What do French Onion soup, pasta casserole, and pulled pork have in common? Besides being delicious, they can all be cooked to perfection using a pressure cooker. Pressure-cooking as been around for a while, and traditional pressure cookers made quite a screeching noise as a warning that dinner was about to explode onto the walls and ceiling of the kitchen. Pressure cookers have come a long way since then, and the days of screeching explosions are long gone. Today, pressure cookers have safety features that prevent a messy explosion.
Because of the messy and noisy memories many people have with pressure cookers, many cooks are less than excited to try to dishes in the pressure cooker. However, modern day versions offer a wide range of benefits in the kitchen.
Food Preparation Time
After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is mix, blend, stir and watch over a meal to ensure it doesn’t burn or make a mess. One of the major advantages of a pressure cooker is the ability to quickly throw all of your ingredients into a pot, close the lid, and move on to something else — i.e., open a bottle of wine or open a cold one from the beer refrigerator — while dinner cooks itself.
While making dinner for the family, do you find that you are fanning yourself with an oven mitt or wiping the sweat off of your forehead? Cooking on a traditional stovetop sends heat into the kitchen and can heat up the cooking area pretty quickly. Even though most of the heat moves upwards into the stovetop fan, some escapes into the kitchen and makes for a humid working environment. With a pressure cooker, all of the heat is concentrated to one place, and the only time it escapes is in that perfect moment when you release the latches, lift the lid, and the kitchen is suddenly filled with the warm, mouth-watering smells of dinner ready to be served.
Boiling, steaming, and stirring in multiple pots and pans on a stovetop all at once requires a great amount of energy, and in turn, contributes to a higher electricity bill. A pressure cooker cooks food using just one pot, and significantly reduces the energy required to make dinner. Who knew pressure cookers could not only make cooking dinner easier, but also save you money?!
Easy Clean Up
Walk away from a bubbling sauce for just one second, and come back to a mess all over the stovetop and down the side of the pan. Pair that with the mess that multiple stirring spoons leave behind on the counter and you’ve got quite a job ahead of you when it’s time to clean the kitchen. The lid on pressure cookers keeps food right where it supposed to be and won’t splash or bubble over, creating a mess — unless there’s an issue like this. The benefit of cooking everything in one pot is that when it’s time to clean up, you don’t have a sink full of dishes to tackle.
Health conscious families may spend time, effort, and money buying quality meats and vegetable to prepare healthy meals for their family, but all of this effort is wasted if you lose the nutritional value of the food by cooking it the wrong way. The longer food cooks and the more liquid you use to keep it from sticking to the pan, the more nutrients escape from the food itself. A pressure cooker allows you to cook your food thoroughly in a short amount of time and doesn’t require a lot of water.
Sometimes a pressure cooker can be confused with a slow cooker, which is also known as a crock-pot. A crock-pot is famous for taking raw meat and vegetables in the morning and turning it into a flavorful stew by dinnertime. This is great when you have the time for a slow-cooked dinner. Pressure cookers, however, are 70% faster than cooking on a stovetop. Throw raw chicken and some veggies into the pressure cooker, and thirty minutes later, you have a roasted chicken meal that will have everyone asking for seconds. Some nights, quick and easy dinners are vital, and a pressure cooker helps without sacrificing taste or nutrition.
If you’ve been shying away from using a pressure cooker, consider the countless options this versatile, durable, and easy-to-clean cooking appliance can offer your family for delicious and healthy meals in no time!