Do you want to make a delicious dinner for your family, but are limited in the amount of time you have? A pressure cooker may be the answer for you. Pressure cookers can be used to make a delicious one-pot meal quickly, with only a few minutes of preparation. Throw all the ingredients into the pressure cooker and you’ll have dinner ready in less than an hour.
How does pressure cooking cook food so quickly? The food is placed inside the pressure cooker in water or another liquid. As the liquid boils, the trapped steam creates pressure, and as this pressure increases, so does the temperature. Any food that can be cooked in steam or water can be cooked in a pressure cooker.
This process is also great for foods that need to be tenderized, like braised meats and roasts. The high pressure helps force liquid and moisture into the food quickly, which helps it cook faster and also helps certain foods, like tough meat, get very tender very quickly.
There are several benefits to pressure cooking including:
- Foods retain most of their nutrients and are tastier,
- Saves energy,
- Saves time in meal preparation,
- The kitchen is cooler than when cooking on a stove,
- Less cleaning is required as you only have one pot,
- Pressure cookers can also be used to preserve food.
A common misconception with pressure cooking is that it is dangerous and the pots can explode food all over your kitchen. The new pressure cookers come with safety features which keeps the lids firmly in place until the pressure is released after cooking.
Here’s a look at some of our favorite pressure cookers:
The Fast Slow Pro by Breville
The Combination Pressure and Slow Cooker That Knows The Time, Temperature and Pressure Different Foods Need
Some foods are tender with time while others taste better after being cooked under pressure. The ‘Fast Slow Pro’ has menus that automatically adjust time, temperature and pressure between fast and slow cooking. Dual sensors at the top and bottom monitor ingredients for more accurate temperature and pressure control, while the hands-free steam release automatically varies depending on the food to maximize flavor and texture.
These “do-it-themselves” cookers can pressure cook, slow cook, steam, reduce, saute and sear with the press of a button and you can check the LCD to tell you when its building pressure, cooking, and releasing steam.
The Cuisinart CPC-600
Features variable pressure and temperature settings, plus browning, simmering and sauté functions for perfect roasts, stews, vegetables, cheesecake or custard. The Cuisinart™ Pressure Cooker is completely safe, with a lid that has to be locked in place before the pressure builds, and stays locked until pressure is released.
T-Fal Electric Pressure Cooker
This cooker has a delayed start so you can put all the ingredients in before you leave for work, set the timer, and have dinner ready when you get home. The pressure seal will keep your food fresh all day. You can even make yogurt with the T-Fal!