I to was terrified of a pressure cooker. I kept watching them advertised on QVC and HSN and I thought what a time saver they would be! I got up the nerve to call and order one. It arrived, I unpacked it and it sat on my kitchen counter for two weeks as I nervously eyed it. Finally the day came when I said, "this is it, I'll make some rice, how hard can that be"? I poured in the water, added the rice and salt. Placed the lid on the machine, plugged it in, made sure I closed the vent as instructed, pushed the button and RAN out of my kitchen. I stood in my Dining Room and listened---Silence--- no rattling, no steam spewing all over the place--nothing, just silence. A few minutes later I heard three beeps. I walked to the Pressure Cooker and the read-out said "END" I waited for the pressure to drop, opened the lid, and there was the most perfect rice I could ask for! That broke the ice for me. I moved on to Chilli, Soups, Chicken, Pot Roast etc. etc.
That poor machine has not had a break since I made the rice. When I told my Sister I made Stuffed Cabbage in 25 minutes, she said I was dreaming. Chili in 20 minutes, 5qts of home made soup in 20 minutes. True, all true. What a boon to the American housewife!!!! I wish I had had this when my 4 sons were growing up. I am so sorry I didn't buy it years ago. So much wasted time and energy. Plus a cool kitchen in the hot summer
Take the plunge, order an electic Pressure Cooker they are safe and you will love it like I do. I have a 5qt Cook's Essentials unit.but Montels unit looks good too.
Good luck, and happy Pressure Cooking!!!