New Found Fun With a Pressure CookerSubmitted by sleightofhand80 on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:23
I like to cook and this Christmas my mother bought a pressure cooker for me as a gift. I cook a LOT in my crock pot so wanted to see how they compare.
I'm not sure how familiar you guys (I'm sure some of you know quite well) are with a pressure cooker, but let me explain the advantages.
Stovetop and crockpot cooking will keep food at a sustained heat (around boiling temp, 212 F) for sometime until meat is tender and food is ready. This normally takes several hours to cook any kind of tougher meat.
What does a pressure cooker do? It cooks at a higher pressure than a pot on the stove, and as a result, the temperature is higher as well, around 250-270F. This high temperature breaks down the meat fibers significantly and very quickly.
A few nights ago I made steak chili with cheap stew meat bought from the store and cooked it for 35 minutes. The stew meat that I would normally have to leave in a pot for hours on the stonve was done and falling apart in my mouth after 35 minutes!
Last night I made beef stew, once again, with cheap stew meat. 25 minutes in the pressure cooker and I could cut the meat with a spoon when finished!
If you guys have any recipes for a pressure cooker, please let me know. I'm excited to find a new method of easy, cheap cooking!