Electric pressure cookers prepare foods faster than other cooking methods using electricity. They are convenient to use- they save energy and time. Steamer baskets and accessory pans are used in electric pressure cookers to cook several types of food together (in the same cooker). Having a pressure cooker offers several advantages, some of the top benefits of using an electric pressure cooker are:
1. Foods retain their nutrients and are tastier
Foods prepared using a pressure cooker are more nutritious than those prepared for a longer time using traditional cookware. Cooking the foods for long destroys their nutrients. Pressure cookers use a shorter cooking time; about 70 percent lesser, it is, therefore, unlikely for foods to lose their flavor and color. It also uses less liquid; therefore vitamins and minerals are not lost through excessive boiling. Pressure cookers enhance the natural taste of food and its richness.
2. Pressure cookers save time and energy
Pressure cookers are more efficient than using multiple cooking pots on different burners; they save energy. Using modern pressure cookers that allow one-pot cooking recipe is energy efficient. Time used for cooking is less meaning energy is saved while preparing meals. Electric pressure cookers are an ideal option for saving energy and reducing monthly electricity bills. They are the best cooking alternative when tired from work or in a hurry; food is ready in a few minutes.
3. Pressure cooking ensures a cooler kitchen
Reducing the heat generated from cooking is key to a cooler kitchen. Regular pans and stove top pots produce a lot of heat that builds up resulting to an excessively hot kitchen. Onto the contrary, pressure cookers retain heat and steam produced, resulting in a cooler kitchen as no heat or steam escapes to the outside.
4. Less cleaning is required
Electric pressure cookers are fully sealed ensuring no steam escapes from the pot when pressure builds up, unlike other conventional cookers. There are no splashes, messy spills, or spatters that require clean up. The food aroma is only released upon opening the lid. Unlike other cookware that allows oils and steam to escape, messing up adjacent surfaces such as counters and walls, modern pressure cookers keep your kitchen clean and organized. Modern pressure cookers are a good option for reducing the number of cooking appliances in the kitchen.
5. Pressure cookers preserve food
Some electric pressure cookers are designed for canning foods such as fish band meats. Light pressure cookers are used for home canning while larger models are used for large scale. They are good in preserving foods for later use. They come with detailed canning and cooking instructions and guidelines such as types of foods that can be canned, pressure settings and time schedules for each food type. For safe food preservation using a pressure cooker, follow the instructions given carefully.
Electric Pressure Cooker Tips and Tricks
When purchasing an electric pressure cooker, pay attention to its psi levels (pressure measured in pound per square inch); select the type that gives the highest level. Follow the manufacturer’s guide to help you use it effectively. In a situation where steam is released, keep your face away from the cooker to avoid hot splatters or steam. Place a towel on the counter surface where you will set the hot lid. Make use of safety features that are integrated into modern pressure cookers such as valves that release excessive pressure. Below are some electric pressure cooker tips and tricks that ensure you get an ultimate experience using it:
1. Do not fill your cooker more than two-thirds, there is the possibility of food clogging the pressure plug when it expands.
2. Ensure the vent pipe is clear before using. Blocked vent pipes result to pressure building up to unsafe levels
3. Do not open the pressure cooker unless all the pressure is released.
4. Do not cook some foods such as rice, oatmeal, cranberries, applesauce, pasta, split peas, rhubarb, pearl barley or other cereals and dried soup mixes. They form foam that blocks the pressure release.
5. Replace the rubber gasket in case it is damaged or sticky. A tight seal with your gasket ensures no steam is allowed to escape so that the desired cooking pressure is reached.
Finally, ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions; it gives the best results and a safe, clean and pleasant cooking experience.