Learn the art of how to cook with a Pressure Cooker
Before you start to use your pressure cooker it is important to get familiar with pressure cookers so you understand how they work. If you learn about the pressure cooker before you use it for the first time, you won’t be confused while reading a new recipe.
Why do people like pressure cookers?
One of the main reasons people love pressure cookers is because they save time and money. Pressure cookers make meals much faster (25-50 percent to be exact) than traditional methods and use less energy.
In case you’re unaware, pressure cookers work by using a combination of pressure and steam to cook a meal. The cooker is tightly sealed and liquid, such as water or broth, is placed under high heat to create loads of steam.
As the steam builds inside of the cooker so does the pressure which forces heat and moisture through whatever is inside of the cooker. The additional moisture may cause food to contain more moisture than normal, which is a huge plus for meats.
Cooking in a pressure cooker
Before even touching your cooker you must prep your food. Depending on the recipe you choose you may be asked to cut, season, or brown food before placing it in the cooker. Once you have prepped your meal, you are ready to use your pressure cooker.
- Place the recommended amount of water into the pressure cooker; the amount will vary depending on your cooker and the recipe you decide to use.
- Put your food into the cookware and be sure to close the lid tightly, so you don’t get hurt.
- The cooker will begin to build pressure, once it does reduce the heat and let your food cook.
- To remove the food from the cooker, you have to slowly release the pressure. You can let the pressure release on its own, press the quick release button, or pour cold water over your cooker (do not perform this method on electric cookers).
- Check the pressure regulator to ensure no steam is left in your cookware then remove your food!
Additional tips when using a pressure cooker
Here are a few tips that will help you get to grips with pressure cooking:
- Always make sure each piece of your cooker gets cleaned so it performs to its highest potential at all times.
- Never forget your liquid, at least one cup. You should never fill your cooker up more than half way with liquid.
- Don’t stuff too much food inside your cooker, leave 1/3 of the cooker free.
- You should always begin cooking with high heat then you can reduce it if necessary.
- Things that are overcooked could become mushy so watch your time.
- If you choose to use a pressure cooker with a recipe that doesn’t call for one, remember the cooking time will increase.
It’s time to get cooking!
Now that you have a idea about what you are doing you can start to cook. Remember, cooking great meals comes through practice and confidence – The more you cook with a pressure cooker, the better you will get, the better you get, the more confidence you will have!