Why Use a Pressure Cooker?

Using a pressure cooker has made my life easier. I can prepare a delicious meal in no time at all, and I don’t have to stand close to the stove, watching over, or stirring the pot. The time saved is about two-thirds of the total cooking time or more. If I’m making brown rice, or legumes, I generally start by sautéing onions and garlic, and then throw in one or two bay leaves, salt, the rice or legumes, and any other ingredients. Next, I close the lid and wait for the hissing sound from the top valve. The hissing sound tells me the pot has come up to temperature and it’s time to turn down the heat. After lowering the heat on the stove, I put on a timer for X minutes, whatever the cooking time is. Then, I sit down and read, watch the news, or help my son with his homework while the pressure cooker takes care of the rest. When the timer goes off the meal is ready. I turn off the stove and either let the pot cool on its own, or cool it quickly with running water. Why use a pressure cooker? The following are some great reasons to use a pressure cooker:

  1. Time Saving: Using a pressure cooker is time-saving. When you use a pressure cooker the cooking time reduces to one-third the time. It seems like you save even more time because you don’t have to stand over the pot, stirring.
  2. Nutritious: From a nutritional point there is no waste of vital nutrients because all the water and nutrients stay in the pot. Cooking under pressure also condenses the flavors making for a more tasty meal.
  3. Ease: Because it is one pot cooking, the cleanup is simple. There is also little to no spattering on the cooktop because the sides of the pan are taller, reducing the spattering from any pre-cooking or sautéing.
  4. Leftovers: It’s just as easy to make enough for leftovers as it is to make for one meal, so I always plan for leftovers. I find that the leftovers taste even better than the first meal because the flavors have had more time to develop and blend together.
  5. Energy Saving: You’ll also be using less electricity, which is better for your pocket and better for the planet by not wasting energy.

If you are considering buying a pressure cooker, there are a few important features to look for. You’ll want an ergonomic heat-resistant handle that has a safety lock. Look for a cooker that has a pressure release valve; if too much pressure builds up the release valve will open and allow steam to escape. The old style cookers don’t have this feature. Also, look for a cooker that has a thick bottom core made of 18/10 stainless steel. The thick core spread the heat evenly and reduces that chances that the food will burn.

Pressure cookers are wonderful for their easy cleanup, ease of use, and time-saving convenience. The food is healthy because there are no lost nutrients, and the food is yummy because the flavors are condensed. If you are considering one to buy one, look for the important safety features.


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