3 Reasons to Use Your Pressure Cooker
If you don’t yet own or use a pressure cooker, stop what you’re doing, head to the store and pick one up. Seriously. What’s not to love about a compact, versatile appliance that can produce mouthwatering meals in just minutes – meals that would otherwise have taken hours upon hours to prepare and cook?
Still not convinced that pressure cookers are the way to go, here are three reasons that might just change your mind.
Love the taste of a slow-cooked meal, but don’t have the time or energy to actually make it happen? We’re all busy. Finding the time it takes to prepare and cook a dish like chili, stew or ribs can be challenging. With a pressure cooker, you can easily get the same results, but instead of taking 3 to 8 hours, it can be ready to eat in just 30 or 40 minutes!
You can even adapt existing recipes for use in a pressure cooker. Ideally, you should look for recipes that have some liquid. For instance, soups, meats, stews and other slow cooker recipes can typically be adapted to suit a faster cooking time. Legume and grain recipes are also ideal for pressure cookers. Give our Old Fashioned Ham and Bean Soup or Cola Beans a try.
If you need help with the conversions, here’s a handy guideline.
When you shorten the amount of cooking time, you’ll naturally use less energy, which is great for those of us who are looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. In fact, when compared to other cooking methods, using a pressure cooker to prepare your meals could potentially save up to 75% of energy usage.
As an added bonus, when you consume less energy, you’ll also save money on your utility bills. And since you can prepare delicious meals in no time at home, you’ll also spend less money eating out. More money in your pocket is always a good thing!
Was eating healthier one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, a pressure cooker could be your key to actually sticking with your goals this year (and beyond).
Why? Because not only does cooking at home enable you to use ingredients that are better for you, but scientific studies indicate that foods cooked in a pressure cooker retain more of their vitamins and nutrients than food cooked using other methods, such as boiling or steaming.
For instance, one study showed that pressure cooked broccoli lost almost none of its nutritional value in comparison to several other cooking methods measured. This is believed to be attributed to the fact that using a pressure cooker prevents nutrients from escaping through the steam.
If you like to eat – and really, who doesn’t – then a pressure cooker could become your go-to tool for making dinner time a success. Save time, save money, eat healthier and do your part to preserve the environment. What’s not to love?