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Every house needs a pressure cooker. This handy kitchen gadget offers ultimate kitchen convenience. What’s more, newer pressure cookers are much safer to use than they were in the past. If you don’t already have a pressure cooker in your kitchen artillery, you’re definitely missing out. Let’s take a look at a few pressure cooker tips and tricks you can try.

Faster Cooking

After a long day at work, you really don’t want to stand in front of the stove for hours cooking a nutritious meal for the family, do you? When you use a pressure cooker, you can literally cut your cooking time down by over two thirds.

Energy Saver

Has the recent increase in electricity costs got you feeling a little under the weather? The good news is that a pressure cooker offers an energy saving alternative. This is because when you use a pressure cooker you are actually harnessing the power of steam to cook food much faster. This means you food will be on the stove for less time and you’ll be saving on electricity costs.

Healthier

When you cook veggies or actually anything else in a pressure cooker you are locking in more of those nutrients in the food. By using more traditional means of cooking, you stand to lose some of the foods nutritional value through water and steam escaping.

More flavour

Pressure cookers work by cooking food at REALLY high heat. This causes meats to brown and caramelise and therefore looking in those all-important flavours. You are also not losing any of those flavours.

Once you have a pressure cooker, you want to make sure that you get the most out of it, every time you use it. Here are our top pressure cooker tips for keeping pressure cooker in tip-top shape and using it to save you time and money.

Storage

The easiest way to ensure your pressure cooker remains in the best possible condition is to make sure it is stored properly. Always make sure that your pressure cooker is properly washed and dried before your pack it away.

Liquid Cooking

In almost every in life less is better, but not with pressure cooker cooking. Never use less liquid than is required in the recipe. Using a pressure cooker means that you will be cooking with the liquid that is in the pot, it is recommended that you never use less than one cup of liquid. Also make sure that your pot is never filled more than halfway.

Filling It Up

Do not over fill the pressure cooker. While we cannot weigh steam, we need to remember that it will take up space in the cooker. Also remember that the steam will build up quickly.

Timing

Timing is the biggest secret to successfully cooking with a pressure cooker. Once you pot reaches the desired pressure, you need to keep an eye on it. As far as timing goes, it is always better to undercook food than serving overcooked food. Undercooked food can simply be cooked a little longer.

Food Size

For a more even cook, make sure that everything you put in your pot is cut to the same size. Meat with bones will take longer to cook and veggies.

Pressure Release

Almost every family has an exploding pressure cooker story. And, for good reason pressure cookers from a few years ago were not equipped with today’s safety features. Today, you won’t be able to open the pressure cooker, if you haven’t released all the pressure. Always follow the instructions set out in your pressure cooker manual.

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