Dear Pressure Cooking,
You are my go to, my ride or die, my best fran! You have changed my life for the better and have never let me down. I don’t know what I would do without you and couldn’t imagine life without you.
With love always,
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Okay that’s enough of that, but I wanted you to know just how important pressure cooking is to me because it should be equally as important to you. Especially if you’re looking to create more time and space in your life. If you already own a pressure cooker, good for you girl! And if you don’t, well start saving your coins honey! Pressure cooking is everything. I mean EVERYTHING! As a mom, it’s a necessity. And because it’s a necessity, I want you to know all there is to know about pressure cooking. The good, bad, and ugly. It’s really no ugly but I couldn’t just cut the sentence off at bad, lol! Anyway, let’s get into it. Here’s your ultimate pressure cooking guide!!!
Choosing The Right Pressure Cooker
Believe it or not, not all pressure cookers are created equal. They all have the same premise but some do a little more than others and can handle certain recipes better. You want to make sure you do your research on which pressure cooker is best for you. Most are pretty affordable, especially when you think of the use you will get out of it and the time you will get back.
I currently use the Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro that my mom gifted me with a couple of years ago. It’s been holding me down and gets the job done. It has a huge container to fit different sized meats and is super easy to clean. The only thing I wish it included was a searing capability to brown meat. But honestly that’s my only wish. Check out the Power Pressure Cooker XL Pro to see if it’s right for you.
If you want a little more capability, I’ve also heard the Instant Pot was lovely. I haven’t personally used it myself only because my pressure cooker is still rocking and rolling. But I have heard great things about the Instant Pot. When researching the capabilities and reviews, it has both functions of a pressure cooker and slow cooker. So no need to bring out the pressure cooker or buy one if you have the Instant Pot. Also the Instant Pot includes the searing function and will allow you to easily cook more recipes without needing other pans to be used. These capabilities make Instant Pot a great option. Check out the Instant Pot by clicking HERE.
Now that you have options, go do some research on which is best for you. There are a lot more versions out there but these are the two I am familiar with and have seen or heard great reviews of.
Best Recipes for Pressure Cooking
Yes, there are recipes that are more suitable for pressure cooking. Not all recipes can be made in a pressure cooker, but there are certain ones that are perfect for it.
These recipes include soups, stews, and pastas. Also things such as cooking rice, beans, or steaming veggies are great for this as well. The rule of thumb is recipes that will include some sort of liquid or sauce is great for pressure cooking. So just think about that when choosing recipes. Also they’re are a bunch of pressure cooking recipes on Pinterest, so if you’re ever in doubt just hop over there to look up a recipe.
What NOT To Forget
There are five things you don’t want to forget when pressure cooking. Don’t’ forget to:
- Read the manual. This is not the time to wing it. You actually want to review the manual to ensure you are aware of what and what not to do.
- Add enough liquid. Your pressure cooker manual will guide you as to how much liquid is mandatory.
- Add on the lid properly. You always want to be sure the lid is secured on correctly before attempting to begin pressure cooking. Usually there is a lock feature, so be sure to refer to your manual.
- Close the pressure valve. If you forget to close the pressure valve, your food will not cook properly and if the closure of the valve is prolonged, this can ruin the recipe.
- Clean the pot AND lid immediately after use. This prevents the particles of food from sitting for too long which can begin to cause smells to linger in your pot and lid.
The Dangers of Pressure Cooking
There is only one danger I am aware of when pressure cooking, which is the cause of an explosion. This is very rare and highly preventable if you follow my instructions above and READ THE MANUAL.
The Dangers of NOT Pressure Cooking
Honestly, the dangers of not pressure cooking scare me more than the dangers of actually doing it. Pressure cooking is the new way to cook. Listen up because here are the dangers of NOT pressure cooking.
- You will spend more time in the kitchen
- You will use more effort to cook
- You’ll think twice as hard when preparing your meal
- Your meal prep will take much longer
Moral of the story? Pressure Cook girl!!!
Pressure cooking isn’t as hard or dangerous as it may seem. It’s actually the easiest way to cook. By following this pressure cooking guide, you are on your way to making cooking work for you and not the other way around. This means more time with your kids, husband, or yourself. So get to pressure cooking and let me know how you like it and if it’s allowed you to create more time and space. I’m pretty sure the answer will be yes!
Happy pressure cooking and be sure to create time and space!