Pressure Cooker 101

Want to Make Healthy Meals QUICK?!  Use a Pressure Cooker!

What is a Pressure Cooker?

When I first heard about pressure cookers, I didn’t even know what one was!  Basically, it’s a big pot (pan) with a lid.  But what makes it unique is that the lid has a rubber ring around the inside rim so it seals the pan shut.  Pressure cookers are great for making meals easily and quickly.  You simply throw in all your ingredients, seal the lid shut, then wait for the little indicator to tell you when the pressure has built up.  Then set your timer (most meals take 7-15 minutes once pressurized).  Once your timer goes off, you turn a little knob that lets all the steam (pressure) out and you’re ready to eat!  Folks, it really can’t get any easier than this!  Cooking under increased pressure reduces the required cooking time making dinner an easier feat for you, Mom!  I use my pressure cooker most every day!

Here’s an example… it would probably take 25-30 minutes to boil some potatoes to make mashed potatoes in a regular pan.  With a pressure cooker, it takes about 7 minutes of cook time, then you’re ready to mash!  Not only that, but in a pressure cooker, all of the nutrients in your food are contained in the pan, so there’s not as much nutrient loss as with regular pans!

Pressure cookers make it extremely easy to cook things like beans, rice, and veggies.  Before getting my pressure cooker, I had only cooked beans a few times EVER.  Now, I cook beans many times a week!  And it’s cheaper to soak and cook your own beans rather than buying canned!  Pinto, garbanzos, kidney, black, lentils, lima, navy.

If you’re in the market for a pressure cooker, make sure to get a stainless steel one, as aluminum pans are not very healthy for cooking.  I’ll include a link of the one I own, but I am not advertising for this company, other ones may be just as good.  But I will say that I have been very pleased with mine! http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=10769302

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