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Pressure Cooking Saves Time in the Kitchen

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(BPT) - There's nothing like the smell of a home-cooked meal wafting through the kitchen for hours and hours - that is, if you have time to prepare such a meal. Since most of us don't have that sort …

(BPT) - There's nothing like the smell of a home-cooked meal wafting through the kitchen for hours and hours - that is, if you have time to prepare such a meal. Since most of us don't have that sort of time on a daily basis, many time-pressed cooks are rediscovering pressure cooking: an age-old cooking method that makes mealtime fast and easy.

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  • 1. Pressure Cooking Saves Time in theKitchen(BPT) - Theres nothing like the smell of a home-cooked meal wafting throughthe kitchen for hours and hours - that is, if you have time to prepare such ameal. Since most of us dont have that sort of time on a daily basis, many time-pressed cooks are rediscovering pressure cooking: an age-old cooking methodthat makes mealtime fast and easy.You may recall your mother or even your grandmother talking about using thepressure cookers of old, sometimes with unexpected results. A pressurecooker uses steam to cook foods. Available in stovetop or electric models, theyboth work on the same principle: foods and liquids are placed inside a pot thathas a pressurized chamber, and the steam transfers heat to the foods. Thepressure builds up inside the pot to cook food at a high temperature, whileallowing the food to retain its moisture and nutritional value. When cooking iscomplete, the steam can be vented using a release valve, before the lid isopened.Recently, pressure cookers have evolved to include many built-inconveniences and safety features that simplify the cooking process. Today,
  • 2. more home cooks are taking advantage of these cooking marvels, not onlybecause they cook foods faster than most conventional methods, but alsobecause they bring out the delicious flavor of foods and preserve inherentnutrients.--Todays advanced pressure cookers can be used to prepare anything frommeats and main courses to fresh vegetables, potatoes or even desserts. Andbecause they cook foods faster, they use less energy, providing a "greener"way of cooking. In short, a pressure cooker enables a user to prepare recipesin less than half the time, while locking in flavors and preserving vitamins andminerals. This means a pot roast, sweet potatoes, or even cheesecake recipeworthy of Julia Child can be done in record time, making pressure-cookingperfect for busy weeknight meals. -Manufacturers are increasingly taking the guesswork out of pressure-cookingwith intuitive features that make it easy to prepare delicious, nutritious mealsin a flash. For example, Calphalons 6-quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cookerhas a cover that locks on with the touch of a button, and a pop-up pressureindicator that makes it easy to monitor cooking times. The cooker also has apressure release dial that lets you select from multiple settings for cooking,and to safely release the steam after youre finished.-If youre new at using a pressure cooker, here are some general tips toget you started: Cut foods evenly: Uniform pieces cook most evenly. Dont overfill: Aim for a pot no more than two-thirds full of food. Be sureto use the recommended amount of liquid called for in the recipe.
  • 3.  Adjust spices: Flavors are more concentrated with this cooking method,so you may want to reduce the amount of spices you use in your favoriterecipes. Brown meats first: For especially tasty pressure-cooked meats, sear andbrown the meat before placing it in the pressure cooker to obtain thebest flavor and texture. Secure the lid: Make sure its properly closed and locked before youbegin cooking. Experiment with recipes you love. Try cooking in incremental stages,starting with the shortest recommended cooking time; you can alwayscook for a more minutes if needed. Consult the manufacturers manual: Read and follow the instructions forthe specific model you purchased.For lots of quick and easy menus that you can make in 30 minutes or less,check out the Quick and Easy Menus on a Dime menu guide.*Contains affiliate link.