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Why Use a Pressure Cooker? |

Why Use a Pressure Cooker?

It’s not the first cooking technique you learn at home or even cooking school. Perhaps not even while indulging in a glamorous stooge placement. I learned when I was a child. My mother didn’t allow me in the kitchen as she had two, sometimes three pressure cookers going at once. I’d stare as the jigglers, or regulators, so aggressively shake in place and just quietly wonder why they did that. No other pot makes so much noise, I thought.  The hissing of the jiggler was interesting and eventually broke my curiosity. That’s when my mother explained the seemingly complicated cooking pot to me. And I was hooked.

If you’re familiar with the pressure cooker, then you need little convincing to use it. If you’re not familiar, it should suffice to know it will reduce your cooking time by up 70% consistently and save you tons of time. In this “insta” society we live in, it makes complete sense to own one. Or two. Or 13 as in my case.


Essentially, a pressure cooker is much like most other conventional cooking pots and serves the same purpose and more. Unlike conventional cookware, a pressure cooker lid and its components cause the pot to completely seal, not allowing any water or steam to evaporate. When the water reaches its boiling point, the steam pressurizes. What you end up with are higher cooking temperatures and much, much shorter cooking times, usually about 70%. For example, black beans in a traditional pot (without overnight soaking) would take about 3-4 hours. In the pressure cooker, it can take as little a 45 minutes, including a hearty piece of smoked ham or turkey hock. Steaks, meats, potatoes, and other foods take less than half the standard cooking time. Who doesn’t love that? Moreover, who doesn’t need that?

The time efficiently is a stand-alone argument for becoming acquainted with all its glory.  Cooking in one is an act of thorough technique, reserved for the expert. With time and practice you can make a pro. You’ll wonder why you had not converted to cooking in one sooner. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s stellar skill to have and best practices in the kitchen.

If you need more convincing, I’ve written this and this expert article on pressure cookers and their benefits, uses and safety. And if you need even more time to think about it, here are 6 recipes you can make in a pressure cooker.  Their ease will seal the deal.

Bren is a Latin-fusion private chef and avid world traveler, always looking for the next best adventure. As a writer, she documents her own food experiences with her camera and notepad and then shares on her blog, Flanboyant Eats. You can also check out her lifestyle and fashion expertise on her blog B So Chic!

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