5 ways to use a pressure cooker
Now that you have a comprehensive understanding of what pressure cookers are and how they operate, you’re probably wondering how to use a pressure cooker to make some of your favorite meals.
From scrumptious main courses to delectable desserts (and everything in between), here are five exciting ways to use a pressure cooker.
#1 To whip up homemade stocks and soups
A modern pressure cooker makes it fast and easy to create your own vegetable broths and soups. What’s more, it might even make these culinary creations taste better, thanks to an airtight environment that keeps all of the aromas and flavors trapped inside.
#2 To cook grains
Grains like rice, wheat, and oats are an important part of a healthy diet as they provide you with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. But cooking them on the stove can be slow-going. And that extended cooking time doesn’t just eat away at your schedule—it also takes bites out of the nutritional value of the meal.
Fortunately, pressure cookers can get the job done in about a third of the time. As a result, they’re known to preserve nutritional value and even improve a dish’s flavor and texture.
Among the many grains you can make in a pressure cooker are:
Use the pressure cooker to create grain dishes such as risotto or rice pudding.
#3 To make flavorful beans and vegetables
Cooking vegetables and legumes in a pressure cooker is an excellent way to decrease the preparation time and ensure they don’t experience any of the nutrition loss that can come from over-cooking.
Not to mention, the options for quick, easy, and mouthwatering vegetable dishes are nearly endless. Consider using your pressure cooker to whip up:
● Baked beans or collard greens for a summer cook-out
● Spinach and artichoke dip for a game day
● Ratatouille for a Parisian date night
● Mashed or whole potatoes for a comforting side dish
#4 To sear, roast, or braise meats and poultry
The hallmark of a good cut of meat is its tenderness. This is especially true of dishes like pot roasts, stews, and brisket. But it can take hours in the oven to achieve the kind of falling-off-the-bone tenderness those dishes require.
Pressure cookers drastically reduce the time it takes to tenderize meat by cooking it at enhanced temperatures. Aside from briskets, roasts, and stews, electric cookers can also roast whole chickens and braise short ribs, making you a master of meats!
Remember that with most meat-based dishes, you’ll want to sear the meat before you start the pressure cooking. With electric cookers, this is as simple as choosing the “sear” setting before adding the other ingredients.
#5 To dabble in desserts
No meal is complete without dessert. Fortunately, pressure cookers take the fuss out of baking so you can end every meal on a high note.
Top-of-the-line pressure cookers feature special baking settings that you can use to make decadent desserts, like:
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