COOKING WITH AN ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER
DON'T BE WITHOUT ONE ...
Pressure cookers have for a long time, been given a bad rap. They are accused of removing vital nutrients from the food we cook because the food is cooked under pressure and at high temperatures. However, electric pressure cookers are not just energy efficient kitchen appliances, but they also help to retain the nutrients in the food they cook.
They are very easy to use, you just throw everything into the pot, put the top on, and press the button for the program you desire. You then disappear for 30 minutes or so and return once the program has finished. What could be easier than that?
Compared to other cooking methods such as baking in the oven, boiling on the cooker, steaming or other traditional methods such as microwave, halogen cookers, traditional pressure cookers, or even your slow cooker the new fandangle pressure cooker wins hands down on many points.
The time and energy required to cook your food with an electric pressure cooker is around 70% saving time on the traditional cooking types making this method of cooking more economical than most. Not only economical, saving you pennies in your pocket but it’s also helping to keep the CO2 emissions down. We want to be as eco-friendly as we possibly can and ‘Every little helps’. As Tesco say. Another benefit, apart from being more energy efficient is that a pressure cooker can save you time.
Talking of benefits, an electric pressure cooker actually helps to retain the nutrients and vitamins in the food it cooks, so the naysayers, can for once admit they are wrong.
Can you remember when you were a child growing up in the ’70s and 80’s and you would go to your grandma's house for Sunday lunch, and your vegetables would always be like mush? Well, that's because she boiled them to death, and you know that sludge round the edge of the pan that she made the gravy with, that was the nutrients, dead as a dodo.
An electric pressure cooker enables you to retain up to 90%, of those water-soluble vitamins that are normally lost through cooking. Not bad eh? But not only that the food comes out pretty much as it went it. Looking and feeling virtually the same depending on the time you set it for. Broccoli is still green and tree-like and potatoes are still white and round, a bit waxy looking but still, as perfect as they went in.
There is something fundamentally wrong with boiling your food. You know, when you boil your potatoes in a pan and they look disgusting they are bitty around the edges and falling to pieces? The water is white and that’s because you’re creating your own blend on potato starch. At that point, the nutrients in your potatoes are well-ruined!
If you’re anything like me, you’ll pour away the water (with the B vitamins in it) and turn them into mashed potato, with a lot of artery hardening butter because that is the only way you can make them taste nice at that stage. By the way, I love mashed potatoes and there’s no better mashed potato recipe than the one linked to this blog. It’d totally plant-based, cooked in the pressure cooker, and very, very tasty.
You can also cook rice and pasta in an electric pressure cooker very easily and the texture comes out perfect.
When it comes to cooking vegetables in the oven, they normally come out burnt or shriveled. what is that all about then? At this point, they have stopped being nutritious and have become boring.
One of the best ways to cook vegetables is in an electric pressure cooker. If you like your vegetables roasting, put them on a short pressure cooker cycle then finish them off in the oven with a tablespoon of oil (not a gallon).
Cooking your food in an electronic pressure cooker can help to remove unwanted microorganisms and the pressure cooker can obviously be used as a tool for sterilization too. Some people are a little peculiar about their food and ‘mud’ found on their food. Cooking this way sterilizes the food.
The next time somebody tells you that cooking in a pressure cooker is not good for you. Tell them. They're talking nonsense.
So, let’s go over some of the benefits of using a pressure cooker to cook your food.
1.It allows your food to remain tasteful.
2. It keeps your food tender and not rubbery.
I do not cook meat products, but fake meats are the same as real meat; cook them too much and they’ll taste and feel like old boot leather or dry cardboard.
3. Pressure cookers cause food to easily retain its texture, they do not turn into great big lumps of concrete, cardboard, or mush as the case might be.
4. They are exceptionally efficient and cost-effective- Energy Efficient.
5. They save you cooking and preparation time
6. They avoid wase as the cooking chamber is just big enough to feed a family of four.
7. The cooking chamber and the cooker easy to clean. No more piles of pots to wash.
8. They are easy to operate? No instructions required, just select the program, press a button and go.
There’s only really one or two down points to electric pressure cookers.
1. They can be dangerous if you try to release the pressure before the machine has even you the go-ahead to do so.
If the hot water from the pressure cooker touches you, it will burn. And obviously, most of us have our pressure cookers on a work surface. So, if it is going to burn anything it's going to be your face, your neck, and your hands. So please do not take off the top before the machine tells you, you can do so. The Machine will say END and the steam will have stopped filling the kitchen with steam like a Turkish steam bath. Once that’s happened, you’re free to open the lid.
2. They let off steam and it will fill the kitchen with steam so make sure your kitchen is well-ventilated and the extractor fan is switched on.
But on the bonus side ...
You can through your vegetables straight into the pot from frozen and the water content does not cause the pressure cooker to overcook them. It's pure magic.
If you were going to invest in a new kitchen gadget in 2021 I would strongly recommend buying an electric pressure cooker.
If you are interested in saving yourself time and effort you can check out some of my pressure cooker recipes on my recipes page or purchase some of the pressure cooker recipe books safely from Amazon.
For now, though, enjoy your day and enjoy cooking away …
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