A new superstar has taken the stage in home kitchens: the electric pressure cooker. We’ve all heard the rave reviews about cooking a meal in a fraction of the time, food retaining more of its nutrients, and this one appliance performing the functions of multiple others. But how do you get started with pressure cooking? Here are some tips to help you get your electric pressure-cooking strategies going.
Like nearly any product, there are an assortment of options for electric pressure cookers. The most important things that separate them are price, speed and versatility. If you’re relatively new to the world of pressure cooking, a basic model with pre-programmed settings might be better for you than a version with completely customizable pressure and temperature settings. The simpler devices also tend to be more cost-effective while still performing the main functions you want. Within this category there are faster and slower cookers as well as models with more settings. There are even different sizes, so make sure you do your research on which one will meet your particular needs best. Here’s a list of top-tested cookers and their pros and cons.
With an electric pressure cooker, you can significantly cut down your meal prep time. Most cookers have a delay timer so you can put your oatmeal in your cooker at night and set it to start cooking before you get out of bed in the morning. Some even have a Bluetooth setting, allowing you to program your cooker from your phone. Your cooker can help you save time even if you didn’t think ahead. Want to make some chili for dinner, but don’t have hours to let it simmer? Your cooker can finish it in just one hour, and you don’t even have to check on it while it cooks. Did you realize you forgot to pull your meat out of the freezer? Never fear, the pressure cooker can thaw and cook your meat in under an hour. Read some more facts about how a pressure cooker can simplify your life.
The electric pressure cooker has a variety of functions that you can use to meet your unique needs. Want a healthy, quick breakfast for your family? You can cook oatmeal and quinoa, hard-boiled eggs, and even quiche in your pressure cooker. Need some hearty dinners without the mess and constant monitoring? Try making mashed potatoes, corn on the cob or a one-pot dinner. You can even bake desserts and make beverages and sauces in your cooker. Discover more tips and recipe ideas on how to use the electric pressure cooker to simplify your life or spice it up.
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Abby McCain is the Communications and Marketing Secretary at Meridian Technology Center.