Whether you’re a seasoned cook or beginner, power pressure cookers are a convenient kitchen appliance that’s worth utilizing. With a power pressure cooker you can prepare delicious, healthy meals up to 70 percent faster than conventional cooking methods, and the appliance is incredibly simple to use. But, before you dive into pressure cooking, remember to follow these tips.
- Read the manufacturer’s manual – Even if you are an experienced cook, different pressure cooking models have different parts and instruments and therefore do not operate the same. If you’ve just purchased the Power Pressure Cooker XL, review the manual thoroughly before using it.
- Always cook with liquid – Power pressure cooking induces less evaporation than conventional cooking methods, so you don’t need as much liquid. Electric pressure cookers prepare foods much quicker because they utilize the pressure from the accumulation of hot steam that’s trapped in the pot. When using your pressure cooker, you want to use at least one cup of cooking liquid and to never fill the electric cooker more than half way with liquid. (The pressure cooker should have a fill line found inside). If the ingredients are already in the pot and there’s too much liquid, you can reduce the amount of liquid by bringing it to a boil with the lid open.
- Don’t over fill the pressure cooker – As previously described, you should never fill the electric cooker more than half way with liquid. As for food, never fill it more than two-thirds full. Also avoid packing in food tightly because this will prevent your recipe from coming out as intended.
- Use fresh herbs – Rather than dried herbs, stick to fresh herbs from the supermarket or garden. With pressure cooking, the flavor of the herbs will be infused into the other ingredients, resulting in a delicious dish.
- Don’t use thickeners – If you’re making stew using your pressure cooker, do not add thickeners to the broth or stock. Instead, add the thickener after you are finished pressure cooking. A thickener like starch or flour will increase the cooking time, and it also has a tendency to condense in the bottom of the pot.
With these tips, you’ll be on your way to preparing an impeccable home-style meal!