If you're old enough, your memory of pressure cookers is probably of a steaming, spitting monster of a pot, noisily rattling on the kitchen stove. I know I have this memory of pressure cookers and it made me afraid to even try this most useful cooking tool for decades.
The old pressure cookers were scary things. I remember one time when my mother neglected a pot of pressure cooked beans while she answered a phone call. A loud explosion rudely interrupted her call, resulting in beans on the floor, beans on the ceiling, beans on the walls --- you get the big messy picture.
If you're not so old, you probably have never encountered a pressure cooker at all. But pressure cookers are back, and good news, they are nothing like the noisy, rattling, steam spitting models your mother or grandmother used. Today's pressure cookers are safe and easy to use.
Adapting Regular Recipes for the Pressure Cooker - Presto Pressure Cooker
You can cook most anything in the pressure cooker, although to be sure, it is better suited for foods that require long cooking times, such as soups, stews, beans and grain dishes. That said, I often make crisp-cooked steamed vegetables in my pressure cooker - the secret is to only cook them for a minute or two under pressure.
There are not many changes to make when adapting recipes for the pressure cooker. Just make sure you are using enough liquid to create steam (usually a minimum of 2 cups, you can get away with a little less for foods that cook quickly like steamed vegetables).
Sear meats and aromatic vegetables like onions for better flavor before closing the pressure cooker and cooking under pressure.
Other than that, the most important thing to monitor is the cooking time.
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A pressure cooker is similar to a typical stovetop pot except that the lid is designed to maintain a tight seal, usually through a gasket or rubber ring.
The pressure cooker's seal does not let steam escape. The trapped steam builds up very high pressure in the pot, which heats it to a very high temperature.
Aside from speeding up cooking times, pressure cooker speed is reputed to boost nutrition, since less nutrients get burned away in short time intervals. Use of a pressure cooker also conserves energy and gas.
Pressure cookers adapt best to recipes that normally use a moist cooking method such assoups, stews, tough cuts of meats, artichokes, steamed puddings, etc. Add vegetables at the very end to avoid a mushy result.
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