While a slow cooker may be great at cooking that casserole while you’re at work all day, the pressure cooker wins at making healthy, hearty meals in little time.
The high pressure cooking technique doesn’t permit air or liquid to escape and also mixes the cooking liquid and the moisture from the food to cook quickly.
This technique helps tenderize tough cuts of meat that would normally take over three to four hours if you braised them in the oven.
Cooking under the pressure created by a pressure cooker means that you can cook stove top dishes more quickly.
A pressure cooker is great for cooking beans, stews, chicken soup, lamb shank, beef cheeks, pot roast, bacon ribs, pork ribs, and corn beef and cabbage.
There are numerous brands, styles and features to choose from; we purchased an “Instant Pot” brand just one of several available for purchase.
If you are new to pressure cookers, trial and error is recommended along with a cook book especially written for pressure cookers.
You can find recipes online along with thousands of users with their comments and techniques.
Word of caution.
When you use a pressure cooker, you’re dealing with contents under pressure. That fact alone means you must handle the appliance with as much care as possible so you don’t risk hurting yourself. ‘Make sure you always follow the manufacturer’s instructions because pressure cookers can be dangerous.