We read stories every day about the stress connected with evening meals. You got caught in traffic! Your child had an extra hockey practice! The train was late! Your boss needed another report for an important meeting! Your mother called and you couldn't get off the phone!
That's where a pressure cooker comes in handy. You can serve a wonderfully wholesome meal within an hour by adding meat, vegetables and liquid to the pot and spend up to 70% less time cooking it by using this handy kitchen appliance. Pressure cooking also preserves more vitamins and minerals than ordinary cooking methods and is nutritionally better. Try an economical cut of meat and see how tender this process makes the end entree.
There is a huge variety on the market and they range in price from a low of about $50.00 to several hundred dollars. When contemplating a purchase, one needs to review the various models and determine the right size and functions that are anticipated. However this is not the time to buy a cheap model or pick one up at a garage sale. Older models did not have the safety devices that current models do. This is a purchase that will last your lifetime.
Remembering that a six quart size will not cook six quarts of food is important. Most recipes allow you to fill the pot about 2/3rds full. However when cooking rice or beans which tend to froth during cooking, the pressure cooker should be only half full at the beginning.
There are wonderful sets available on the market that contain additional lids so you can use the pot for ordinary cooking with a clear lid, and some of the sets include two pots....a smaller one and a larger one to suit the quantity of food to be cooked - for two or a crowd. Most contain a basket and/or trivet for use when preparing various foods. Some pressure cookers have gauges that permit cooking at a lower temperature for delicate foods and at a higher temperature for a stew or soup, for instance.
Larger pressure cookers can double as a canner as well. Many experienced cooks like to cook huge batches of food and then preserve portions for future use by canning them using that same pressure cooker. A canner can be a real blessing when the produce in your garden ripens all at the same time.
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