Vegan Sweet Potatoes or YAMS?
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Russet Potatoes
Commonly known as the Idaho potato, the russet potato has low moisture but high starch content, which results in a lovely, floury texture when baked. The russet potato is long, slightly rounded, with a course brown skin with many eyes. The russet potato is available year-round

Selection & Storage
Select russet potatoes with no soft spots, cracks, or withering. If the "eyes" have sprouted or if the skin has a greenish tinge, DO NOT buy it. Greenish skin means the potato was exposed to bright light too long.

Store in a cool (50 degrees F to 55 F), dark place for up to two weeks.

Preparation
Scrub each russet potato well with a vegetable brush in a bowl and pan full of water with a few drops of a vegetable wash.

Baked Potatoes
Dry excess moisture off and prick each potato with a fork several times. Bake at 425 degrees F for 40 to 55 minutes, until tender when a sharp pointed knife is inserted.

For the best results in baking potatoes, do not wrap them in aluminum foil, or the end results will be a steamed-wet potato flesh.

Mashed Potatoes
If you are making mashed potatoes, use baked russets to achieve the richest possible texture for the dish.


Ode To My Potato
by Betty Morgan

Sweet Potatoes
Baked Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Hashed!

Potato Salad
Potato Gnocchi
Potato Pan-Fried
YUM!

Yukon Golds
Idaho Russets
Creamy Whites or New
Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
You're always low c a l o r i e,
tasty, tried, and true.

Potato, Oh My Potato,
how I love eating you!



Chives
Chives are related to the onion and the leek and it has delicate, hollow stalks that resemble grass blades and taste like a mild onion. If you grow your own chives, the pretty lavender flower that it produces are also edible. Chives are available year-round in most grocery stores.

Selection & Storage
Choose chives with a uniform green color and show no sign of yellowing, browning or wilting. Chives can be kept in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week. They are best when used immediately... great to have them growing in a personal herb garden.

Preparation
Rinse chives and dry on a paper towel. Snip with scissors to desired lengths. Do not chop chives or they will become bruised. To experience the best flavor of chives, add to the dish just before serving.

Vegan Basics
Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker - Mashed Potatoes 

Fissler VitaQuick Pressure Cooker
Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker

The Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker

For FAST Mashed Potatoes, I use a Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker. I pour two cups of alkaline filtered water into the Fissler, insert the tripod, set the insert basket filled with 13 small  Yukon Gold potatoes into the basket, and secured the lid.

Organic Yukon Gold Potatoes Cooked in the Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker
Organic Yukon Gold Potatoes Cooked in the Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker

Over high heat, the Fissler Vitaquick quickly reaches the double ring level and I lower the heat to medium low. Allow enough heat to keep the two white rings showing on the blue indicator, I set my iPhone timer for 4 minutes. A quick release of the steam button lets all the steam escape so I can easily open the lid to reveal perfectly steamed soft potatoes. To make sure the potatoes are done, I slip a bird's beak knife tip into the larger potatoes to test for doneness… if they were not, I would put the lid on again and cook for another minute. As you can see, I cook more than I need for a recipe, and the extras are refrigerated for hash brown breakfast potatoes during the week.

Fissler VitaQuick Pressure Cooker Insert Basket
Organic Yukon Gold Potatoes Cooked in the Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker

Fissler Vitaquick - A  Real Time Saver
After removing the Fissler Vitaquick pressure cooked potatoes, I often add a bag of organic green beans to the insert pan, bring them to the two ring pressure and cooked them for one minute. After releasing the pressure, I find perfectly steamed, brightly-green-colored string beans. Immediately run cold water over the basket to stop the cooking process and let them drain on a tea towel. Refrigerate the bright green beans for use in salads during the week or as a hot vegetable side dish for vegan entree.



Chez Bettay's Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes in the Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker



The Fissler Vitaquick


Cooking with the Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker, avoids watery potatoes and provides a full potato flavor from organic Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes.

Cut each cooked potato in half needed for the Basic Mashed Potato Recipe. Place the cut side down into the potato ricer and squeeze out the soft potato flesh and the skin remains in the ricer. A potato ricer saves the time of peeling the potatoes before cooking.

To finish the mashed potatoes, simoly add a bit of soymilk creamer, a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and fresh herbs to create a creamy flavor-filled mashed potato that no one can resist.

Remember, you don't have to give up flavor because vegans don't use cream or butter.

Wildwood Soy CreamerIngredients
4 extra large organic Russet potatoes or 8 small organic Yukon Gold Potatoes
organic extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
black pepper
Wildwood Soymilk Creamer (plain), Trader Joe's Soy Creamer (plain) or plain organic soy milk
chives, fresh or dried
Italian flat leaf parsley

Tools
Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker
knife
potato masher or potato ricer
large spatula

Preparation
Add the Water
Add about two cups of filtered water to the Fissler Vitaquick, insert the tripod, and turn the burner to HIGH.

Wash the Potatoes
Wash and peel the potatoes. If the potatoes are large (fist-sized), quarter them before putting into the insert basket.

Cook with Double White Ring Showing
Bring the Fissler Vitaquick to the two white ring showing stage and then lower the heat to keep both rings showing. Set a timer for 5 minutes and start the timer once the 2-ring level is achieved.

Steam Release
When the timer goes off, use the Quick Release Button on the handle, or place the Fissler in the sink and run cold water over the top till the blue button falls completely back down into the lid. Now you may safely and easily open the lid and remove the perfectly cooked potato filled basket.

Save Clean-up Time
After removing the basket and tripod, pour out the hot water and then place the potatoes back into the hot pot and mash them with my potato masher. Or use your potato ricer as described above. If I'm not using the Fissler Vitaquick to cook another item in my menu, I like to use the Fissler pot to mash or rice the cooked potatoes in. It's HOT and will keep the potatoes warm after I've mashed them. I simply replace the lid and set it aside till serving.

Note: If the Basic Mashed Potatoes thicken too much while preparing the other items for the meal, simply add a bit more of the soy creamer, stir, and they are smooth out again.

Final Seasonings
For the Basic Vegan Mashed Potato Recipe, add 3 tablespoons of an organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, one teaspoon sea salt, on teaspoon black pepper, and Wildwood Soy Creamer.

The amount of Wildwood Soy Creamer depends on how smooth you want the consistency of your riced/mashed potatoes. Start with 3/4 cup of Silk Soy Creamer and mix everything together with a large spoon.

Add more Wildwood Soy Creamer until you get the consistency you want for your Basic Vegan Mashed Potatoes.

Add 1 tablespoon of finely minced Italian flat leaf parsley and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh chives. Stir until the parsley and chives are incorporated into the vegan mashed potatoes.

Presentation
Spoon a large dollop onto your plate and add a vegan entree and veggies.

Variations
Use 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives instead of flat leaf Italian parsley.

Use 3 tablespoons of Sweet Roasted Garlic Paste instead of extra virgin olive oil.

Use Imagine No-Chicken Soup instead of Wildwood Soy Creamer.

RSVP Ricer
The RSVP Jumbo Potato Ricer is made of stainless steel metal and the large capacity basket makes it easier to squeeze the potatoes through.



Recommendation
BUY the Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker, 6.4 quart for a 2-Person Family.

BUY the Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker, 8.5 quart for a 2-3 Person Family.

BUY the Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker, 10.6 quart for 4 or more Person Family.




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-The Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker Review



 

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