My Mom always cooked with a pressure cooker when we were kids and so I was never afraid to use one. Over the years I have found them a quick, easy and healthy way to cook meals in just one pot!
I find that vegetables hold their shape and color better when cooked this way at the same time retaining more moisture, nutrients and flavor. As this method of cooking uses less water and fat I can feed my family tasty healthier meals. It cooks faster than a microwave for many foods and Ive found it tenderizes some cuts of meat so I can buy cheaper cuts saving me a few dollars.
Most foods can be cooked in a pressure cooker including, meat, fish, chicken and vegetables, and don’t forget delicious deserts such as custards and rice pudding! Apart from cooking meat and vegetables in my pressure cooker I have also made stews and used the pot without the lid to make jam, fudge and chili.
Cooking different foods at the same time is easy using the special racks and baskets which keep the foods apart and stop the intermingling of flavors. Theyre also useful for draining the cooked food.
Some models can be used for home canning and although Ive never tried this its real easy to can meat, fruits, vegetables and sauces.
Although it may not be a new cooking technique, technology has improved over time to make pressure cookers safer and easier than ever to use, so dont be afraid to give it a go.
Below are a couple of examples of the different types of pressure cooker available.
Kuhn Rikon 3916 Duromatic Top Pressure Cooker, 5-Quart
Check it out on Amazon
This pressure cooker is made of 18/10 stainless steel which encases a layer of aluminum in the base to ensure fast and even heating of the pan. These newer models are much quieter and have 5 safety systems to stop the build up of too much pressure.
Simply put your food in the cooker, fasten the automatic locking lid, wait until the correct pressure has been reached then set your timer. When cooking is complete release the pressure by turning the knob to select either fast or slow release.
Reasons to Buy a Pressure Cooker
A pressure cooker is a great addition to any kitchen and will enable you to cook quick, delicious, healthy meals for many years to come!
- Cooks fast saving time and money
- Food retains more flavor and nutrients
- Can be used to cook both savory and dessert dishes
- Some pressure cookers can also be used for canning
Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker
Check it out on Amazon
This 23 quart pressure cooker is great for when you need to cook large amounts of food and is recommended as a safe method for canning meat, poultry and vegetables. You can also make jellies, pickles and preserve fruit by using this cooker as a boiling water canner.
The cooker is made of aluminum which will not warp and has stay cool handles for your safety. When canning or preserving the jars are held off the bottom of the pot by a rack which allows the water to circulate. This pressure cooker can be used on regular and smooth top stoves.
Which Pressure Cooker?
Consider the following:
- Make sure the pressure cooker you choose is suitable for your stovetop
- Do you require a pressure cooker that can also be used for canning?
- Would a duo pressure cooker set be more useful?
- Would you prefer a multi function pressure cooker?
- Make sure it is easy clean or dishwasher safe
- Which size? How much storage space do you have?
A good pressure cooker will last for years making lots of tasty, healthful meals.
Check Out These Great Pressure Cooker Recipes From Food.com!