Why in the world is everyone so hot about pressure cooking?
Okay, yes… with pressure cooking, the food gets hotter than boiling inside due to built-up pressure. But what's the big deal with that?
I'm glad you asked! From being healthy to tenderizing food like nothing else to being so fast… here are 8 reasons to LOVE pressure cooking.
Be sure to add yours in the comments!
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8 Reasons To Love Pressure Cooking
Here are my 8 reason to love pressure cooking (of course explained in more detail in the podcast and video above). What are yours? Add them in the comments!
1. Tenderizes meat.
The high pressure and the trapped moisture makes pressure cooking the #1 way to prepare grass-fed and cheaper cuts of meat so they're butter-tender.
2. Fast, fast, fast.
You can cook grains, beans, meats, veggies, fruits in a fraction of the time with other cooking methods. You can even start with frozen and still get dinner on the table in time!
3. With traditional methods, even faster.
Pressure cooking is fast already, but if you use traditional methods like soaking grains/beans, they cook even faster in a pressure cooker! My soaked rice takes 12 minutes. 12 minutes!
4. It can be hands-free.
If your pressure cooker is one of the electric pressure cookers such as the Instant Pot, you can literally plug-n-play. Just program it with what you want and the appliance monitors pressure and time for you!
5. It’s efficient.
You can prepare meals in one pot. Like my chicken soup. Start with the whole chicken and cook it. Debone the chicken and put the bones back in. Make stock. Strain out the bones. Add veggies to the broth. Simmer. Add the chicken back, along with seasonings. Chicken soup! One pot, very little hands on time, hardly any mess… and a very happy family.
6. You can start with frozen!
Forgot to thaw your meat last night or this morning? Just add a bit more time (minutes, really) and you're still serving dinner on time. The book Pressure Perfect includes instructions for how much time to add if your roast/steak/etc. is frozen!
7. It’s easy.
Yes, you may need to read your pressure cooker's manual from cover to cover to get familiar with operating it, or at least confident enough to try. After that, you're off to the races.
By the way, the new pressure cookers (stovetop and electric) are safer than they used to be. They are built to avoid explosions or any of those horror stories. If anything goes wrong, all you've got is a mess rather than a disaster.
8. It’s fun!
Fun is important, too, right? I believe we should LOVE what we do in the kitchen and savor the creativity and accomplishments. Pressure cooking allows you to do more with less. More in less time. More complicated dishes easily and with less mess. To produce beautiful foods for our families to enjoy.
And let's face it — when our families are happy, we are happy!
- Getting Started with Pressure Cooking
- Is Pressure Cooking Healthy?
- Recommended Instant Pot
- Pressure Cooking eCourse with Traditional Cooking School
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