The less time you spend in the kitchen the better it is for you. There are so many other household chores that there never seems to be enough time for cooking. Pressure cooking can help save cooking time of almost any meal that you may have planned.
Pressure cooking is a method of cooking in a vessel that is sealed and does not allow air or liquids to escape below a preset temperature. The theory behind pressure cooking is that the boiling point of water increases along with the pressure inside the vessel, which in turn allows the liquid in it to rise to a higher temperature before boiling.
Pressure cookers have been around for quite some time now. The original design was a cast iron pot with a lid that locked, much like the lid of modern pressure cookers. However, this proved to be dangerous as explosions were common. This led the inventor to incorporate a safety pressure release valve, which became instrumental in the popularity and survival of this method of cooking. Pressure cooking can cut cooking time by more than fifty percent and also save fuel cost.
Modern pressure cookers are available in various sizes and the one that you want to buy depends upon the size of your family. The best ones to buy are made from thick aluminum and/or stainless steel. These days you can even buy a pressure cooker with a Teflon coating that doubles as pan to brown meat or sauté.
Pressure cooking is effortless and quick. Simply add water and food and put on the stove. If you have an electric model, all that you need to do is to turn it on and set the time and the pressure cooker does the cooking for you without the need of overseeing to make sure that the stuff inside does not boil over. Pressure cooking retains all the goodness, including natural flavors, vitamins and minerals, giving you a healthier and tastier food.
A pressure cooker is an essential utensil and no matter the size you want, it must be part of every kitchen. You can also cook more than one dish at the same time by putting them in different compartments that come with it. However, cooking meat and vegetables in one go may be problematic as they require different cooking times. Overcooking of vegetables can lead to stewing, something that you may not want.
Pressure cooking is ideal for small families and someone living alone. It is not only convenient but also lets you choose meals that you would otherwise may not want to just because of the time and effort involved. For example, a meat broth will not take more than 45 minutes after you have browned the meat in an oven. Conventional cooking, as you we all know, will take all of 8-12 hours.
Pressure cooking is very popular but the sad part is that you see less of it on cooking channels. Maybe that has something to do with the myth that pressure cooker tend to explode. The reality is that modern pressure cookers are safe; all that you have to do is to take care that the gasket has not hardened and the safety valve is not clogged and working fine.