Instant Pot, 3 in 1, or just plain pressure cooker—Whatever you call it, it is a remarkable tool to save time on nutritious, easy to fix meals.
Do you know about today’s pressure cooker?
It’s nothing like the scary stories you might have heard about growing up—kitchen explosions, loss of limbs, etc.
Today’s pressure cookers are sleek, efficient, energy and time saving. They are also more compact, better constructed, and easy to use. They come in two styles — stove-top and electric — with both using the same cooking principles. Simply speaking, when boiling water or other cooking liquid is contained in a sealed vessel, pressure builds from the internal steam, creating a cooking environment that transfers heat more rapidly. Thus, foods are cooked more quickly, retaining their nutrients, saving energy and your valuable time. For most things you would cook in an oven, a pressure cooker takes only about a fourth of the time.
I was first introduced to today’s pressure cookers a few years ago when I attended a cooking class with my mom in Arizona. My first pressure cooker I purchased was a stove top version made by Fissler. Because it looks and acts like an over-sized frying pan, it can be used for both conventional and pressure cooking. I really like how it has a waffle bottom so foods don’t stick to the pan.
Then, a couple of years ago, I took another pressure cooking class, this time taught by Chef Brad. He used an electric pressure cooker — A Fagor 3 in 1 Electric Cooker. Talk about versatility. Not only is it a pressure cooker but it is also a slow cooker and rice cooker. Since my Crock Pot and Rice Cooker were both on their last legs, this purchase was a no-brainer.
I’ve used my pressure cookers for everything from main dishes to side dishes and even desserts. My favorites are:
I’m always looking to experiment with new recipes. My favorite online resources are PressureCookingToday.com written by the fabulous Barbara Bakes and since the recent Instant Pot craze hit, I appreciate the Facebook Group, Instant Pot Community. And of course, Pinterest has tons of ideas too.
Today’s pressure cooker is definitely a must-have in today’s midlife kitchen. After all, who has time for traditional cooking?