Pressure cooking has taking conventional cooking to a whole new level. These intelligent appliances use simple laws of physics to cook food at higher pressures and temperatures than with the usual approach. By cooking food in a sealed container they build up pressure by trapping steam. Increase in pressure is directly proportional to increase in temperature provided the volume remains the same as stated by the Ideal Gas Law. When food cooks at this higher temperature, cooking time and energy required to cook food reduces substantially.
Pressure cookers have been around for several years but the traditional ones have a reputation of being the cause of several kitchen mishaps involving the blowing off of the cooker lids. However, with modern pressure cookers that come with multiple safety features, you don’t have to worry about any mishaps. These new varieties of pressure cookers offer safe and convenient cooking for even amateur cooks.
If you are still unsure whether or not you need a pressure cooker for yourself, here are some of the benefits pressure cooking offers and why you definitely need one in your kitchen:
Pressure cooker saves 70% of your cooking time as compared to conventional cooking techniques. Where it takes 4 to 6 hours to cook meat dishes in a normal cooking pot, it only takes 30 to 40 minutes to pressure cook it. Pressure cooker saves much of your time spent in the kitchen.
In addition to saving time, pressure cookers also save 70% of the energy required to cook food as compared to the usual cooking techniques. The energy you save with pressure cooking results in huge savings in your utility bills as well.
Scientific research says that the longer the food is cooked, the more nutrients it will lose. Also, by trapping steam, the pressure cooker traps the vitamins and minerals from escaping the food. In contrast, with conventional cooking, the important nutrients are lost in the form of vapors with the steam.
By cooking food faster, pressure cookers also save much of the natural taste and colors of the ingredients which are lost when cooked for a long time as is the case with conventional cooking approach. As a result, pressure cooked food is more flavorful and appealing to the eye.
Easy clean up:
Pressure cookers cook food in a sealed environment which prevents any food splattering that is often the case with conventional stovetop cooking. At the end of the food preparation, you are left with a single utensil to clean; the pressure cooker. You are saved from the hassle in cleaning the stovetop and the kitchen counter, sometimes even the wall and floor.