5 Things I LOVE about Pressure Cooking
Pressure Cooking has made a resurgence in popularity (with many of you begging for more PC recipes) and as someone who’s been using a pressure cooker for all of my cooking-life, I’m more than excited to share my delicious pressure cooker creations.
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I know many of you are hesitant to jump on the Pressure Cooking band wagon – but I’m here to say that Pressure Cooking is totally AWESOME and you’ll be hooked.
Here’s 5 Things I LOVE about Pressure Cooking:
Pressure Cooking is FAST…
The pressure cooker is the original ‘fast food’ machine. The fast cooking action of pressure cooker can cut the cooking time to just 1/3 of the cooking time of conventional cooking methods, and that’s time you can spend on other activities. You can do a beef stew in 15 minutes. Imagine a hearty bean soup in less than 10 minutes, that’s faster than you can set the table. Cheaper cuts of meat will be more tender and flavorful, and there is almost no loss of e nutrients.
Pressure Cooking SAVES MONEY…
Save 70% of energy normally used when cooking with a pressure cooker. A good quality pressure cooker pays for itself in energy saved! And your summertime kitchen stays cooler and less humid and that cuts down cooling bills. You can buy inexpensive cuts of meat, beans and legumes that would take hours and hours to cook by ordinary cooking methods, and have dinner on the table in just 15 minutes. Buy food in bulk sizes and take advantage of sales and cook up a weeks worth of main dishes in just a couple of hours with a pressure cooker. Because cooking times are so fast, even the busiest cook can serve a wholesome meal in minutes and avoid the expense of fast food.
Pressure Cooking is HEALTHY…
How foods are cooked can have a big impact on their nutrient content. The best way to destroy vitamins is to cook your food in an open pot of boiling water. To retain the most nutrients possible, most experts recommend that you use as little water as possible and cook foods rapidly because many vitamins are sensitive to water, heat and air exposure (vitamin C, the B vitamins and folate in particular) and water used for cooking can dissolve and wash away water soluble vitamins, while the heat deteriorates them. The longer the cooking time and the higher the temperature, the more nutrition is lost. Pressure cooking under steam is one of the methods best because it minimizes time and requires little water.Pressure cooking retains roughly 90% of nutrients, compared to just 75% steaming, 57% roasting and 40% boiling.
Pressure Cooking is SAFE…
Like many people, you probably assume pressure cookers are scary things our grandmothers (or great-granmothers) used, but think again. If you fear that pressure cookers will explode, take a deep breath and relax. The new, modern pressure cookers have multiple safety features and are 100% safe. New-style pressure cookers, with thick 3-ply bottoms prevent burned foods, and the improved vent systems, and pressure release valves make pressure cooking easier and safer to use than ever.
Pressure Cooking is ECO-FRIENDLY…
A pressure cooker is energy efficient and can save up to 70 % of the fuel used for cooking purposes. A good quality pressure cooker pays for itself in energy savings, which is not only good for the environment but your wallet too. Pressure cookers help cut pollution and minimize the greenhouse gas emissions from your gas stove, and reduce electric power consumption when using electric stoves, and that means electric plants use less energy to generate power. The decreased cooking time required for foods cooked in a pressure cooker results in proportionally reduced consumption of energy.
I think my collection of pressure cookers is definitely classifying me as pressure cooker obsessed, since I have 8 right now! While I started pressure cooking with very old fashioned, hand-me-downs from my grandmother 20 years ago, my current collection includes a wide variety of cookers and canners of various styles.
Predominately I use and recommend THIS 8 in 1 Multi-Cooker (I have both the 6 and 8 quart sizes) Click HERE for more info or on the photo below. While there are other brands/models available, with my testing and experience it’s performed the best overall for me. And it’s the most budget friendly multi-cooker option. However, almost all pressure cookers work the same and recipes are interchangeable with just a few minor adjustments, so don’t panic if we don’t have the same model/brand.
Additionally, a good quality stove-top pressure cooker can be used on ALL heat sources, natural gas, propane, electric, including magnetic, heat induction stoves and even solar, wood or charcoal fires. And not only perfect for cooking, many stove top pressure cookers can also double as pressure-canners, which makes them an essential component of your emergency prep kit!
Click HERE or on the photo below for the Stove Top Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker/Canner I recommend.
Nice article and very informative .If you need to get your food done in the shortest possible time, nothing beats using the best pressure cooker for home use. Just add all the ingredients, and come back to pick your done meal within a few minutes. While many will forget that they are cooking, there is a way this cooker informs you that your attention is needed in the kitchen. The trapped steam and hot water ensure your food gets done quickly.
Pressure cookers are not a new technology, so you need to upgrade to the new designs that are more efficient than older designs. Whether you’ve been using pressure cookers before, or you are just planning to start using, you’ll probably wonder, how do I set my hands on the best cooker for home use?
Criteria for Selecting The Best Pressure Cooker for Home Use
Selecting the best pressure cooker for home use is not rocket science, but you need to pay attention to some important details like:
You should go for a pressure cooker that is versatile, and by versatility, this cooker should be suitable for preparing all types of dishes. As such, even with one, you can prepare your meal completely before those with regular pot complete cooking.
Size is another important thing to consider when buying when buying a pressure cooker. The size of your family and the size of the food you are planning to prepare will influence the size you will be getting.
You should use your pressure cooker as much as possible, that is the way you can get the best out of the cooker. But if it’s not durable, after several consecutive uses, it will stop serving you. So, consider the material for the handle, the coating type, and material for the design like stainless steel, aluminum, or a combination.
Pressure cooker is must have appliance in the kitchen…..and it is one of the olds appliances….mice article
I adore this and pressure cookers. Oh, adore you.