Electric Pressure Cooker Cooking Tips
Have You Seen the New Electric Pressure Cookers?
The new electric pressure cookers on the market today are nothing like the ones your grandma used to use. Grandma's cooker had to be watched constantly to keep it from getting too hot and blowing food all over the ceiling. You certainly don't have to worry about the new generation pressure cookers blowing up as they have several built-in features including:
- Locking pin to prevent the lid from being opened while under pressure
- Automatic shut-off valve that will engage before pressure exceeds its max.
- Pressure regulator knob
- Internal pressure release system
These new multifunction cookers are easy to use and can cook food up to 70% faster than conventional cooking. They cook quietly and efficiently. Most have a high and a low setting, some also have a keep warm setting. The following functions are available on these cookers.
- Warm--reheats or keeps cooked food warm
- Brown--allows you to brown your food before cooking it under pressure
- Steam--quickly brings cooked liquid to a boil for steaming or cooking rice. Steaming brings out the flavor and bright color of vegetables while retaining nutrients
- Slow cook-- cooks your food slowly to retain flavor and tenderness. You can set the timer up to 9 1/2 hours. Allows you to cook less tender meats and tenderize them with a long cooking period. Put your ingredients in before going to work and come home to a complete meal.
- Delay time--allows you to begin cooking food up to 8 hours later. If cooking perishable foods do not set the time for more than 1-2 hours.
- Low pressure--7.5 psi which is used for more delicate foods like seafood
- High pressure--15 psi which is used for most cooking
- Other pre-programmed settings available on some brands include: Rice, Chicken, Vegetable, Soup, or Beef
Image cooking the following foods in minutes in your electric pressure cooker instead of the hours it would take to cook conventionally.
- Rice in 4 minutes
- Navy beans in 20 minutes
- Pot roast in 45 minutes
- Corned beef and Cabbage in 65 minutes
- Turkey tenderloin in 15 minutes
- Pulled pork sandwiches in 90 minutes
- Cheesecake in 25 minutes
- Cinnamon apples in 3 minutes
As your can see pressure cookers have improved a lot, are much safer to use, and have many added features to make your meal preparation easier and more enjoyable. Cooking foods under pressure preserves the nutrients in food and requires no added fats so your foods can be healthy and nutritious. Foods are ready to be served in minutes.